Staff Profile: Pat O’Toole, Course Director

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  • Pat O’Toole, Course Director

  • Position:

    Course Director Foundation Acting

  • Teaching Area:

    Acting, Professional Preparation, Directing.

  • Qualifications:

    MSc, Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (Performing Arts), Post Graduate Diploma Therapeutic Counselling, Drama Diploma.

  • Memberships:

    Higher Education Academy (Fellow) ICF (International Coach Federation) Centre for Recording Achievement (Member)

  • Professional Practice:

    Professional Actress 1987-1998, Artistic Director Ideal Theatre Company 1990-98, Partner, Power2partners 2005-14.

  • External Duties:

    External Examiner ALRA BA (Hons) Acting. Trustee and Governor Lewes Co-operative Learning Partnership. External Examiner Chichester University FD & BA Music Theatre 2010-2013. External Consultant Royal Conservatoire Scotland, Musical Theatre Course.


Pat started her career as a Stage Manager at Birmingham Rep before going to Arts Ed to train to be an actress. After leaving drama school she co- founded her own theatre company "Ideal Theatre Company" which commissioned and produced new writing, as well as working as a freelance director and acting teacher. She went back to University to study psychology and trained to be a counsellor.

In the last 10 years Pat has been working as a Business Trainer with her own company as well as being an associate for CAPITA. She is now a Performance Coach, Facilitator and Trainer and has a wide range of clients in business and the arts.

Pat has been a part time Senior Lecturer at Rose Bruford College since 1999 working with the Actor and Actor Musicians as well as delivering Professional Preparation and Development Modules for the school of DMTA. She is delighted to be leading the new Foundation Course.


Current​ writing projects include 'Purposeful Games for Transforming Business'.