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 the upcoming new Ahrens & Flaherty musical Little Dancer directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. She is a co-executive producer on the film Wakefield starring Bryan Cranston & Jennifer Garner.
Past experience includes Director of Marketing at Steps on Broadway, director for Theater Resources Unlimited’s Producers Development and Mentorship Program, where she along with her co-directors, developed the master class curriculum. She was general manager for Donald Byrd/The Group and Senior Vice President of Client Relations for Cable Audit Associates. 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. She works with Broadway producer Anita Waxman running her productions company, Alexis Productions, and sits on the board of the Steps Beyond Foundation. Patricia is also a past Board member of Media Audits International and held a seat on the University of Delaware President’s Commission on the Status of Women. In addition, she 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.