Patrick Dunning is an actor, theatre maker, teaching artist, sound designer, and musician based in Brooklyn, New York. Originally from Salem, Massachusetts, he got his start in the performing arts by slamming whipped cream pies in his face for a 5th-grade class adaptation of Aesop’s “The Tortoise and the Hare” fable. He kept at it from then onward, taking advantage of school opportunities for musical theatre and modern drama. During the summers he focused on classical theatre, acting in Salem’s Rebel Shakespeare Company during his high school years and returning as a director while in college.
Pat holds a degree in Drama from Vassar College, where he studied acting and devised theatre and was a member of the Vassar College Shakespeare Troupe. He has studied acting at the Moscow Art Theatre School (National Theatre Institute MATS Program) and at Konstantin Raikin’s Higher School of Performing Arts in Moscow. He has performed at The Tank, Columbia School of the Arts, New York Theatre Workshop and more, in a range of work frequently based in devised theatre, new play development, and site-specific/immersive theatre. He is interested in work that crosses theatre with other performance mediums, and work that adapts, revitalizes, and complicates older texts.