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Patricia Hoag Simon

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
Coordinator of the Musical Theatre Program
  • Hal Prince and Patricia Birch congratulate Pat Simon for her work directing The Human Comedy
    Hal Prince and Patricia Birch congratulate Pat Simon for her work directing The Human Comedy

Patricia has served as Coordinator for Musical Theatre at Marymount Manhattan College since 1991. She has designed our various music theatre curricula as well as taught Musical Theatre Techniques, Scene into Song, Auditioning for Musicals, Senior Showcase and Special Topics courses such as The Musicals of Prince and Sondheim, New Musicals and Musicals That Won the Tony as Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical.

Pat directed Baby, She Loves Me, The Grass Harp, The Human Heart, Plain and Fancy, Carousel, The Human Comedy, Ragtime and South Pacific for the College.  Additionally, she has introduced music theatre professionals such as Robert Durkin, Josh Bergasse, Marcia Milgrom Dodge, Christopher D’Amboise, David Loud, and Stephen Oremus to the Theatre Production Workshop, where our students worked with them on such shows as The Boyfriend, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Bright Lights Big City, Drood, Vaudeville, and Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Our partnerships with Pearl Studios, Manhattan Movement and Art, Studio Maestro, The York Theatre Company, Ballet Hispanico and National Dance Institute are the result of Pat’s efforts to truly make New York City our campus for musical theatre.

Pat supervises a faculty of over forty musical theatre professionals in the fields of music theatre history, music theory, dance, private voice, auditioning, and acting for musical theatre. 

Frank Wildhorn was introduced to MMC by Pat and as a result, he not only received an Honorary Degree, but wrote the college a new Alma Mater!

Prior to MMC, Pat was a professional actor, appearing in A Shot in the Dark, Dames at Sea, Cabaret and Fiddler on the Roof. She worked as Casting Director and Literary Advisor for the WPA Theatre, casting Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias. For several years she worked at New York Agency and Bauman Hiller Associates assisting Mark Redanty before taking teaching and curriculum design positions with Musical Theatre Works and The American Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts.

Pat is especially proud of the MMC January Projects which have allowed students to work on new musicals or take master classes with Dev Janki, George Faison, Patricia Birch, Larry Fuller, Larry Grossman, Charles Strouse, Christopher Cerf, Paul Jacobs, Sarah Durkee, Adam Guettel and Barbara Siman among many.

Pat served as advisor in the first years of the Music Theatre Association (MTA) and Club Mosaic–which she continues to work with.

An oral historian, her work on Joshua Logan as well as her collected oral histories is housed at the Goodspeed Library of Musical Theatre in East Haddam, Connecticut.

Recently, Pat developed our International Summer Musical Theater Intensive. Students from Myongji University in South Korea (2016) and Shu-Te University in Taiwan (2018) were welcomed to MMC to study with our distinguished music theatre faculty–culminating in a showing of their work.

When not teaching or planning productions at the college–Pat enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, sharing her love of great food and musical theatre!

Title/Position

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
Coordinator of the Musical Theatre Program

Department

Theatre Arts

Email

psimon@mmm.edu

Phone

212-774-0714

Degree(s)

B.F.A., Boston Conservatory of Music - Acting, Musical Theatre

M.F.A., Florida Atlantic University - Acting, Directing

Recent Work

Oral History of Joshua Logan

Curriculum design for 2018 Summer Musical Theatre Intensive

Research

In August 2013, traveled to Sydney, Uluru and Cairns in Australia for research involving Aboriginal culture in connection with a new musical, Songlines and Dreamings.

 

In December 2014 visited the World War II Museum in New Orleans doing research for South Pacific at NDI.

 

In August 2015, traveled to Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo/Osaka and Kyoto, Japan to experience the musicals of Frank Wildhorn and others toward developing our International Summer Intensives.

Teaching

Musical Theatre Techniques

Scene into Song

Special Topics

TPW

Professional Experience

A Shot in the Dark

Fiddler on the Roof

Cabaret

Dames at Sea

Casting and Literary Advisor

Theatrical Agent

Location

Nugent Hall 152F