365 New Orleans: C. Patrick Gendusa



C. Patrick Gendusa has worked professionally as a performer, director, and instructor in New York, Texas, New Mexico, Virginia, and Louisiana. He received a BA in Theatre Arts from St. Edwards University and his MFA in Acting and Directing from Texas Tech University.

Currently, he is Chair & Artistic Director of the of the Loyola University New Orleans Department of Theatre Arts & Dance.

Patrick was chosen as one of only fourteen theatre professionals to participate in the prestigious The Actors Center Teacher Development Program in New York City. He has taught theatre at the University of Richmond and Texas Tech University. He was head of the Department of Theatre at Holy Cross School and worked for the Jefferson Parish Gifted and Talented Theatre Program at East Jefferson High School. While in Austin, Texas he was vice-president of the Zilker Summer Musical, the only free outdoor theatre remaining in the country. He also toured with and was a founding member of the Second Youth Theatre Company and the Kinesis Dance Theatre Company.

In New York he had a cabaret act called Chemistry where he taught musical theatre and acting. A few of his favorite roles include: Blood Brothers(Narrator), Into the Woods (Baker), Cabaret (Emcee), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Neville Landless and Bazzard), West Side Story (Chino), Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Edward Clarke), A Girls Guide to Chaos (Jake), Reckless (Tom), Beauty and the Beast (Phillip), The Snow Queen (Kay), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Timothy Ellison), Wait Until Dark (Roat), George M! (Jerry Cohan), Leader of the Pack (Gus Sharkey), Grease (Sonny), Schoolhouse Rock Live! (Patrick), Plaza Suite (Director), Agnes of God (Director), Bang Bang You’re Dead (Director), A Girls Guide to Chaos (Director), The Laramie Project (Director), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Director) Almost, Maine (Director) Godspell(Director), Blithe Spirit (Director), Patient A (Director), World Goes ‘Round (Director), A Grand Night for Singing (Director), The Spitfire Grill (Director) and The Christians (Director). He received a Big Easy Award for Best University Production for Godspell and The Christians. He received Big Easy Award for Best University Production nominations for his productions of A Girls Guide to Chaos, Almost, Maine, Blithe Spirit, Patient A, and World Goes ‘Round.



1. Tell me more about your department! 

The Loyola University Department of Theatre Arts & Dance offers 3 degrees in Theatre Arts, Musical Theatre and Theatre Arts with a Business Administration minor. Our students are actors, directors, playwrights and designers. Our immersive Theatre Arts degree trains you in all aspects of theatre; our Liberal Arts core inspires the art you create.


2. How long has Loyola been open? 

Loyola opened in 1904


3. How do people find you online? 

Students usually find us! I also travel all over the US auditioning students for the department.


4. What is lesser known about your department that you wish more people knew? 

How AMAZING our students are!! They have such heart!!!!


5. Lagniappe Info. 

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