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The Work

Arts Education

As the founder of Pure Art Education, Patrese created a range of programming including:

  • Sis-Stars Arts Empowerment Retreat


  • A series of theatre residencies dedicated to Lorraine Hansberry & Ira Aldridge

  • She co-created the youth development component of the Collab Project with with N-Phase Productions. 

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Arts Engagement

As an arts engagement strategist, Patrese honed her skills at Court Theatre during her tenure as Director of Education. She was instrumental in the development of their groundbreaking community engagement model. As a member of the Chicago theatre community, she has coordinated and produced programming to advocate for wholistic and comprehensive inclusion & equity in all arts institutions. 


Patrese is extremely dedicated to training the next generation of theatre artists. Her academic appointments include: 


  • Acting  Faculty In Residence with the National Theatre Institute ​

  • Guest Artist with A Long Walk Home


  • ​Guest Artists  Appearances include:


Columbia University - UNC - Washington University - Old Dominion - Stanford - Gettysburg College - Oberlin - University of Penn - Augusta College

  • As an Ambassador of the National Theatre Institute, Patrese frequently teaches workshops at HBCU’s to offset the resource disparity and to encourage more inclusivity at NTI 

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