Dr. Patricia Clark – Theater
Dr. Patricia “Patch” Clark is an Associate Professor and coordinator for both the Theatre for Youth and Theatre Education Programs at East Carolina University. She is also the Founder and Director of the ECU Storybook Theatre which tours to schools, libraries and festivals each year. Storybook Theatre has also appeared as part of ECU’s ArtsSmart and Family Fare Series for which she has directed such popular shows as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, James and the Giant Peach, Seussical the Musical, The Stinky Cheese Man, and The Jungle Book.
She has also written and directed Tales From Around the World, My, Hero Reaching for the Stars, Charlotte’s Web, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, The Runaway Bear ( in collaboration with the author of the original book, Chester Freeman) and All Aboard America! and All Aboard South America! (Original children’s musicals in collaboration with Dr. Linda High, School of Music, East Carolina University). Presentations about the original works were made in Lima, Peru and Beijing. In July of 2001 she directed the premiere production of Katmandu Off Broadway at the John Houseman Studio Theatre in NYC.
She has appeared in many roles in both the ECU Loessin Summer Theatre and ECU/Loessin Playhouse. Some favorite roles include Aunt Abby in Arsenic and Old Lace, Mrs. Tarleton in Misalliance, Aunt Eller in Oklahoma, Beatrice in A View From The Bridge, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town (which starred Pat Hingle), and Grandma in The Grapes of Wrath. Previous favorite professional acting credits include the American Revels Company’s production of Othello (Bianca) and A Christmas Carol (Scrooge’s Niece.)
She has served as an educator, director, and consultant to both public and private schools including the Governor’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts and Humanities at the University of Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University and Longwood College and directed at the International Children’s Festival at the renowned Wolftrap Theatre in Vienna, Virginia. She is the author of Intergenerational Arts in the Nursing Home (Greenwood Press, 1991) and Seniors On Stage (Praeger, 1985.)
“Patch” also serves as the Director of the ECU Summer Drama Camp K-12 held each year on the East Carolina University campus.