Essay Coach

Patricia was born and raised in and around the city of cheesesteaks, history, and rabid sports fans–Philadelphia. Growing up in the Quaker education system, she had the gift of teachers who encouraged her to explore storytelling at an early age. These teachers have inspired her own teaching at the high school and college level for over a decade. In addition to coaching students one-on-one, she has been a Guest Artist at Boston College, Emerson College, NYU, and Sacred Heart University and a long-time Teaching Artist in the New York Public School system. Patricia prides herself on getting to know each student, creating a safe yet creatively challenging space, and helping each student discover, craft, and polish the story only they can tell. Her favorite aspect of essay coaching is how the self-discovery involved in the process can ripple through a student's life long after the essay is done.

Patricia has also explored storytelling as an actor, creating roles in shows like Death Takes a Holiday and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and appearing in NYC and theaters across the country. She has performed nationally with symphonies and can be heard on the cast albums of Death Takes a Holiday and Merrily We Roll Along or seen on the PBS “Live from Lincoln Center” production of Carousel and reruns of Law & Order: SVU.

In addition to developing roles on stage and screen, Patricia never stopped writing. Her work has been presented at Boston College, Emerson College, Goodspeed Opera House, and the Philadelphia Women’s Theater Festival. She is the writer of the plays Mermaid People and An Appeal and the book writer and lyricist for the musicals Sweetwater, Learning How to Drown, and The Girl Who Fell Off the Key. Passionate about expanding the stories we tell about women on stage, she is also a co-creator of the #makeitfair Project, which advocates for gender parity in the entertainment industry and beyond.