A many-faceted career in the Theatre
New plays, new musicals and classics, dramas and comedies, TV series and revues: Patrick had an enviable acting career across Canada and in the U.S. before artistic direction began demanding his full time. Since retiring from that in 2017, he has enjoyed frequent travel and returned to Acting with enthusiasm..
After heading Actor-training at Dalhousie University, Patrick founded and developed the joint Sheridan-UTM Theatre and Drama Studies Program and served as Artistic Director of Theatre Erindale for 25 years. In 2017 he was named "One of the 50 Most Influential People in the First 50 Years of the University of Toronto Mississauga".
Patrick is the author of four award-winning plays and musicals, several adaptations of classics, and numerous industrial shows for corporations and governments. He is a former Director-Dramaturg of the Muskoka Festival Musical Theatre Writer's Colony, and a leader of numerous play-and-musical-writing workshops.
Magnus Bjornson in BUYING THE FARM with Meghan Caine (Bluewater Summer Festival)
Retirement Reception, Deerfield Hall (University of Toronto Mississauga 2017)
Jennette White in the title role of ABIGAIL or THE GOLD MEDAL (Lighthouse Festival Theatre 1990)
"Fast-paced and funny … Patrick Young is hilarious as the witty Magnus!" -- Kincardine Record
"I saw Secret Garden in Concert twice. What a magical performance by all involved!" -- Vince Deiulis
"How fitting that Oscar Wilde’s final satirical farce would be selected by Patrick Young as his final directorial effort with UTM’s Theatre Erindale.... The man has the innate capacity to discover the essence and motivation behind each playwright’s rationale … and thus his productions always succeed." -- Ontario Arts Review
“Theatre Erindale made history by presenting the Canadian premiere of The Witlings.... We can feel nothing but gratitude … Thoroughly delightful!" -- Christopher Hoile, Stage Door
“Thanks to Theatre Erindale for restoring my faith in Canadian drama with a memorable production of a future classic.” – The Varsity
“Unequivocally, the no. 1 spot belongs to Erindale’s UNITY 1918."-- Ten Best List for 2005, Ontario Arts Review
"A blockbuster ... brilliant libretto and lyrics ... Every line Young writes gives the actors of large parts and small opportunities to project vivid character studies...." -- Mackenzie Porter, Toronto Sun
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