Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, I grew up the only child of a single mother, only to discover in adulthood that I actually have four half-sisters. Such surprising twists and bends in the road have continued to follow me throughout my life and career, whether working for the Mouse in Orlando, wearing next to nothing onstage in Las Vegas, or finally leaving cruise ships for the bright lights of New York City (only to go back to them years later). Here’s an overview of that 30-year adventure so far, with more wonderful unexpected turns sure to follow…
Theater credits include the original cast of First Wives Club in Chicago with Faith Prince and Carmen Cusack, The Addams Family National Tour with Douglas Sills, and the Evita National Tour with Caroline Bowman. My Off-Broadway debut came in 2010 with The Extraordinary Ordinary and numerous world premieres, staged readings, and workshops have followed in New York City. Among my favorite regional productions Man of La Mancha would be at the top of the list, which I have performed four times (three times as the Duke/Carrasco and once as Cervantes/Quixote). There's also Bruce in Fun Home (Henry Award nominee for Best Leading Actor in a Musical), Bela Zangler in Crazy for You (SALT Award Nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical), and Robert Kincade in Bridges of Madison County at Theater Raleigh.
On the big screen, experiences include the award-winning short film B Movie, a comedic Chinese movie Lost in Russia, and a rooftop psychological drama The Ledge, which debuted at the L.A. Short Film Festival. And in television, I have had co-starring roles on primetime network shows Blue Bloods and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, supporting roles in re-creation dramas like Six Degrees of Murder and The Perfect Murder (Discovery ID), and a leading role in the popular History Channel series The Food That Built America. There have also been numerous national commercials, including being a spokesman for AFLAC and World of Warships, which filmed in Belarus.
My spokesman skills have translated into hosting events ranging from large national conventions and grand openings to intimate one-on-one, red carpet interviews. And my voice has been used in commercials, like an NFL-themed ad for Bud Light, as well as podcasts like Ninth World Journal and The Industry. I was even a special guest host on the popular Podcast Pontifications by Evo Terra.
Since 2017, I've been producer and host of my own award-winning theater podcast Why I’ll Never Make It, which received the Communicator Award of Distinction in 2022. In this podcast I bring on guests to explore the setbacks and challenges actors and creative professionals face, all while challenging the notion of what it means to “make it” in this business. Interviews range from such notables as Joey Fatone (from *NSYNC and various TV shows) and Justin Guarini (American Idol singer and Broadway actor) to work-a-day actors, composers, directors, and teachers from New York to Los Angeles and places in-between. I have also been a guest on other podcasts like Actor Aesthetic, EntertainmentX, Eff Your Fears, and Mental Talk.
In 2010 I began to volunteer and work for a tremendous non-profit organization called Only Make Believe, which brings interactive theater to children in hospitals, care facilities, and special education centers. Producer Dena Hammerstein established OMB in 1999 in memory of her husband James (son of theater legend Oscar Hammerstein), for his dedication to the theater and her own passionate love for children in need. It’s a true blessing to be a part of such a special and meaningful company.
When Patrick goes on in a role, he soars. And he had some big shoes to fill, particularly with Lurch.
Addams Family National Tour
Every time I hear Patrick's voice on Why I’ll Never Make It, I just want to put on a cardigan, grab a scotch and cigar in front of my fireplace, and listen.
Actor & Producer
I am so glad to have finally had the opportunity to work with Patrick, a joy from start to finish and such a talented and positive spirit.