Andra Velis Simon Archive

  Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty members Andra Velis Simon and Heather Gilbert are the musical director and lighting designer, respectively, for re-imagined versions of classic Gilbert and Sullivan operettas this fall at two of the United States’...
The Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department hosted a reception on Monday, September 28, to celebrate the legacy of the late Sheldon Patinkin–teacher, director, friend, and mentor to thousands of theatre artists around the world, and longtime chair of the...
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty, alumni, and students are involved in The Hypocrites‘ keenly anticipated production of American Idiot–the Chicago premiere of the influential rock musical by Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong, and Michael Mayer. The ensemble includes...
The Hypocrites theatre company’s reimagined production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Mikado received a rave review from the Boston Globe in its engagement at American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The show, which features musical direction by Columbia...
Sheldon Patinkin (August 27, 1935-September 21, 2014)
An archival video of “A Celebration of the Life of Sheldon Patinkin” is available for viewing at the Columbia College Chicago web page for the Sheldon Patinkin Endowed Award. The memorial tribute to Patinkin–longtime chair of the Columbia College Chicago...
Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty, alumni, and students are helping bring a playfully reimagined production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta The Mikado to the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Presented by The Hypocrites, one...
 Several Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alumni and students are involved in Runcible Theatre Company’s staging of British playwright Howard Barker’s rarely-seen Scenes from an Execution, the tale of a 16th-century Italian painter’s clash with religious and secular authorities over...
Chicago’s Theater Wit has extended its hit production of Mr. Burns, a post-electric play, Anne Washburn’s comedy/drama/musical about a post-apocalyptic world comforted by memories of The Simpsons. The show’s production team includes Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department faculty member Andra Velis...