Carrie Lee Patterson

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Carrie Lee Patterson

Assistant Professor of Practice
Area of Focus: Performance / Directing

Carrie Lee Patterson (Assistant Professor of Practice) teaches acting and directing and joined the faculty after performing extensively throughout the country as well as in Chicago, where she lives and has lived for a dozen years.  Her latest work in Chicago has been with Victory Gardens, Drury Lane, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Chicago Dramatists.  Her favorite roles include Desdemona in Othello and the Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost (Illinois Shakespeare Festival), Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest (Arizona Repertory Theatre), Ophelia in Hamlet and Hero in Much Ado About Nothing (Washington Shakespeare Festival), C in Three Tall Women (Bas Bleu Theatre Company), Amalia in She Loves Me (South Suburban Theatre Company), Lizzie in 110 in the Shade (Canterbury Theatre), and the singer Hayyah in Famous Door Theatre Company’s award-winning production of  Ghetto.  She spent three seasons with Nebraska Repertory Theatre, where she performed in Dinner with Friends, Wit, Crimes of the Heart, Proof, Lend Me a Tenor, and The Guys.  Carrie Lee is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, the newly merged Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the American Guild of Musical Artists.  She works regularly in print, commercial, and voiceover, and her most recent film credits are Where It Gets You, Heather, The Last Days of British Hondurus, and Cloistered Honey.

Carrie Lee spent two years as Head of Acting and Directing for the Department of Theatre at Graceland University in Iowa.  While there she enjoyed directing many plays, including On the Verge, She Stoops to Conquer, Last Train to Nibroc, Shooting Stars, Laundry and Bourbon and 1940’s Radio Hour.  More recently, she directed I Hate Hamlet at the Attic Playhouse and a staged reading of Any Other Name for Equity Library Theatre Chicago.  Over the last two seasons, Carrie Lee directed Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, Paragon Springs and The Taming of the Shrew for the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film.  She is a graduate of Willamette University and earned her M.F.A. from the University of Arizona.  Throughout the school year, she continues to tour Susan’s Dream: If Thee Must, Thee Must, her solo show based on the life and letters of Susan B. Anthony.