What’s the biggest ‘fail’ or goof you’ve seen on stage? (do tell the story)
One of my favorite stories occurred during a performance of Neil Simon’s Rumors. A character is supposed to go off stage and get a bag of pretzels and there are a bunch of jokes that follow concerning the character’s inability to open the bag. The actor went off stage and took an extra long time. When he returned he said with a panicked look on his face, “Um, I couldn’t find any pretzels!” and I thought, well, there go all of those great jokes! The actors managed to improvise and work around it, though.
Why do you love theatre?
I saw my first Broadway show when I was five years old and I was hooked! I love the shared experience of seeing a show and losing myself in a story. I love the collaborative nature of the experience of creating theatre and how interdependent all of the elements are. Theatre is transformative as an audience member or as a participant. I especially love that every single student can find their niche in theatre.
Theatre is for..
...about and sharing the essence of the human condition. Theatre is a mirror of society and it often captures a time period like nothing else can.
More about Pat
Pat Santanello is in her 26th year as Director of Theatre at Dublin Scioto High School in Dublin, Ohio and is the Troupe Director of Thespian Troupe #5440. She is in her 29th year as a member of the Ohio Educational Theatre Association’s Board of Directors, where she serves as Co-Chapter Director. She received her Ed.D. with a specialty in accessible theatre from the University of Findlay and graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A., B.S. Ed. And M.A. in Theatre Education. Pat received the Ashland Teacher Achievement Award in 1995, the Iota Lambda Sigma Distinguished Service award in 2003, and the Dublin City Schools Golden Shamrock Award in 2012. She is an Ohio Master Teacher and a 2003 Fulbright Memorial Scholar. She has served in a number of roles with the Educational Theatre Association, including service on the EdTA Governing Board, as a Leadership Coach, and as the co-chair of the Educational Theatre Foundation’s Advisory Committee. In October of 2010, she was inducted into the Educational Theatre Association’s National Hall of Fame. She is a proud founding board member of Short North Stage. She lives with her husband, Theo, and their two retired racing greyhounds in Dublin, Ohio.
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