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From Steppenwolf to L.A.: ISU alumnus Pat Healy returns for colloquium

Pat Healy

The School of Theatre and Dance will host a colloquium with actor, director, and screenwriter Pat Healy on Friday, April 19, at 11 a.m. in the Center for the Performing Arts Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

Healy is also an Illinois Shakespeare Festival “40 Years/40 Actors” honoree. John C. Stark, artistic director for the Festival, will facilitate the colloquium.

Healy graduated Illinois State University in 1993 and began an internship at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. There he soon became a regular fixture, appearing in a half dozen plays as well as at other venues in Chicago.

He moved to Los Angeles in 1998 to pursue a career in film and television. He has acted in the movies Cheap Thrills, Compliance, The Innkeepers, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, and Steven Spielberg’s The Post, among others. He has appeared on dozens of television series over the years including Ray Donovan, Shameless, and Gray’s Anatomy.

Healy is an accomplished screenwriter whose scripts have appeared twice on Hollywood’s ‘Black List’ of best unproduced screenplays. One of those scripts, Snow Ponies, is currently in pre-production. His first short film as writer/director, Mullitt, premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival. In 2017, he directed his first feature film, Take Me, in which he also co-starred with Taylor Schilling. Premiering at the 2017 TriBeCa Film Festival, Take Me was sold to Netflix where it currently resides.

Healy can be seen in the upcoming films American Woman opposite Sienna Miller, Bad Education opposite Allison Janney and Hugh Jackman, Run opposite Sarah Paulson, and is currently shooting the new CBS All Access series Interrogation opposite Peter Sarsgaard and David Strathairn.