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Patricia Riggin

adjunct assistant professor of theatre

Courses: Acting I, Acting Techniques I and II, Voice for the Stage

Patricia Riggin received her BA from Cornell University, her MFA from Brandeis University, and then continued her training in New York City. A member of Actors’ Equity, she has performed in New York City and in regional theatres, including Syracuse Stage, Portland Stage and the Kennedy Center. In New York, she trained with William Esper, Kristin Linklater, and Michael Howard and taught at Circle in the Square and at Hunter College. Patricia is a designated Linklater teacher and a specialist in the Meisner Technique; she gives workshops in these approaches to voice and actor training throughout the country.

At Boston Playwright’s Theatre, Patricia has directed new plays for the Boston Theatre Marathon for the past six years. She has also directed professionally for the Bar Harbor Theatre, the Maine Shakespeare Festival, the Penobscot Theatre, the Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse, and for the Portland Stage Company. In New York, she staged productions off-off-Broadway and “work-shopped” numerous new plays.  While teaching at Emerson College, where she was an artist-in-residence for five years, she directed To Kill a Mockingbird in their Majestic Theatre, and Lion in the Streets and Pride’s Crossing in their studio theatres.

During the winter of 2006, Patricia was a member of the National Selection Team for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She traveled across the United States to eight regional college theatre festivals where she saw a total of eighty-one plays in two months. As part of this team, she selected the four productions which appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington later that year. She also served as the New England playwriting chair for three years.

At Boston College, Patricia has directed the New England premiere of Credible Witness by Timberlake Wertenbacker, Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler, Terrence McNally’s Hope and An Experiment With an Air Pump by Shelagh Stephenson. She has also directed for AHANA Collective Theatre, a campus group she advises, and for the BC Arts Festival. As Executive Producer of Bloomsday Boston, she has created events celebrating Joyce’s Ulysses for the past two years.  Patricia teaches Acting One, Acting Techniques I and II, and Voice for the Stage.