Andra Velis Simon Archive

The Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department continues its 2016-2017 mainstage season with the hit musical Little Shop of Horrors, running March 8-18 in the Sheldon Patinkin Theatre of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Center, located at 72 E. 11th...
Firebrand Theatre, a new Chicago-based musical theatre company “committed to employing and empowering women,” will launch on Monday, February 27, with a benefit concert, Nothin’ Like a Dame: A Celebration of Women in Musical Theatre, at the Mercury Theatre,...
Heather Gilbert
Heather Gilbert, one of Chicago’s top theatrical lighting designers and head of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department‘s lighting design program, is profiled in the May 2016 issue of Live Design, a magazine serving the live entertainment industry with...
The Hypocrites' "H.M.S. Pinafore"
The Hypocrites, one of Chicago’s most respected and most creative theatre companies, won rave reviews for its production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operetta H.M.S. Pinafore at the prestigious Actors Theater of Louisville in Kentucky. The production featured the talents...
  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...