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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Patricia Riggin

Assistant Professor of the Practice of Theatre

Acting I: Fundamentals of Performance
Acting II: Voice, Body, Text
Acting III: Spontaneity & Imagination
Meisner Technique

Patricia Riggin works in the theatre as a teacher, director, and actor. After receiving her BA from Cornell University and MFA from Brandeis, she continued her training in New York City where she began her acting and directing careers. 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.

As a director, Patricia has worked in New York City, and for such companies as Boston Playwright’s Theatre (Boston Theatre Marathon), Bar Harbor Theatre, Maine Shakespeare Festival, Penobscot Theatre, Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse, and Portland Stage. She has been a guest artist at numerous colleges, directing over sixty productions, including the New England premiere of Lion in the Streets by Judith Thompson and To Kill a Mockingbird at Boston’s Majestic Theatre while teaching at Emerson College. During the summer, she is the Director of the Apprentice Program at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston.

Since joining the faculty at Boston College in 2001, Patricia has directed Terrence McNally’s Hope, the New England premiere of Credible Witness by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, and Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls.

Patricia has also directed numerous new works for Boston College Arts Festival, mentored AHANA Collective Theatre (ACT), created BC Stories (gathering and producing stories from BC workers), produced Bloomsday Boston, taught at Framingham MCI (the MA Correctional Institution for Women), and has been active in the Intersections and Halftime programs at Boston College.

While serving as Playwriting Chair for the New England region of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), she served on the National Selection team in 2006, traveling throughout the United States for the Kennedy Center and seeing over 70 plays produced by university theatre departments. Currently, she is a member of Region One’s Selection Team, responding to college productions in New York and New England.