Daniel L. Patterson (BFA 73, MFA 75) is a Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Keene State College in New Hampshire, where he has taught and directed for the last 35 years. Patterson served as chair and co-host of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for Region I (New England) from 2001 through 2003.
Patterson’s specialty is directing and acting although he has taught extensively in technical theatre and worked as technical director for Keene State College for the first 15 years of his tenure there. He has also taught design and stage management, and has a special place in his heart for the playwriting class that he has begun. He has directed over 30 productions at KSC.
At the University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance he studied directing under the tutelage of Dr. Francis Hodge.
In 1975, Patterson was one of the co-founders of the THEATREWORKS company at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs which has received numerous awards (including the Colorado Governor’s Award for Artistic Endeavor) for its Playwright’s Forum new play series and the THEATREWORKS Shakespeare Festival.
Professor Patterson founded his own Premiere Series at KSC, a new play competition that he runs every three years. Professor Patterson has acted in 17 of Shakespeare’s canon and has appeared in Shakespeare companies around the country. His favorite roles have been: Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Macbeth in Macbeth, Prospero in The Tempest, Roy in Angels in America, Mr. Lockhart in The Seafarer, and Lord Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer.
Patterson recently stepped down as chair of the National Critics Institute for the KCACTF in Region I, but continues to serve that organization as an adjudicator both in the North Eastern region and nationally. The new century has found Patterson becoming involved with the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) where he has served the new play development program as a director and an actor. He has also directed and co-produced the David Mark Cohen national playwriting award winner for that organization.