Founding Board Member
Denise Simone is a founding member of Company of Fools in Hailey, ID, and from 1996-2016 she served as its Co-Producing Artistic Director helping to guide the company in becoming one of the leading arts organizations in the state. She was awarded the Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2014 and an ICA Performing Arts Fellowship in 2018. Simone served as a commissioner for the Idaho Commission on the Arts (2003–2010), as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, and served on the boards of the Migration Theory, Wood River Arts Alliance, and the Hailey Chamber of Commerce. In addition to her work as an arts leader, Denise also works as an actor, voice actor, teacher, and arts consultant.