Theatre Artist Inspired by Truthful Storytelling
Theatre Artist Inspired by Truthful Storytelling
Patrick is Theatre Artist that is honored to pass the torch to budding performers, whether it be as an actor, or student giving speeches in their ASB position or simply someone that fins reading to be a dull task. Since reading literature and attending live performances was a regular and exciting thing when he was younger, Patrick has come to realize it isn't doesn't come easy or available for many of todays students, through out 18 years teaching acting at South Coast Repertory and various...
Patrick is Theatre Artist that is honored to pass the torch to budding performers, whether it be as an actor, or student giving speeches in their ASB position or simply someone that fins reading to be a dull task. Since reading literature and attending live performances was a regular and exciting thing when he was younger, Patrick has come to realize it isn't doesn't come easy or available for many of todays students, through out 18 years teaching acting at South Coast Repertory and various Non-profit arts organizations, and as teaching artist in the transformative artists village movement of the late 1990s Long Beach, Patrick developed techniques and an understanding of how important it is for students to be engaged with story telling, speaking in front of people, and gaining appreciation for Literature and the Performing Arts.
Recently, Patrick finished an invigorating 12 years at Mater Dei Catholic High School as an English Teacher, Theatre Arts Teacher and last 6 years as an administrative position as Director of Performing Arts. Through out his time challenging the MDHS community to embracing and participate in all areas of Performing Arts, he successfully turned around the mentality that liberal arts is not a future for the OC students, instead students through private scheduled meetings and also in class assignments, students were coached and trained on how to be their best with creativity when applying for universities, Academic Decathlon speeches, Poetry Out Loud competitions and various scene and monologue categories at theatre festivals like CETA, Chapman Shakespeare, Fullerton College, Role-Abotu OC MVHS, in addition to directing 5 full length plays and various one acts for parents and community. This summer he is directing A Midsummer Nights Dream for the East Anaheim Zafaria & LB Playhouse, students and their families are welcome to attend dress rehearsals or performances the third week in July. This is his second adaptation this Shakespearean Fantasy script and eleventh time directing a full-length Shakespeare production. This fall he finally gets to direct a Sherlock Holmes mystery, so he is currently delving into research on the literature of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Basically everyday he reads literature and thinks or does theatre, it would be great to pass on this enthusiasm to you student.
As a English Teacher, had large classes but still found ways to involve each student in the study of literature, had high success rate of students going onto honors levels and/or surprising him with overwhelming writing efforts that they did for fun. (a sophmore varsity football player who had a D or F in English classes ended up writing a musical with music by the Smiths and Morrisey, and another shy student really caught onto to how Patrick introduced the meter and rhyme patterns of Shakespaeare ended up drafting a full five at play written in the style of Shakespeare) Patrick William taught the upper levels of high school students Speech and Debate. He likes turning on the light bulb in the student who realizes an easy and speech are the same thing, and then their writing and speaking both improve because the connection and expression were found.
A multitalented artist of various media and of course used in theatre too (Set Design, Costume Design, Lights & Sound, etc) he is well experienced in appreciation of various arts movements and the how and why and therefor of it all. A trip to a museum or simply a discussion about murals in Long Beach or online, can get students to activate both sides of their brain and form opinions or express their perspective and feelings. Many of his students have won film and theatre awards, for past 7 years Patrick and students were honored for Excellence in Theatre Education for State of California at the annual California Youth in Theatre Day. Last year a message play about the importance of theatre eduction was performed by 36 students from across the state in the Capitol Rotunda for legislators. Later that day an actress gave a speech to 400+ legislators and reporters about the need for youth advocacy for Theatre, he had directed her in plays by Chekov, Shakespeare, Twain, and even an adaptation "The Great Gatsby".
whether we read and study and discuss a play, or if we rehearse a speech or monologue, or open to student and parents ideas, you will have a new outlook on the importance of storytelling in the modern world and appreciation for the classics. Lets make this summer to be one of growth and discovery. I believe the that "details are the tiny truths that tell the tale", so please be willing to be pushed to answer hard questions like, "Why?" or "What do you fee?"/