Patricia Miller has worn many hats in the world of professional theatre as an actor, writer, producer, and administrator. Ms. Miller was raised in Vidalia, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a BFA in Theatre and has a Masters in Arts Administration from New York University.
As an actor (member of Actors Equity Association since 1974), she has worked in New York City, toured the country and Canada, and appeared in regional theatres. Her acting credits include: Vanities(Off-Broadway) and the National Tour of Crimes of the Heart. She was the founder and artistic director in 1990 of a national playwrighting conference, The Gathering at Bigfork, in Bigfork, Montana. Ms. Miller studied with Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, and Stella Adler, the legendary New York teachers of acting and script analysis.
Her writing credits include The People vs. Mona, written with husband, Jim Wann, which enjoyed a sold-out engagement off-Broadway in 2007. A cast recording was released by Jay Records of London in 2009. Ms. Miller and Mr. Wann also created Jim's Garage, which had its premiere at the Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina in July 2002. Miller and Wann finished a tour of their new work, a theatrical concert, Pardon My Southern Accent, in May 2005.
Ms. Miller and Mr. Wann have participated in the ASCAP Foundation's career awareness program at the Fresh Air Fund's Camp Mariah in Fishkill, New York. This program allows kids to participate with professionals, ask questions about what they do and how they do it. In 2001, Ms. Miller and Mr. Wann brought musical theatre to life for the campers by having the kids participate in a short presentation of their musical, THE PEOPLE VS MONA. Afterwards, the campers wrote a song with Miller and Wann entitled, "Fresh Air," about what they like about the camp. Their visit to the camp was a feature article in The New York Times on Sunday, July 8, 2001. The Fresh Air Fund has provided summer vacations to more than 1.7 million children from low-income families since 1877.
Ms. Miller produced Jim Wann's King Mackerel & the Blues are Running in New York at the Westbank Downstairs Theatre, was Executive Producer for King Mackerel at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., and served as Associate Director for the PBS film of the show. King Mackerel, a songs-and-stories valentine to the Carolina coast, has been frequently performed as a fundraising benefit for environmental causes.
As a theatre administrator, Ms. Miller was Managing Director for the Westbank Downstairs Theatre in New York City's Theatre Row District, and Managing Director for INTAR Hispanic American Arts Center, New York City's oldest Hispanic Theatre and art gallery.
In the spring of 2001, Ms. Miller prepared a paper for the Tybee Island Historical Society, Tybee Island, GA, regarding the economic impact of cultural tourism and arts organizations in a community, and potential fundraising strategies. She produced, in association with The Friends of Tybee Theatre, a special benefit performance of King Mackerel & the Blues are Running with the original New York cast on September 28, 2002 outside at the Tybee Lighthouse. This benefit raised money to help save the old Post Theatre on Fort Screven, Tybee Island.
Ms. Miller served as a panelist for the Decentralization Program for the Columbia County Council on the Arts in New York State for three years. She chaired the panel for two years. The DEC program, funded by the New York State Council on the Arts, provides funds for community-based not-for-profit organizations and artists that provide direct benefit to county residents.
In 2005, Ms. Miller recently helped to revive the Tybee Island Fine Arts Commission and served as President. The Commission acts as an advocate for the arts on Tybee Island helping to foster cooperation and partnerships among arts groups, and targets potential funding opportunities. The Commission also acts as an advisory group for the Mayor and City Council in the development of cultural tourism for the island. In 2006 and 2007, the Commission applied for and received two grants from the Georgia Council for the Arts to create a Strategic Cultural Plan and a Strategic Cultural Heritage Tourism Plan for Tybee Island.
Ms. Miller has served as a panelist for the Georgia Council for the Arts for the past three years, and has recently been named a board member for Tybee's Better Home Town program, a downtown revitalization effort.