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David Patrick

David E. Patrick

Chairperson and Professor of Theatre

Office Location: 103 Browne Hall
Office Phone: (309) 298-1543





David Patrick is Chairperson and Professor of Theatre and Head of Scenic Design. He began teaching at WIU in the fall of 1975 and has been Chairperson since 2008. David received both a BA and an MFA from The Ohio State University. He has designed scenery at the Towpath Dinner Theatre and La Commedia Dinner Theatre, both in Ohio, Stagecrafters and Seascape Dinner Theatre, both in Florida. He teaches courses in scene design and drafting (hand and CAD), decor, and has taught the Intro to Theatre and Play Analysis courses.

David has designed scenery on over 170 productions (Mainstage, Summer Music Theatre, and Regional Touring Theatre) and has created numerous lighting designs and even a couple of costume designs. He has also served as a technical director. Five shows with his scenic designs have been presented at the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) regional festivals and two have received national design awards.

David has managed all the business affairs for departmental productions during the academic year as well as being the Managing Director for a number of years for Summer Music Theatre. For the reopening of the remodeled Hainline Theatre, David brought in Cathy Rigby to portray Peter in Peter Pan, for which he also designed the scenery.

David served as acting chairperson of the department on four occasions. For the university, he has served several terms as chairperson of the Council of Curricular Programs and Instruction. He has received two Faculty Excellence Awards, a Professional Achievement Award, is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, and was the College of Fine Arts Outstanding Teacher in 1994-1995.