Patrick Scully founded Patrick’s Cabaret in April of 1986. He held all possible positions during his time there. He exited as the cabaret’s Artistic Director in October of 2001, returning for a 3 1/2 year stint in 2005. He exited again in 2008, leaving behind a healthy performing art center committed to local artists.
Patrick worked at fabrik/Potsdam from August 2003 through June 2004 as director of internal communication and structure and long range planning.
He was a member of the National Performance Network (NPN) Steering Committee from 1995-1998.
From July 1988 through
August 1991 he worked at the Science Museum of Minnesota. His final
position there was as Head of Visitor Programs, which included supervision
of all museum theater programs, science demonstrations, volunteer presentations,
and on-site school programming. He was the museum's lead staff person
in developing the Museum Magnet School for the St. Paul Public Schools.
In his initial position he developed and coordinated the museum's school
outreach programs, Museum on the Move, and in the first year expanded
the museum's outreach to schools from an audience of 16,000 to 160,000.
He was program director for the Twin Cities Young Audiences in 1982 and 1983.
As a member and co-founder of Contactworks Dance Collective from 1976-1980 his responsibilities included teaching, choreographing, performing and company bookings.
Patrick Scully has been a professional performer since 1976, and an independent performing artist since 1980. His performance at Dance Theater Workshop was included among the New York Times' "Best Performances of the Year" in 1992. His work as the director of Patrick's Cabaret was recognized in 1996 by a First Bank Sally Award for its vision, and by a 3M/United Arts Award for Excellence. In 1993 Skyway News inducted him into its arts registry for outstanding contributions to the Twin Cities Arts.
Patrick Scully has a BA from the University of Minnesota. He received his degree in 1976, with a double major in German and biology.
|Arts administration (partial list)|
Artist Career Advisor at Springboard for the Arts, 2019 - present.
Director of internal communication, structure and long range planning at fabrik/Potsdam in Germany 2003 - 2004.
Member of the National Performance Network (NPN) Steering Committee from 1995-1998.
Founder, director of Patrick's Cabaret 1986-2001, 2005-2009.
Office manager for Remy Charlip's International All Stars in New York City in 1984.
Program director for the Twin Cities Young Audiences 1982 and 1983.
Co-founded Contactworks Dance Company, 1976. See performance work on artistic resume for reviews, etc.
Adult dance educator, US, Europe, Brazil, 1974-present, Review.
Perpich Center for Arts Education, Lead teacher in a program designed to train public school classroom teachers across Minnesota to teach dance in their classrooms, and to teach to kinesthetic learners in general. 1990-1994
|Performance work (partial listing)|
2018, A Few Tales, Fairy and Other, 60 minutes, interactive theater
2012 Patrick Scully - A MN Original Segment, KTCA TV series watch video.
2007, Body Electric, 7 minute, solo dance
2003, Making Lemonade, 75 minutes, solo theater piece directed by Djola Branner. Review.
1998, Losing my Foundations, 10 minutes, live performance art/installation
1997, Faith, Hope and Ambivalence, 5 minutes, video performance art
1997, Nebel & Neblina, 60 minutes, performance art/installation with Ric Oquita. Review.
1992, Queer Thinking, 75 minutes, solo performance art monologue read New York Times review, Review, watch video, Review, Review, Interview, Review, Review, Interview, Review, Review, Review, Review, Review, Review, Review, Review, Review, Review, Review.
1991, Illuminations, 75 minutes, solo improvisation/performance art. Review.
1990, Performance of Ritual 45 minutes, with Northwoods Radical Faeries dance/ performance art for 11 watch video.
1987, Survival Symptoms, 60 minutes, performance art with David Lindahl
1987, A Faerie Home Companion, 45 minutes, solo performance art watch video.
1985, Death of Romance, 16 minutes, solo performance art watch video.
1984, One 2, 7 minutes, duet co-created with Lance Westergard, directed by Remy Charlip watch video.
1984, Saab Story, 6 minutes, dance quintet for 3 dancers and 2 cars with Wendy Morris and Wendy Oliver watch video.
1983, Grey's Anatomy, solo dance 5 minutes watch video.
|Grants (partial listing)|
Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artist Grants 2022, 2021, 2020, 2014, and 1979
MSAB Arts Touring Grants for Leaves of Grass – Illuminated, 2018/19 and 2017/18, visiting 48 MN communities.
