by Emma Krzyzaniak, Published September 30, 2013
Since 2006, Simmons has been inspiring students and challenging them to reach their full potential. He takes time to teach his students the nuts and bolts of a career in the theatre world and takes the extra time to make sure all of their questions are answered. Many students say they owe their success to the help and direction they have received from Simmons.
While at EMU Simmons has done more than just teach. He is an advisor for multiple majors and minors within the Media and Theatre Arts and the Music and Dance departments and a mentor in the LGBT Resource Center. Even with his busy schedule, Simmons has found time to participate in many Eastern productions. To name a few: performing as Katschei, the evil wizard, in EMU's ballet The Firebird; performances with EMU's Encore musical group; and choreographing and leading "Flash Mob 'Jai Ho'" in the Student Center for International Week.
Before coming to EMU Simmons spent 15 years as a working actor, singer, dancer, and casting assistant in New York City. He has had the great honor to work amongst talented people, such as comic great Rip Taylor and Tony Award winner Ron Holgate. Simmons is also a Bob Fosse specialist and teaches master dance classes all over the country.
Join us in celebrating Phil's accomplishment at the 53rd Annual Teaching Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception, Thursday, November 7, starting at 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, please call the Office for Alumni Relations at 734.487.0250.