Patrick holds a BA and MFA degree both in Theatre Directing from Western WA University and Humboldt State University respectively. He has been involved with non-profit theatre for over 25 years worked with small to large theatres as a director, performer, stage manager, coordinating marketing and development, and has served as an active board member and supporter. He has taught classes at various colleges and universities and earned the respect of administrators, artists and students alike.
Through the years his knowledge and broad experience enabled him to advise many performing arts groups as to best practices to boost their sales, maximize their strengths and improve their bottom line. His strong knowledge of computers and technology has also been leveraged including his current position as Product Manager & System Expert for Arts People software company (arts-people.com) where he helps client organizations all over the US and Canada to succeed. Formerly, Spike was Director of Information Technology and Resources at Portland Center Stage, one of the 25 largest non-profit theatre companies in the US. He was part of the executive leadership team of top-level management that coordinated efforts together and handled strategic planning for the company.
With all this work in non-profit performing arts, his interaction with other non-profits expanded out over the years as well, working with such organizations as Friends of PWA Foundation as a consultant, web designer, and publisher of their logo and all collateral materials. He was on the board of directors of the Oregon Bears for a number of years functioning as web designer/webmaster, membership coordinator, treasurer and special event committee member for several special events. Additionally Patrick published the club newsletter and event programs and coordinated advertising with local businesses for these publications. He worked as office manager for Redwood Arts Project in Humboldt County CA wherein he re-designed the organizations website, published printed materials such as brochures, letterhead, and newsletters, and he administered the non-profit organizations annual funding grant, maintaining exact bookkeeping and grant reporting records.
Patrick has served as a member of various non-profit boards of directors including Ocean Shores Woof-a-thon, Bag&Baggage Productions, Bellingham Theatre Guild, Shakespeare Northwest, and Lakewood Players, in WA.
Patrick directed and designed a holiday production for Longview Stageworks theatre company in Longview WA. During the process he consulted with Artistic Director Yolanda Suarez on ways to creatively market the production and the theatre, how to maximize their small performance space and stretch every dollar to create as much "magic" for the production as possible, and more. Feel free to read a letter of recommendation submitted by Yolanda.
As a producer and artistic director, Patrick produced highly successful theatre productions in Monterey CA under the company name of PS Unlimited Productions. He also co-produced a hit production of Greater Tuna at Ferndale Repertory Theatre in northern CA in which he also performed and directed.
Spike is always eager for new creative projects, and to assist non-profit arts groups to improve on their successes. Feel free to contact him with any questions or opportunities.
Unique traits: large round belly. engaging eyes, very flexible character voice