MMC Performing Arts for Racial Justice

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Dan Mosher
Jul 13, 2020
Class of 2015

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Alexandria Markert
Jul 12, 2020
As an alumni, I am frankly shocked and appalled at this level of behavior. Her excuse offered is as reprehensible as it is a blatant fabrication. Never in my adult life have I been so ashamed to see a school I attended which prided itself on its inclusivity and diversity fail so spectacularly in a moment when it’s students needed it. It is at its core, a failure of leadership on the part of senior departmental management not to address the utter disrespect of that moment.

Finally on an artistic note, I find it simply terrifying that as a professor of performance that she couldn’t have at least attempted to act interested. After all, isn’t teaching students to act her job?

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David Rosenholtz
Jul 12, 2020
She was awful ten years ago and awful now

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Judy Ruiz
Jul 12, 2020
Time to go Patricia.

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Adam Martinek
Jul 8, 2020
Because I was a student at Mmc and it’s disturbing.

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Sierra Williams
Jul 6, 2020
I’m signing this because what she did is beyond disrespectful, and she doesn’t deserve to shape the minds of our future.

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Madeleine Dauer
Jul 5, 2020
I was never a direct student of hers, but as stated in multiple accounts on this petition, her reputation was enough that everyone knew of her and feared her. I had plenty of friends and fellow classmates that had to endure her constant racist and fatphobic harassment and it is absolutely unacceptable that she continues to hold a position at Marymount.

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Kiersten Foster
Jul 5, 2020
For all my fellow students of color who have been belittled and tokenized by the MMC theatre department. I have been apart of these discussions (since September of 2019) at MMC BEGGING for tolerance and inclusion in the FAPA departments. And no movement at all. Deaf ears.

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Rachel Balma
Jul 4, 2020
It's been a long time since I was at Marymount and I'm certain my own privilege, decision to drop the musical theater minor, lack of presence in actual mainstage shows, and decision to spend a year away from NYC also affect what I remember of that time and my general experiences. Thus, I cannot speak specifically to instances of racism, though I fully believe and support those who are speaking out. That said, I can speak to moments of fat-shaming, sexism, bullying, and building a generally deeply uncomfortable environment (both for students, other teachers, and vocal coaches etc.) -- one that isn't acceptable in any circumstance, but most certainly not in an institution or environment of learning. Marymount gets students when they are young and vulnerable, age 17, big city, and entering a learning space that requires vulnerability -- the arts. They have the chance to build strong, inclusive, powerful young artists, and there were some professors who worked towards and did this. But in many cases there was a deep irresponsibility, a beating down, and unfortunately Pat Simon was a part of that. I think great change is required on many levels if things are still (and they clearly are) happening in this way 10 years later. That is why I am signing.

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Hagen Bell
Jul 4, 2020
Remove racist faculty members immediately