Simon Prast graduated from Theatre Corporate Drama School in 1984, having completed a Law Degree at the University of Auckland the year before.
He has worked as an actor at Theatre Corporate, Downstage, Mercury Theatre and Auckland Theatre Company, which he founded upon the Mercury's demise in 1992.
For ATC, he produced 60 plays from 1993 - 2003. During that time, he also directed many productions, including TWELVE ANGRY MEN, CLOSER, THE CRIPPLE OF INNISHMAN, ART, WIT, THE JUDAS KISS, HARURU MAI, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, HAIR, THE DAYLIGHT ATHIEST, THE PLAY ABOUT THE BABY, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW and THE GRADUATE. He last appeared on stage for ATC in 2004 as a Roman senator in CALIGULA. His last production as a director for ATC was The PILLOWMAN in 2007.
Television and film credits include, GLOSS, SHORTLAND STREET, HERCULES, XENA, WARRIOR PRINCESS, SERIAL KILLERS, THIS IS NOT MY LIFE, GO GIRLS, A DEATH IN THE FAMILY, THE SINKING OF THE RAINBOW WARRIOR, EREBUS: THE AFTERMATH and WHEN LOVE COMES.
Simon was the director of the inaugural Auckland Festival, AK03. In 2010, he ran as a candidate for Mayor in Auckland's first Supercity election.
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. To Kill a Mockingbird. Rupert. The Good Soul of Szechuan. Anne Boleyn. The Pillowman. Caligula. The Graduate. The Rocky Horror Show. The Daylight Atheist. The Play About the Baby. Haruru Mai. Hair. A Streetcar Named Desire. ART. Wit. The Judas Kiss. Closer. The Cripple of Inishmaan. Death of a Salesman. Twelve Angry Men. Angels In America. Someone Who'll Watch Over Me. The Seagull. Daughters of Heaven.