Patricia joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin in 1992. Before coming to UW-Madison, she taught acting at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Cal State-Long Beach, San Jose State and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She trained professionally at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, American Conservatory Theatre and the Stratford Festival, Ontario, and her graduate degree is from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is a member of Actor’s Equity Association and the Michael Chekhov Association. Patricia is in the process of being certified as a teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique as an extension of her interest in psychophysical training for the actor.
Patricia’s recent stage credits include performing internationally in a series of plays by Samuel Beckett. In 1995, she and director/actor/actor-trainer Phillip Zarrilli co-founded THE BECKETT PROJECT in consultation with Beckett’s premiere actress, Billie Whitelaw. Since that time she has performed in a variety of Beckett’s later plays throughout the U.S., the U.K., Europe and the Far East. Some of her other recent performance work includes playing Artemis and Hecuba in THE GREEKS, Linda Loman in DEATH OF A SALESMAN, Esther Franz in THE PRICE and Mrs. Webb in OUR TOWN for Madison Repertory Theatre; developing the role of Gwynen in THE ALMOND AND THE SEAHORSE at Victory Gardens Theatre; performing Gertrude in HAMLET, Elvira Condomine in BLITHE SPIRIT and Sally Talley in TALLEY’S FOLLY at the Grove Theatre Center in Los Angeles.
Other professional credits include playing major roles for such theatres as the California Actors Theatre, California Repertory Theatre, the Magic Theatre, the Michigan Ensemble Theatre, the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and others. She is the recipient of several awards for her performance and performance research.