McKnight Foundation Choreography Fellowships, 2015, 1996, 94, 90, 83, 82 Related 2015 residency at MANCC
MRAC/McKnight Next Step Grant, for Leaves of Grass, 2013
Jerome Foundation Study/Travel Grants, 1999 Ireland, 1992 Berlin
Intermedia Arts/McKnight Interdisciplinary Artist Fellowship, 1996
Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellowship, 1996
Jerome Foundation Project Grant for Unsafe Unsuited, 1994
Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, 1992
Ishmael Houston Jones, Patrick Scully and Keith Hennessy in Unsafe Unsuited, 1995
photo Dona Ann McAdams
|Awards (partial listing)|
MN Theater Award (formerly the Ivey Awards) Lifetime Contributions to MN Theater. 2018 Review.
Resolution honoring Patrick's Cabaret City of Mpls 2011.
Sage Award, 2010, Special Citation for lifetime contributions to dance in Minnesota Review.
Certificate of Commendation for Patrick's Cabaret, Jesse Ventura, GOv of MN 2001.
3M/United Arts Award for Excellence, 1996.
First Bank Sally Award for Vision, 1996.
City Pages ARTIST OF THE YEAR 1996, Review.
Skyway News Arts Registry Inductee for outstanding contributions to the Twin Cities Arts, 1993
Best of Twin Cities City Pages - Patrick's Cabaret, 1993, Review.
|Commissions (partial listing)|
Boat Ballet 2010. See performance works for reviews, video, etc.
Hennepin County/Ryan White Grant for posiTV, 1997. Review.
MN AIDS Funding Consortium Grant for HIV related performance art, 1992. Review.
Arts Over AIDS Series commissions, 1991, 1990.
Minnesota Composers' Forum commission of Chez Steve, 1990. See performance works for reviews, etc.
|Collaborations (partial listing)|
2006, Blankets of Love, 5 minute dance duet co-created with Kevin Kortan
2003, Making Lemonade, 75 minutes, solo theater piece directed by Djola Branner
1998, posiT.V., 50 minutes, video performance art with Eric Gupton
1997, Nebel & Neblina, 60 minutes, performance art/installation with Ric Oquita
1995, Forever Hold Your Piece, 75 minutes, performance art with Djola Branner
1995, Unsafe, Unsuited, 60 minutes, dance theater improv. with Keith Hennessy & Ishmael Houston Jones
1992, Forward Motion, 90 minutes, improvisation with 3 musicians and 3 dancers
1990- 1999 Improv #___ numerous improvised duets with Chris Aiken
1990, Performance of Ritual 45 minutes, with Northwoods Radical Faeries dance/ performance art for 11
1987, Survival Symptoms, 60 minutes, performance art with David Lindahl
1985, Warsaw II, 15 minutes, performance art with Poonie Dodson
1985-93, Chez Steve, Improv trio with musicians David Edminster and Eric Coursen
1984, One 2, 7 minutes, duet co-created with Lance Westergard, directed by Remy Charlip
1984, Saab Story, 6 minutes, dance quintet for 3 dancers and 2 cars with Wendy Morris & Wendy Oliver
1983, Nobody Gets Pregnant, 60 minutes, dance theater improvisation with Erika Thorne.
1982, Shinders' to Shinders', 15 minutes, dance/film with Roy McBride and Dan Polsfuss
1976-80, Contactworks Dance Company collective member
|International Touring of Patrick's work (partial list)|
Berlin, Cologne, and Potsdam, Germany; Torino, Italy; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Winnipeg, Canada; Brussels, Belgium; Rio de Janiero, Brazil
|National Touring of Patrick's work (partial list)|
CSPS, Cedar Rapids; Links Hall, Columbia College, Chicago; Cleveland Performance Art Festival, Cleveland; Diverseworks, Houston; Highways, Los Angeles; Montana Pride Festival, Missoula; Judson Church, Dance Theater Workshop, Dixon Place, PS 122, New York; Smith and Hampshire Colleges, Northampton, MA; Laney College, Bay Area Dance Series, Oakland; Jump Start, San Antonio; Josie's Cabaret, San Francisco; University of South Dakota, Vermillion; Dance Exchange, Dance Place, Washington DC.
|Works produced locally (partial list)|
|Patrick as Tanya,
DanceTheaterWorkshop, NYC, 1992
photo Tom Brazil