Patricia Carreras has been working professionally in all types of theater for over 30 years. She began her work as a teaching artist in 1985 with the Lincoln Center Institute for Aesthetic Education. She has an undergraduate degree in Theater and Film from the University of New York at Fredonia and a Master’s of Art in Theatre and Film from SUNY Buffalo. Patricia first came to Memphis, Tenn. in 1989, and joined the Teaching Artist staff at the Center for Arts Education— formerly the Memphis Arts Council; there she was trained as a Teaching Artist in Wolf Trap’s Early Learning through the Arts. Patricia has been part-time faculty at the University of Memphis since 2000 where she teaches dance concepts and basic ballroom in the College of Education. In 2006 she was invited to create Nutrition Programs for The St Jude Children’s Research Hospital and recently shared those concepts with fifth graders in the Pulaski County School District in Arkansas. Since 1994, Patricia has been seen on thousands of stages and classrooms across the South including Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas and Kentucky. Her character, ‘Couch Potato Polly’ (originally written for Memphis Children’s Museum), has been seen across northern Mississippi’s libraries and Head Start centers. Every summer, Patricia is invited to come to Alaska and work alongside Training Better Artists Toward A Better Alaska Theatre Company as a guest director, teaching artist and playwright. Her residencies highlight her love of arts integration and include Pantomime, Puppetry Arts, Mask, and Improvisation.
Lessons & Workshops: Pantomime Arts (grades 2-6); Puppetry: Bringing Puppets to Life! (grades K-4); and more.
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