Patrese D. McClain

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Patrese D. McClain is thrilled to be working with Syracuse Stage for the first time on such an important and timely production. Patrese is a professional actor, educator, and creator hailing from Chicago, IL. As an accomplished stage and screen actor, Patrese works with many theatre companies in her hometown; as well as on the stages of regional theatres all over the country. National credits: National Broadway Tour of 2017 Tony award winning August Wilson’s Jitney. Regional Theatre credits include: Pipeline and Skeleton Crew at Actors Theatre; Short Shakes R&J at Chicago Shakespeare Theater; The Mountaintop and Skeleton Crew at People's Light and Theatre Company; White Guy On The Bus at Northlight Theatre; Spunk and Tartuffe & Misanthrope at Court Theatre; August Wilson’s Two Trains Running at Geva Theatre Center; No Child..., For Colored Girls… , and Pericles at The St. Louis Black Rep. Chicago Theatre credits include: Hang at Remy Bumppo; Bright Half Life at About Face Theatre; Cocked at Victory Gardens Theater; Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight at Windy City Playhouse; Ruined at the Goodman; El Grito Del Bronx at Collaboration in association with the Goodman. In addition to her stage work, Ms. McClain has made the transition to the big and small screens. Film credits include: Widows directed by Steve McQueen and Captive State directed by Rupert Wyatt, BET’s Friend Request, and Workingman. Television credits include: Fargo (FX); Chicago MedChicago Fire (NBC); Sirens (USA); and Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC).  Distinguished awards and recognitions for performance include: 2018 Barrymore Award Winner for Outstanding Leading Actress, St. Louis Circle Theatre Award Winner for Best Solo Performance, two time Joseph Jefferson nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Understanding the gift of theatre and acting as a craft, Patrese is equally committed to education and mentorship of younger artists. Being an ARTivist, Patrese has also spent her entire career advocating for equity and inclusion in the theatre industry specializing in arts engagement strategy. She holds a B.F.A. from Howard University, and she was the fourth African American woman to receive an M.F.A. in theatre from Pennsylvania State University. Former director of education for the University of Chicago’s Court Theater, Patrese is a faculty member at the National Theatre Institute, a member of the O’Neill Theater Center Artistic council, and continues to teach classes and workshops all over the country. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, and is an artist-in-residence at the Bronzeville Artist Lofts. For more information, please visit  


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