Administrative Resume            Artistic Resume



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 office manager for Remy Charlip’s International All Stars in New York City in 1984.

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.  



Too Soon Lost at the Southern Theater, 1990

Creator/Director (partial listing)
  2011, 3 minutes

Kyrie, remount of the first dance from The Mass from 1978
~ watch tech rehearsal video ~ watch performance video ~

  2010, 75 minutes

Thrive!, solo theater/performance art
~ watch video ~

  2010, 60 minutes

Ballet for Boats, site specific dance for 40 boats, 125+ participants
~ watch video ~

  2007, 7 minutes

Body Electric, solo dance

  2006, 5 minutes Blankets of Love, dance duet co-created with Kevin Kortan
~ watch video ~ watch video, camera 2 ~
  2003, 75 minutes Making Lemonade, solo theater piece directed by Djola Branner
  2002 & 2011 Frozen Tears, public performance art ritual
~ watch video ~
  2001, 75 minutes The Naked Truth, solo theater piece
  1999, 70 minutes I Left the Space Bare, solo dance theater improvisation
  1998, 10 minutes Losing my Foundations, live performance art/installation
  1998, 30 minutes posiT.V., video performance art with Eric Gupton
~ watch video ~
  1997,   5 minutes Faith, Hope and Ambivalence, video performance art
  1997, 60 minutes Nebel & Neblina, performance art/installation with Ric Oquita
  1995, 75 minutes Forever Hold Your Piece, performance art with Djola Branner
  1995, 70 minutes Unsafe, Unsuited, dance theater improvisation with Keith Hennessy and
       Ishmael Houston Jones
~ watch video ~ read Village Voice review ~
  1992 Queer Notions
~ read New York Times review ~
  1992, 75 minutes Queer Thinking, solo performance art monologue
~ watch video ~
  1992, 90 minutes Forward Motion, improvisation with musicians and dancers David Edminster,
       Eric Coursen, Carei Thomas, Chris Aiken, and EE Balcos
  1991, 75 minutes Illuminations, solo improvisation/performance art
  1990, 45 minutes Performance of Ritual with Northwoods Radical Faeries 11 person dance/performance art
~ watch video ~
  1990- 1999 Imrpov #___ numerous improvised duets with Chris Aiken
~ watch video ~
  1990, 9 minutes Too Soon Lost, monologue with film
~ watch Southern Theater video ~ watch Potsdam video ~
  1987, 60 minutes Survival Symptoms, performance art with David Lindahl
  1987, 45 minutes A Faerie Home Companion, solo performance art
  1985, 16 minutes Death of Romance, solo performance art
  1985, 15 minutes Warsaw II, performance art with Poonie Dodson
~ watch video ~
  1985-93 Chez Seve, Improv trio with musicians David Edminster and Eric Coursent
  1984, 7 minutes One Two, duet with Lance Westergard, co-choreographed with Lance and Remy Charlip, based on the Wooloomooloo Cuddle airmail dance by Remy Charlip
~ watch video ~
  1984, 6 minutes Saab Story, dance quintet for 3 dancers and 2 cars with Wendy Morris and Wendy Oliver
~ watch video ~
  1983, 10 minutes Warsaw I, dance for 20 dancers
~ watch video ~
  1983, 5 minutes Grey’s Anatomy, solo dance
~ watch video ~
  1983, 60 minutes Nobody Gets Pregnant, dance theater improvisation with Erika Thorne
  1982, 15 minutes Shinders’ to Shinders’ , dance/film - mocumentary
~ watch video ~
  1979, 45 minutes Losers, performance art for 12 performers
~ watch video ~
  1978, 45 minutes The Mass, choreography for 7 dancers
~ watch video at Contactworks Studio  ~ watch video at Landmark Center ~
  1976-1980 Contactworks Dance Company collective member
~ watch Dancetalk video ~ watch American Dance Guild June 1980 video ~

International Touring of my work

Berlin, Cologne, and Potsdam, Germany;  Torino, Italy; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Winnipeg, Canada; Brussels, Belgium; Rio de Janiero, Brazil

National Touring Activity of my work (partial listing)

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, 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.

Ishmael Houston Jones, Patrick Scully and Keith Hennessy in Unsafe Unsuited, 1995
photo Dona Ann McAdams

Works produced locally at (partial listing)

Illusion Theater, Minneapolis
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis
Jungle Theater, Minneapolis
Southern Theater, Minneapolis
Mankato State University, Mankato
Patrick’s Cabaret, Minneapolis
University of Minnesota
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Performances with Remy Charlip

Theatre de Liefde, Amsterdam, 1987
Joyce Theater, New York, 1987
~ watch video ~ read The New York Times article ~
PS 122, New York, 1985
Harvard Summer Dance Festival, 1985
Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival, 1984
UCLA Warner Theater, 1984

Awards and Grants

Sage Award, 2010, Special Citation for lifetime contributions to
       dance in Minnesota
Jerome Foundation Study/Travel Grants, 1999 Ireland, 1992 Berlin
Hennepin County/Ryan White Grant for posiTV, 1997
Intermedia Arts/McKnight Interdisciplinary Artist Fellowship, 1996
Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowship, 1996
MICA/MDA/McKnight Foundation Choreography Fellowships,
       1996, ‘94, ‘90, ‘83, ‘82
Sally Award, 1995, Vision in the Arts in the Twin Cities
Jerome Foundation Project Grant for Unsafe Unsuited, 1994
Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship, 1992
MN AIDS Funding Consortium Grant for performance art, 1992
Arts Over AIDS Series commissions, 1991, 1990
Minnesota Composers’ Forum commission of Chez Steve, 1990
Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artist Grant, 1979

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Patrick as Tanya, DanceTheaterWorkshop, NYC, 1992
photo Tom Brazil