Hi, I'm Patrick
I'm a musical theatre writer in New York City. I'm allowed to call myself that because it says so on an expensive piece of paper on my wall that says I received a Master's Degree from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU Tisch. You can learn more about my shows in the menu at the top of this super hip website.
My origin story...
I was born in 1991 in the small town of Jackson, Wisconsin. Regis and Kathy Lee was playing on the television and the doctor was at a different hospital. I grew up playing in the woods and farm fields and had a pretty average childhood aside from the few traumatic experiences that I'm totally over and everything's fine.
I was a very busy kid and I spent a lot of time trying to convince myself that I didn't want to be a musician but I finally gave in and went to lessons and schooling because peer pressure is a bitch.
I went to UW-Milwaukee for the first year and a half of my undergraduate where I studied Film and Instrumental Composition and Technology. I made odd little animated shorts and wrote music using only garbage as instruments. That got weird so I dropped out and decided to take some time off of school and reevaluate what I wanted to do because we tell 18-year-olds that they need to plan the next sixty years of their life.
I found myself playing piano for a small production of Little Shop of Horrors. That hit the spot for me and I knew I was attracted to theatrical music and storytelling. I had also found a group of people that were just as wild as me. I chose to return to school and finish my Bachelor's degree at McNally Smith College of Music in St Paul, MN.
There, I studied Instrumental Composition and Songwriting. I studied under Gary Rue, Jay Fuchs, Sean McMahon, Erin Schwab and Adi Yeshaya. While there, I worked as a music theory tutor and librarian. I gigged out with the band, Lavender Daughter (They are still going in the Twin Cities. Check them out!)
One of my favorite projects during my time in the Cities was a collaboration between Nautilus Music Theater and the University of Minnesota on a staged production of Jethro Tull's Thick As A Brick album. I acted as the music director under the mentorship of Robert Elhai (The Lion King, Across the Universe, Spider-Man Homecoming). Together we transcribed the entire album and with director Ben Krywosz created the show with the students at the University.