Patrick Riviere has been in the theatrical sandbox most of his life as a performer, playwright, director, producer, teacher and arts administrator. As a writer, most of Patrick’s works have challenged the stereotypes associated with gays and lesbians. In addition, his work has also grappled with the issues of having family members who are either mentally or physically challenged. Patrick’s poetry and art book Flowers in Autumn: endings and beginnings was published in 2006 and his play, The House of Nunzio was named a semi-finalist for both the 2003 Mill Mountain Theatre New Play Competition and the Twenty-Sixth Annual Mildred and Albert Panowski Playwriting Award. He wrote the book/lyrics for a children’s musical, Prince Watersplasher, which received a reading with the SCI Youth Ensemble in Manhattan and has adapted numerous children’s stories for PIE (Projects In Education) including a ten-minute version of A Christmas Carol entitled Old Mr. Scrooge, which was published in 2007. He has written several other plays, including two One-Acts, several ten-minute plays, and a full length drama, A Flower in Autumn, which had a World Premiere production in Chicago. His ten-minute play, I’M A UNIVERSALIST was recently selected to be a part of the Ten Minute Workshop Project. He has been given permission by award winning producer/documentarian Joan Shenton to use her controversial book Positively False as source material and is developing a courtroom drama entitled, No One’s Positive. Patrick founded All Seasons Theatre Company, co-founded The Emerging Artists Project, Inc., and was Industry Professional Liaison and a member of the Adjunct Faculty for the Drama Department at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has worked for Second Stage Theatre, Arts Horizons and The Hudson Riverfront Performing Arts Center. Patrick also served for a year as the chief theatre critic for theglobe.com in New York City penning all of their major reviews and his article about the necessity for “training” as an actor has been published by several organizations and websites. As a professional performer, Patrick has had the great privilege to work with Broadway directors Michael Greif and Stafford Arima; famed choreographer, Gemze de Lappe; RSC director Maurice Daniels; International director/choreographer Sam Viverito; Bob McGrath of Sesame Street and Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winning composer Charles Strouse on both the North American Premiere of I and Albert and a production of Rags.
Unique traits: Excellent with accents and can convincingly play Italian, Jewish, Greek, Irish, French and Middle Eastern.
Niagara University (Niagara University, NY)