Fay Simpson

Associate Arts Professor

Fay Simpson

Is the Founder of the Lucid Body, a physical process for actors based on the exploration of the seven chakra energy centers. She is an Associate Arts Professor at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, and has been the Artistic Director and co-founder of Impact Theatre since its creation in 1990 (D-Train, Degas’ Little Dancer, Marital Bliss of Francis and Maxine, Kurt’s Wife: A Story of Lotte Lenya, Grey Gone, and most recently, SCOTTY). 
The Lucid Body House opened in March of 2013, in midtown Manhattan. Fay has taught at The Yale School of Drama, The Studio/NY, The New School, Michael Howard Studios, and Marymount Manhattan College.  She coaches privately for stage, TV, and film and has brought the work to theatre companies in New York and abroad. She co-founded a Theatre for Social Change summer program in Tanzania for the Yale Drama students, and is now in the midst of The Veterans Project; Homecoming, bringing theatre to VA centers around NY to stimulate dialogue and change. She has a two year teacher training program now in place.

Fay has received a Fellowship from the Likhachev Foundation for research in St. Petersburg, Russia,  Fox Foundation Fellowship, which enabled her to serve as an Assistant at the New Globe Theatre in London under the artistic directorship of Mark Rylance and is the recipient of the ‘Amy and Eric Berger National Theatre Essay Award’ for development of her book, The Lucid Body; A Guide for the Physical Actor. This book was hailed by Drama Book Shop as “one of the ten most essential books for the actor.” She is a member of the Actor’s Center.


B.A., Colorado College

M.A., Gallatin School, New York University