Patrick McCartney and the gifts of learning and teaching improv

Join me and meet the multi-talented Patrick McCartney who is a talented actor, improviser, and teacher who has studied with and taught some of the most respected names in the entertainment industry. We learn about the great teachers who inspired Patrick’s teaching style and the effects of COVID-19 on the industry from his home in NYC.
Patrick’s improv journey began in Chicago in the late 1990s where he studied with the legendary Del Close and Mick Napier. He spent two years in Chicago’s Second City Touring Company Blue Co where he toured the country with Ali Farahnakian, Amy Poehler, and Tina Fey. Currently, Patrick teaches all advanced levels of improv, as well as Acting for Scripted Comedy at the People’s Improv Theater in NYC. Some of Patrick’s former students include Eric Stonestreet, Julie Klausner, and Ed Helms.

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His love of the theater kept him working steadily in plays outside of the world of improv. He was a member of Chicago’s Center Theater Ensemble and did plays at Stage Left, Steppenwolf, and The Bailiwick. He moved to LA briefly where he studied with Ivana Chubbuck. In NYC he became a regular at ASSSSCAT and a teacher at the first UCB space. Patrick performs regularly as a member of the long-form improv group Centralia. He is a teacher of acting and improvisation at The Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) and is available for personal acting and improv coaching.

Patrick has also taught for Time In Kids and is also available for private acting coaching. Patrick travels solo and with his group Centralia, teaching improvisation workshops to children and adults nationwide. In his classes and workshops, Patrick will help you learn how to make bold choices that connect you with the material and get you out of your head!.

You will want to learn more about my friend Patrick and his upcoming classes through the links below.

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You might want to listen to my fascinating discussions with other improv teachers and innovators including Deana Criess and Clay Drinko. *Improv Interviews podcast‘ is introduced by Susan L. Parker of

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