JERMAINE HILL is an assistant professor of theatre and music director in the Theatre Department at Columbia College Chicago. He recently music directed The Color Purple at Drury Lane Theatre and Goodman Theatre’s production of The Music Man directed by Mary Zimmerman. Other recent Chicago music directing credits include: Too Heavy For Your Pocket (TimeLine Theatre); The Total Bent (Haven Theatre); Nell Gwynn and Madagascar: A Musical Adventure (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Memphis (Porchlight Music Theatre); and Ragtime (Griffin Theatre). He has worked with a number of theatre companies in Chicago, including Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, and Marriott Lincolnshire. He is a three-time Jeff Award nominee for Best Music Direction and won a Black Theatre Alliance Award for his work on Memphis. He maintains an active acting career, including recent performances with Erasing the Distance, The Onion Labs, BlueCross BlueShield, and an episode of Chicago Med. He will next be music directing Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies with Porchlight Music Theatre and a limited engagement of Stephen Schwartz’ Children of Eden at the Auditorium Theatre. He holds degrees from Ithaca College and the New England Conservatory of Music, is an ensemble member of Griffin Theatre, and is proudly represented by Gray Talent Group.