Patricia R. Klausner


After earning her Ph.D. in Sociology and teaching at the University of Delaware and Montclair State College, Patricia left academia and used playwriting to continue exploring women’s issues. She married her passion for the theater with her business skills when she met Linda S. Nelson, the founder of Shotgun Productions. They formed a partnership that lasted 14 years producing theater, dance, and opera in the nonprofit arena.

In 2010, she began co-producing on Broadway with The Scottsboro Boys followed by the productions of Stick Fly, Pippin (Tony Award, Best Revival), The Trip to Bountiful, The Band’s Visit (Tony Award, Best New Musical) and is a co-executive producer on the film Wakefield (starring Bryan Cranston & Jennifer Garner). She was a director for Theater Resources Unlimited’s Producers Development and Mentorship Program for three years where she, along with her co-directors, developed the master class curriculum. For her dedication to the arts, she won the 2013 TRU Entrepreneur Award.  

Currently, Patricia heads up Global Arts Initiative the educational division of Shotgun Productions that brings arts education to children in underserved communities, is the Director of Marketing at Steps on Broadway, and sits on the boards of the Steps Beyond Foundation and Marymount Manhattan College Dance Advisory Board.  

She is a past Board member and Senior Vice President of Media Audits International, held a seat on the University of Delaware’s President’s Commission on the Status of Women, was co-Chair of the Delaware Chapter of Sociologists for Women in Society, and was nominated to Who’s Who of American Women.  

Patricia is a graduate of the University of Maryland (BA), University of Delaware (MA, PhD) and of the Commercial Theater Institute.