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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Patricia Riggin

Associate Professor of the Practice of Theatre

Acting I: Fundamentals of Performance
The Art of the Audition
Acting II: Voice, Body, Text
Advanced Acting Technique
Acting III: Spontaneity & Imagination
Acting Shakespeare

Patricia Riggin began teaching at Boston College in 2001 after being an Artist in Residence at Emerson College for five years. While living in New York City, she taught at Hunter College, Circle in the Square, and LaGuardia Community College. She is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher and trained extensively with the acting teacher, William Esper, an internationally recognized authority on the work of Sanford Meisner.

As a member of Actors’ Equity, she performed in New York City and in regional theaters, including Syracuse Stage, Portland Stage, and the Kennedy Center. Patricia has directed over sixty productions: in New York City, at Boston Playwright’s Theatre (Boston Theatre Marathon), Bar Harbor Theatre, Maine Shakespeare Festival, Penobscot Theatre, Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse, Portland Stage, and as a guest artist at numerous colleges. As the Executive Producer of Bloomsday Boston, she helped create daylong events at Boston College in conjunction with the New Center for Arts and Culture. In 2012 and 2013, she was the director of Commonwealth Shakespeare’s Apprentice Program.

At Boston College, Patricia has directed the New England Premiere of Credible Witness by Timberlake Wertenbaker, Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler, An Experiment With an Air Pump by Shelagh Stephenson, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich, Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and this year, Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets, and Still Waiting, new plays by Melinda Lopez, Kate Snodgrass, and Sheri Wilner.

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

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.

Professor Riggin received her A.B. from Cornell University and her MFA from Brandeis. She and her husband, David Lewis, are proud parents of Alexandra Lewis, BC Class of 2014.