Andra Velis Simon biography
Andra Velis Simon
At Writers Theatre: Next to Normal
Andra Velis Simon is a music director, adapter, arranger, pianist and vocal coach based in Chicago. Regionally, her work has been seen at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, A.R.T. in Cambridge, Brooklyn Academy of Music, NYU’s Skirball Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Pasadena Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Olney Theatre Center in Maryland and Three Oaks in Michigan. In Chicago, she has had the pleasure of collaborating with dozens of arts organizations, including: The Goodman Theatre (The Iceman Cometh, Camino Real), The Hypocrites (Cinderella at the Theater of Potatoes, American Idiot, Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore.), Theater Wit (Mr. Burns, 10 out of 12), Chicago Children’s Theatre (The Hundred Dresses, A Year with Frog and Toad, Goodnight Moon, Last Stop on Market Street), Porchlight, Victory Gardens Theater, About Face, Lifeline, Strawdog and many others. Velis Simon is the Resident Music Director for Firebrand Theatre, where she music directed both productions in their inaugural season, LIZZIE and 9 to 5. From 2008-2016, Andra served as the staff Music Director for the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago, where she continues to teach musical theatre performance.
[Bio as of April 2018]