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Patricia Idlette


Patricia Idlette is an actor, director and playwright working in regional theaters across the United States and Canada, including here in Southwest Florida. Incredibly versatile, she’s played everything from Shakespeare to comedy, drama, science fiction and horror.

Originally from Miami, Patricia began her career at the prestigious Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, performing in productions of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It (Phoebe) and as Medea in Medea. Patricia performed for two seasons with Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach, playing Paulina in The Winter’s Tale and Queen Margaret in Richard the III, and she played Clemma in Proposals at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. In 2007, she played Texas politician Barbara Jordan in the Kristine Thatcher play Voice of Good Hope, which the playwright directed at the acclaimed BoarsHead Theatre in Lansing, Michigan.

A member of the Ensemble of Theatre Artists, Patricia has starred in several productions at Florida Repertory Theater, including Steel Magnolias, To Kill a Mockingbird and Dividing the Estate. At Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts, she portrayed Mama Lena Younger in Theatre Conspiracy’s production of Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun. Several seasons ago, she also played ten characters in Theatre Conspiracy’s production of Shipwrecked! Long-time Florida Rep patrons may also remember her in the Pulitzer-Prize-winning play Doubt.

Patricia appeared in 66 feature films, television movies and TV series between The Littlest Hobo in 1980 and Chaos Theory in 2008. She’s perhaps best known for her role as Kiffany in Showtime’s Dead Like Me, but also appeared in four episodes of Battlestar Galactica as politician Sarah Porter, Katherine (Kat) Jackson in the 2004 biopic Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story and Brenda’s mother (Mrs. Meeks) in Scary Movie 3 in 2003.

Among her film credits are the 2008 film Chaos Theory (2008), Dr. Wagner in the TV movie Past Tense (2006), a science teacher in She’s the Man (2006), a female inmate in the 2006 television film A Little Thing Called Murder, Devina in the television film The Ron Clark Story (2006), Dispatch Officer #2 in the TV movie Amber Frey: Witness for the Prosecution (2005), a woman in a dressing room in Bad Girls from Valley High, Jasmine in the 2004 TV movie Deadly Visions, a 911 operator in Meltdown (2004 TV film), Dr. Brookner in Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed (200r), a receptionist in The Perfect Score (2004), Improv Troupe member in The Goodbye Girl (2004 television film), a female doctor in the 2003 feature film The Delicate Art of Parking, Cora in the TV movie The Secret Life of Zoey (2002), a lottery attendant in the 2001 TV film Class Warfare and Mahalia in Sole Survivor (2000 television film).

Her television credits include Desk Sergeant Martha Allen in two episodes of Psych (2006), a technician in an episode (“Lobsters”) of The L Word (2006), Louise in an episode of Terminal City (2005), Council Member #1 in two episodes of Andromeda (2004), Nurse Park in an episode (“Precipitate”) of The Dead Zone (2003), a waitress in an episode (“The Grid”) of The Outer Limits (2000), a desk clerk in an episode (“Synchrony”) of The X-Files (1997), a civilian assistant in an episode (“The Confessions”) of NYPD Blue (1993), a desk person in an episode (“Sugar & Spice, Malice & Vice”) of Murder, She Wrote (1992), Susan in “Our Selena is Dying” on The Twilight Zone (1988) and Crown, Hilary Geisler in two episodes of Street Legal (1988-1989).

In 2015, Patricia directed For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf in collaboration with Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts and Florida SouthWestern State College. Described as a “choreopoem,” For Colored Girls features a spellbinding collection of vivid prose and free verse narratives about and performed by black female actors which captures the brutal, tender and dramatic lives of contemporary black women.

In addition to acting and directing, Idlette also writes, does performance art and voice overs. She majored in theater and speech at Florida State University and did graduate work in drama at the University of Michigan.

October 21, 2018.


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