Patricia Skarbinski is a Polish-born, American-trained actor, director and teacher. She currently serves as head of movement for the BFA/MFA in acting programs at Northern Illinois University, where she teaches acting, movement and directs productions. She has trained extensively in the Meisner technique as well as various physical theater modalities such as the Williamson Physical Training for the Actor, the Michael Chekhov Technique, the Grotowski tradition, and period style work. Patricia is also an assistant teacher of the Fitzmaurice Voicework and a certified Yoga instructor. Patricia earned her MFA in acting at Northern Illinois University and was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship (to Poland), where she worked with directing luminaries such as Krystian Lupa and K. Warlikowski.
Selected directing credits include: Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Conor McPherson’s The Weir, Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, Vaclav Havel’s The Memorandum, Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, W. Gombrowicz’s Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal and Calderon de la Barca’s Life is a Dream.