Patrick Sims

Title/Department: Professor and Interim Vice Provost of Diversity and Climate
Email: pjsims@wisc.edu

Joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2004, Patrick is currently the Director of TCSA, Theatre for Cultural and Social Awareness. Before joining the faculty at UW Madison, Patrick was a company member at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as a Faculty Associate in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. There he served as a founding member and Artistic Director of the Human Experience Theatre (HET). TCSA and HET are interactive theatre-based training models that dramatize sensitive subject matters for universities, corporate and non-profit organizations in the United States.

Patrick has helped train employees at Miller Brewing Company, Harley Davidson, Wisconsin Energies, WI State Department of Workforce Development, in addition to several institutions of higher education throughout the United States. Sims and his theatre outreach programs have been featured at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) and the Diversity Summit at Yale University. On stage, some of Sims’ favorite roles include Sterling North and Cephus Miles in Madison Rep’s productions of PERMANENT COLLECTION and HOME; Neal in THE STORY at the Goodman and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; Hippolytus in PHAEDRA; Priam in THE GREEKS with the Shanghai Theatre Academy; and James Solomon in his original solo performance 10 PERFECT: A LYNCHING SURVIVOR’S STORY. His latest work, a bilingual solo performance entitled PIEL COMO EL MÍO (SKIN LIKE MINE), is inspired by race relations in Panamá and its three hundred year stint in the African slave trade.

Patrick earned dual BA degrees in Theatre and Psychology and an MFA in Acting from the Professional Theatre Training Program.