Jermaine Hill - Columbia College Chicago

Jermaine Hill

Assistant Professor


Jermaine is an Assistant Professor of Theatre, Music Director, and Musical Theatre Coordinator at Columbia College Chicago. Recent Chicago credits include: Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies and Memphis (Porchlight Music Theatre); The Color Purple (Drury Lane Oakbrook); The Music Man (Goodman Theatre); The Total Bent (Haven Theatre); Nell Gwynn and Madagascar: A Musical Adventure (Chicago Shakespeare Theater); Ragtime (Griffin Theatre). He is a five-time Jeff Award nominee, four-time Black Theatre Alliance Award nominee, and won the BTAA Duke Ellington Award for his work on Memphis. He has worked with many theatre companies in Chicagoland including Writers Theatre, Court Theatre, TimeLine Theatre, and Marriott Theatre Lincolnshire, and is an Ensemble Member of the Griffin Theatre Company.

Recent acting credits include work with The Onion Labs, the role of Sam in Breathe With Me (Erasing the Distance), a guest guest spot on NBC's Chicago Med, and industrials.

As a singer, he has performed with such diverse groups as the Chicago Symphony Chorus, The Orchestra of Saint Luke’s (NY), the Cayuga Vocal Ensemble (NY), and Ithaca Opera (NY). He has performed at The Aldeburgh Festival (U.K.), Chicago’s Symphony Center, New York's Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall (Boston), Saint Mark’s Basilica (Venice), the Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris), and has sung under such distinguished conductors as Bernard Haitink, Michael Tilson Thomas, Richard Egarr, and Simon Carrington.

Prior to his work in academia, he spent seven years working with Royal Caribbean Productions, musically directing, co-creating and vocally arranging nearly 100 production shows and musical events throughout their fleet.

He holds a Bachelor of Music from Ithaca College, and a Master of Music with Academic Honors from the New England Conservatory of Music. He is a member of the Chicago Federation of Musicians, and is proudly represented by Gray Talent Group.

Instructional Areas

Acting for the Musical Theatre Stage, Musical Theatre Performance Practice, Music Direction for the Musical Stage, Vocal Pedagogy, Voice for the Actor

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Contemporary Commercial Vocal Pedagogy, Musical Theatre History, American Popular Music at Times of War


B.M., Performance, Voice Ithaca College 2002
M.M., Vocal Performance New England Conservatory of Music 2004