Biography

Barbara J. Simon began teaching singing while

still an under-graduate in the NYU Tisch Musical

Theater program.  During her diverse career in the entertainment industry (including music, theater,

publishing, film, television), she always maintained

a private singing studio, teaching around her busy

schedule.

Author of the book Singing - Body and Soul: A Medley of Fresh Ideas about Musical Theater, Barbara participated (as an alumnae) in the NYU Gallatin Arts Festival with two presentations of the book.  Barbara had transferred to the Gallatin School of Individualized Study allowing her to continue theater classes at Tisch while studying a wider variety of subjects including Psychology, the Physics of Music, and Playwriting.  Barbara graduated with honors from NYU Gallatin.


HBO broadcasted two award-winning short films that Barbara performed in - titled “Hidden Desires” and “Grease Monkey.”  Both films were written and directed by Laurie Craig - head screenwriter for Ramona and Beezus, and Ella Enchanted.  Barbara served as Assistant Director for the 18 minute “Grease Monkey,” and the film received an Academy Award Short Film Nomination.  


Continuing to work in the film industry, Barbara became Director of Marketing for Double Helix Films (DHF) - an independent feature film production and international distribution company.  Seven of DHF’s films were produced / directed by Michael A. Simpson (Executive Producer of Oscar-winning Crazy Heart).  These feature films included Funland (screenplay by SNL writers Bonnie and Terry Turner), and Impure Thoughts (finalist at Sundance Film Festival.)


Moving into television, Barbara received a personal recommendation from Doug Herzog (current President of MTV), and landed a job as a Project Manager at the music-driven network Nickelodeon.  She worked as a liaison between the Creative Director and the Marketing Department.  Now Barbara owns BJ Simon Singing Studio LLC, and is able to advise her students in performing, as well as behind-the-scenes careers in the entertainment business.


Since 2010, Barbara has been associated with Art of Motion, a performing arts studio in Ridgewood, NJ.  This “professional studio school explores the body and mind as a creative instrument.”  She is delighted to be teaching voice and working side by side with the faculty, which includes distinguished dancers, performers, actors, and Broadway singers.  Check out Barbara’s photo and bio on their website.  ArtOfMotion.org.

  1.   Contest Judge for Scholastic Awards Scriptwriting Contest

  2.   Contest Judge for Avon Flare Teenage Novel Writing Contest

  3.   Voice Teacher for Dieckow School of Music in Hoboken, NJ

  4.   One-Woman Show Burning the Mask with voice / percussion at Silver Bay, NY

  5.   Two Articles published in international New World Outlook Magazine

  6.   Cabaret Singer in one-woman shows with musical director Stephen Flaherty

                - Tony winning composer of the Broadway musical Ragtime

Her experience in other aspects of the arts include:

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