Patrick Cragin played every sport that his middle school offered him, until he discovered Theatre, at which time he quit all that nonsense and joined Boychoir and Ballet. He was chosen to play Jesus in the Stations of the Cross in 6th grade. He was chubby then, so out of sheer fear, he lost 20 lbs. in 6 weeks and looked REAL good by time he had to slash his chest with red marker for the crucifixion.
That commitment to his art has never stopped and will never stop for Patrick.
After graduating High School, Patrick decided to continue his pursuit of Performance at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he received a Bachelor's of Music in Musical Theatre. Since then, Patrick has performed in countless TV, Film and Theatre productions all over the country.
The coolest thing Patrick has ever done, by far, is ask a girl named Faith Patches to drive him home from rehearsal. She's awesome. A year later, he asked her to marry him, and now they have a son, and HE'S awesome.
Patrick loves to create things. Performing in other people's creations is awesome, but taking nothing and making it something...ugh...so. much. fun.
Here are a few things that Patrick has brought to life:
Many teachers of performing arts have not had the experience of actually performing in the field for twenty years. Similarly, many performers have no clue how to relate to children and/or teenagers and are therefore not fit to teach.
Patrick, however, has been fortunate to have had a saturated career in both performing and teaching. His experience as a teacher spans from private voice/piano/guitar/acting lessons with all ages, to directing and choreographing the spring musicals at Dominican High School. From working one on one with children on the Autism Spectrum, to co-teaching a Pre-School three year old class. (That was a fun one, especially when Covid hit and we had to engage 13 three year olds via zoom)
Children are so life giving for Patrick as an artist, a father, and a human being. He will never stop sowing into future generations of performers!
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
ARTS DEPT. HEAD AT ST. MARY'S DOMINICAN HIGH SCHOOL
Patrick was an immediate hit with the students. He quickly won over the administration because of his respect for the students and professionalism with which he handled the productions. He taught, mentored, directed an choreographed beautifully.
PARENTS OF 3 PRIVATE GUITAR STUDENTS
Our three kids, ages 11-17, have worked with Patrick the past year in person and then over zoom during COVID-19. Despite their initial resistance to learning to play an instrument, they were quickly sold as a result of Patrick's easy going demeanor and terrific instruction. We now have music in our house every day, a blessing in these strange times, thanks entirely to Patrick.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT LOUISIANA ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS
Our students raved about their lessons with Patrick - he was an extremely popular and thorough music teacher at LAAPA. Students of all ages will find him to be an engaging, productive and personable mentor
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF POCONO SPRINGS CAMP
Patrick was an incredible instructor and counselor for our campers of all ages at PSC. He easily connected with every camper, made instruction fun, and showed his passion for The Arts everyday."