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Phillip Simmons

Associate Professor of Musical Theatre & Dance

Phillip Simmons 128 Quirk

734-487-0033

psimmons2@emich.edu

Degrees

  • MFA - Acting (Secondary concentration, Playwriting), The University of Georgia, 1992
  • BA - Theatre & English, Oklahoma State University, 1988

Professional Associations/Memberships

  • Actors Equity Association

Representative Courses Taught

  • CTAR 106 - Introduction to Performing Arts
  • CTAR 150 - Introduction to Theatre
  • CTAR 158 - Fundamentals of Acting
  • CTAR 457 - Musical Theatre Audition
  • CTAR 461 - Musical Theatre Acting
  • CTAR 471 - Musical Theatre Workshop
  • DANC 103 - Tap I
  • DANC 101 - Jazz I
  • DANC 178 - Musical Theatre Dance I
  • DANC 178 - Musical Theatre Dance II
  • DANC 422 - Dance Workshop

Advising

  • Musical Theatre, minors
  • Dance, majors and minors
  • Theatre Arts, majors and minors
  • Faculty Sponsor, Dance Forum
  • Faculty Mentor, LGBT Resource Center

Biography

Phil Simmons spent the 15 years prior to coming to Eastern as a working actor, singer, dancer, and casting assistant in New York City. He is proud to have performed opposite comic great Rip Taylor as Hysterium in the Broadway First National Tour of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and to performed with Tony Award winner Ron Holgate in the Broadway First National Tour of The Man of LaMancha. He has played fellow Oklahoman Will Rogers in The Will Rogers Follies, Ozzie in the European Tour of On the Town, has sung the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber on International Tour of The Best of Broadway. Phil is a Bob Fosse specialist and teaches dance master classes all over the country. His passion is training students to be career performers who don’t just survive, but who thrive in the crazy business called “show.”

The Department of Communication, Media & Theatre Arts is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344