Patricia Riggin is on the faculty at Boston College where she teaches acting and voice. Since her arrival in 2001, she has directed plays and events for the BC community, including Top Girls, Uncle Vanya, Experiment with an Air Pump, Necessary Targets, Credible Witness, and Bloomsday Boston, serving as Executive Producer in conjunction with the New Center for Arts and Culture. In 2011, she created an event honoring the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Factory Fire and appeared in The Guys, marking the 10th anniversary of September 11th. The Guys was also performed at Framingham MCI where Patricia is a regular volunteer, bringing theatre to the women incarcerated there.
Patricia’s production of An Experiment with an Air Pump by Shelagh Stephenson was part of a collaboration with the Winston Center for Leadership and Ethics entitled An Unknown Future which included Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gareth Cook, DePaul College of Law Professor Michele Goodwin, and Michael Moreland, a former domestic policy advisor to President George W. Bush; their panel discussed embryonic stem cell research, cloning, and the biomedical ethics issues scientists and lawmakers confront.
Her New England premiere of Credible Witness by Timberlake Wertenbaker and a paired production of Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler were part of a major conference “Lessons Learned from the Balkan Conflicts” that drew diplomats and peace workers from around the globe. She also directs short works for the Boston College Arts Festival and is a founding member and advisor to the AHANA Collective Theatre (ACT@BC) that is dedicated to bringing new works by Asian, Latino, Native American, and African-American playwrights to the Boston College community.
Before moving to Boston College, Patricia taught at Emerson College for five years at first under the leadership of the celebrated vocal specialist Kristin Linklater who designated her as a Linklater teacher in 1991. While teaching at Emerson College, she directed the New England premiere of Lion In the Streets by Judith Thompson and To Kill a Mockingbird at the Majestic Theatre.
In New York City, she taught at Circle-in-the-Square and Hunter College. While in NYC working as an actor, director and teacher, she had the good fortune to train with Michael Howard, numerous members of Shakespeare & Company, and the renowned Meisner specialist, William Esper. Her B.A. is from Cornell University and her M.F.A. from Brandeis where she trained under Ted Kazanoff and Vivian Matalon.
Patricia has directed professionally for Bar Harbor Theatre, Maine Shakespeare Festival, Penobscot Theatre, Contemporary Theatre of Syracuse, Portland Stage Company, and for many years, the Boston Theatre Marathon. In New York, she staged numerous new plays and worked with both the Women In Theatre Festival and the Spotlight on Women series, producing new works by women playwrights. She has been a guest artist at numerous colleges, directing over fifty productions in her career
In 1995, Patricia began her involvement with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF), working with Kate Snodgrass, artistic director of Boston Playwrights Theatre. In 2006, Patricia was a member of the KCACTF National Selection Team, seeing over 70 plays in eight weeks throughout the country and helping to select the final four productions to appear at the Kennedy Center that spring.
This fall, she will direct These Shining Lives by Melanie Marnich at Boston College’s Robsham Theater.