Patrick McCartney | Peoples Improv Theater

Patrick McCartney

Patrick McCartney is an actor and Improviser. He got his start in Chicago in the late 1990’s where he studied with Del Close and Mick Napier. He spent two years in Chicago’s Second City Touring Company Blue Co where he toured the country with Ali Farahnakian, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. His love of the theater kept him working steadily in plays outside of the world of improv. He was a member of Chicago’s Center Theater Ensemble and did plays at Stage Left, Steppenwolf and The Bailiwick. He moved to LA briefly where he studied with Ivana Chubbuck. In NYC he became a regular at ASSSSCAT and a teacher at the first UCB space. He was a member of Shira Piven’s Water Ensemble where he starred in Elizabeth Gilbert’s “Pilgrims” at the Tribeca Playhouse. He was an original member of the improv groups “Centralia” and “Beer. Shark. Mice.” He’s done television and film including “Elf”, “Conan O’Brien”, “Wake Up, Ron Burgundy” and “Law and Order”. He has recently returned to the world of improv and has been teaching at the PIT. Patrick is a member of Centralia who perform Saturday nights at the PIT Loft. Patrick’s solo show about addiction and recovery “Sinister Kid” is currently playing at the Pit loft on Friday nights.

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Listen below to hear more about Patrick’s teaching style and improv philosophy, and to learn more about The PIT in his discussion with PIT Founder Ali Farahnakian.

Upcoming Shows
Grad Show | Level 5 | McCartney 9/24  Sep 24   7:00pm
Grad Show | Acting for Sketch and Scripted Comedy | McCartney 7/28  Jul 28   5:30pm
Upcoming Classes
Level 1 Improv | November 20 | Patrick McCartney  Nov 20 – Jan 22
Improv Level 1|October 22|Patrick McCartney  Oct 22 – Dec 10
Improv to Sketch | October 2 |McCartney  Oct 2 – Nov 6
Improv to Sketch with Patrick McCartney  Sep 11 – Oct 16
Acting for Sketch and Scripted Comedy | September 5th | Patrick McCartney  Sep 5 – Oct 10
Acting for Sketch and Scripted Comedy | August 26th | Patrick McCartney  Aug 26 – Oct 7
Level 0 Improv | August 9th | Patrick McCartney  Aug 9 – 30
Improv to Sketch | July 15 | Patrick McCartney  Jul 15 – Aug 19
Level 5 Improv | July 30 | Patrick McCartney  Jul 30 – Sep 17