B i o g r a p h y
Patricia Shanks trained for more than 15 years with Steve Eastin at the Steve Eastin Studio in Toluca Lake, and at the Charles Conrad Studio in Burbank. Charles E. Conrad was the teacher designated by the renowned New York acting teacher Sanford Meisner to bring Meisner training to the West Coast in the early decades of Hollywood’s heyday. Students of acting are encouraged to look up Sanford Meisner, Charles E. Conrad and Steve Eastin to learn more about their teaching style. Patricia continues this time-honored tradition of teaching,
Patricia is an Emmy® Award-winning writer, working voice actor, professional musician, beauty pageant title holder and a former television news host, radio show host and Daily News columnist. Patricia has acted onstage in drama, musical theatre and opera, and on-camera in numerous formats. She is a music and vocal director for musical performances, and a voice teacher and vocal coach.
Patricia has taught voice, voice-over, acting and other related subjects in a number of private and public schools and conservatories, including The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts, Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA), and the Los Angeles SAG Conservatory. She offers workshops and is a regular speaker for groups such as Women in Film, Women in Animation, International Coach Federation, Media Alliance of Orange County, Media Communications Association International and other regional and national organizations. Patricia is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artists).