Patrick Cragin played every sport that his New Orleans Private Catholic School offered him as a boy, until he discovered Theatre. Then he quit all that nonsense and joined Boychoir and Ballet. Although he attempted to keep his newfound love for the arts hush hush (since kids can be cruel towards a boy soprano in black tights), somehow people started to discover his talent. He was chosen to play Jesus in the Stations of the Cross in 6th grade. He was chubby then, so out of sheer fear for what people would think of his jelly rolls, 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 with mostly B's and a couple of A's, Patrick decided to continue his pursuit of Performance at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He received a Bachelor's of Music in Musical Theatre and ate lots of Pizza. However, the rigorous dance training made it impossible for the jelly rolls to return.
Since then, Patrick has performed in countless TV, Film and Theatre productions all over the country. He's also had the honor of passing on his knowledge of Music and Theatre through teaching. Of all the experiences he's had, though, 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. Now, they have a freaking son! And HE'S awesome.
Well. I think I'll stop there. Writing everything in the third person is getting weird for me. Hopefully everything else you would want to know is here on this website. If not, hit me up and we can get tea sometime?
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."
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THE HEART OF IT ALL.
As I said in my about section, I married Faith in 2018. Then, in 2020, we had our son, Hugh.
I am so grateful for these two human beings. They are the reason I am able to do anything good. They support me, encourage me, and humble me. I am proud to walk with them in this wild journey we call life.
Thank you for visiting my website. Have a beautiful day!
Patrick T. Cragin