Patricia Runcie has been directing, acting and teaching theater since graduating cum laude from Boston College and moving to NYC in 2001. Recent directing credits include the thriller Cliffhanger and the heartwarming Steel Magnolias and Dog Sees God. Favorite acting roles include Two Rooms, Polish Joke, Fallen Angels, Play it Again Sam and Crimes of the Heart. Patricia has directed for many theaters and production companies in New York City including The Algonquin Theater, The Looking Glass Theater, Manhattan Theatre Source, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Dramatists Guild, Artistic New Directions and Center Stage NY and has made a recent foray into directing short film with Low Self-Esteem Girl. With two other artists, she founded the Regroup Theatre in 2005, which produced a ten-minute play festival in both NYC and LA. Patricia has also taken a stab at playwriting--her work has been produced in New York and Los Angeles under the pen name 'Betty Pink.' She has also served as a teaching artist-in-residence at many NYC public schools, where she has been fortunate to cultivate successful theater and playwriting programs resulting in her students being accepted into highly competitive performing arts high schools. Patricia has been a member of the SDC (Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation) Observership program for the past four years. Up next, she will direct the US premiere of The Unicycle of Life for the award-winning Winnipesaukee Playhouse.
Boston College, Theater Arts, cum laude. 2-year Meisner Training Program with James Brill (The Neighborhood Playhouse, NYC). 2-year Uta Hagen Training Program with A.M. Raychel.
Teaching Artist Experience
Through ArtsWestchester teaching artist residencies, Patricia has integrated theater arts and performance with ELA. At Foxfire School in Yonkers, using narrative from the novel, The Phantom Tollbooth, fourth graders performed two scenes. They explored improvisation exercises, learned how to build character through movement, developed vocal projection through exercises using the Linklater technique, observed, analyzed and discussed peer performances, and discussed set and costume design. At Grimes and Rebecca Turner Elementary Schools in Mount Vernon, through the performance of the Greek myths of Persephone, Pandora, and Oedipus and the sphynx, second graders mastered vocabulary by acting out words and connecting vocabulary with meaning, studied the ideas of myth, mortality and immortality while developing their stage presence, voice projection and understanding story structure.