C. Patrick Gendusa

Chair & Professor of Theatre Arts

M.F.A., Texas Tech University; B.A., St. Edwards University

Patrick has worked professionally as a performer, director, and instructor in New York, Texas, New Mexico, Virginia, and Louisiana. He received a BA in Theatre Arts from St. Edwards University and his MFA in Acting and Directing from Texas Tech University. Currently, he is the Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance at Loyola University New Orleans. Patrick was chosen as one of only fourteen theatre professionals to participate in the prestigious The Actors Center Teacher Development Program in New York City. He has taught theatre at the University of Richmond and Texas Tech University. He was head of the Department of Theatre at Holy Cross School and worked for the Jefferson Parish Gifted and Talented Theatre Program at East Jefferson High School. While in Austin, Texas he was vice-president of the Zilker Summer Musical, the only free outdoor theatre remaining in the country. He also toured with and was a founding member of the Second Youth Theatre Company and the Kinesis Dance Theatre Company. In New York he had a cabaret act called Chemistry where he taught musical theatre and acting. A few of his favorite roles include: Blood Brothers (Narrator), Into the Woods (Baker), Cabaret (Emcee), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Neville Landless and Bazzard), West Side Story (Chino), Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (Edward Clarke), A Girls Guide to Chaos (Jake), Reckless (Tom), Beauty and the Beast (Phillip), The Snow Queen (Kay), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Timothy Ellison), Wait Until Dark (Roat), George M! (Jerry Cohan), Leader of the Pack (Gus Sharkey), Grease (Sonny), Schoolhouse Rock Live! (Patrick), Plaza Suite (Director), Agnes of God (Director), Bang Bang You’re Dead (Director), A Girls Guide to Chaos (Director), The Laramie Project (Director), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Director) Almost, Maine (Director) Godspell (Director), Blithe Spirit (Director), Patient A (Director), World Goes ‘Round (Director), A Grand Night for Singing (Director), The Spitfire Grill (Director) and The Christians (Director). He received a Big Easy Award for Best University Production for Godspell and The Christians. He received Big Easy Award for Best University Production nominations for his productions of  A Girls Guide to Chaos, Almost, Maine, Blithe Spirit, Patient A, and World Goes ‘Round.

Patrick's primary responsibilities include teaching Acting I & II, Directing I, Advanced Directing, Musical Theatre I & II, Fundamentals of Speech and Senior Colloquium, as well as serving as the Publicity Coordinator for the Department of Theatre Arts & Dance. He serves as the faculty advisor to the Loyola University student groups QSA (Queer Student Alliance) and the Musical Theatre Organization. He serves on the board of directors for the French Quarter Advocates-New Orleans. Patrick is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.


Courses Taught:

·         Acting I

·         Acting II

·         Audition Techniques

·         Directing

·         Advanced Directing

·         Musical Theatre Performance  I

·         Musical Theatre II

·         Voice and Movement

·         Argumentation & Debate

·         Fundamentals of Speech

·         Stephen Sondheim: The Master of the Modern Musical

·         The 70’s: As Seen On TV

·         American Myth and Drama

·         Senior Roundtable

·         Senior Colloquium

·         Senior Project

Office Location:
634 Monroe Hall
Mailing Address: 

Loyola University New Orleans 
Dept. of Theatre Arts & Dance 
6363 St. Charles Ave. 
Campus Box 155 
New Orleans, LA 70118

Direct Phone: 
(504) 865-2835
E-mail Address: 
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