Kelly Simons

Kelly Simons joined the School of Design and Production in 2023 as a member of the Animatronics faculty. She works with her students to develop creative problem solving methods to carry with them through their careers.


  • 30 hour OSHA certified
  • University of California Irvine Project Management Principles and Practices Certification, December 2021

Career Highlights

  • Technical Director of Theatre and Lecturer of Communication Arts at Western Colorado University, 2022-23.
  • Project Manager for Prop Storage Renovation at Utah State University, Caine College of the Arts, 2020. 
  • Assistant Professor of Professional Practice of Technical Direction at Utah State University, Caine College of the Arts, 2019-21. 


  • Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
  • USITT Intermountain Desert Region Board Member, Secretary
  • USITT Early Career Member


M.F.A. Technical DirectionCarnegie Mellon University

B.F.A. Theatre DesignUniversity of Kansas

B.G.S. Film and Media StudiesUniversity of Kansas