Simon Bedford is an independent arts producer, based in Melbourne, developing projects that encourage a sense of wonder and play. Throughout his career, he has collaborated with a diverse range of artists to commission and present digital artworks, audio, film and theatre and Simon recently founded The Inhabitors to produce interactive adventures for audiences of all ages.
The Inhabitor's first project is In A Deep Dark Forest, an adventure game for children and their adults set in a magical pop-up forest and played in the dark. The project, conceived by Simon and created by Roslyn Oades and collaborators, was prototyped as part of ArtPlay’s New Ideas Lab in November 2015 and nominated for a 2017 Helpmann Award.
In addition to The Inhabitors, Simon produced Lemony S Puppet Theatre's Picasso and His Dog in 2016 and also provides producing support to UK theatre maker Mark Arends on his work for children and their families.
Prior to his arrival in Australia, Simon was Associate Producer (Digital) at Warwick Arts Centre where he curated a new strand of projects that explored creative uses of new technology. This included Sonic Gorilla, a series of sound/audio commissions and presenting the UK premiere of The Pool, American artist Jen Lewin’s interactive light sculpture.
Simon is also part of Arts Centre Melbourne's producing team, managing a range of projects for them including John Barrowman: In Concert and work as part of Asia TOPA in 2017. He also works as Systems Manager for Melbourne International Film Festival.
In 2016 Simon undertook research activity into artistic leadership/producing models on behalf of Simon Abrahams (CEO of Melbourne Fringe).
During his time at Warwick Arts Centre, Simon co-organised All Roads Lead to Coventry for Warwick Creative Exchange - a walking/talking event that supported the development of improved conversations between Coventry City Council and local artists, cultural providers and academics. In early 2015, he curated and facilitated Stories From a Digital World, a one-day event for Hoipolloi Theatre at Cambridge Junction that explored the impact of digital on artistic practice.
Simon worked for Hoipolloi for eight years until 2012, becoming the company’s Executive Producer and CEO in 2011. For Hoipolloi, Simon produced the award-winning work of Hugh Hughes in the UK, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and on international tours across Europe and to Australia, Canada, Colombia and the USA. Simon also led the company’s explorations into working across multiple platforms, overseeing the creation of the online Stories from an Invisible World story world and three short Hugh Hughes films.
He was selected as one of the Clore Leadership Programme’s Emerging Leaders in 2011 and was a director of the Independent Theatre Council from 2010 to 2013.