Founder and PresidenT
With strong roots in theater and in directing, a flair for the unexpected, and tireless perseverance, Pat McCorkle, founder and president of McCorkle Casting Ltd., is well known as one of the top casting directors in New York.
Raised in central New Jersey, McCorkle began working in theater during high school. After graduating from Douglass College with a B.A. in theater, she went on to New York University to earn a graduate degree in theater education, with a focus on directing.
In 1974, after a brief stint teaching high school English and working as a stage manager in summer stock theater, she was invited by Alan Wasser to join New York's legendary Broadway theater, The Circle in the Square. Working first as subscription manager, and then as an assistant to the artistic director, McCorkle found herself drawn to casting and began work as a casting assistant.
In 1976, she moved to TCG (Theater Communication Group), a non-profit casting clearing house for theaters around the country. During her tenure there, she ran the National Student Auditions, discovering such future stars as Kelsey Grammer, Harriot Harrison, and Jamey Sheridan. Also during this time, she began working with every major regional theater in the United States and Canada. This allowed her to forge associations and pipelines to new talent which continue to this day, and established her as a new force on the national theater scene
In 1979, she formed McCorkle-Sturtevant Casting Ltd. with partner Roger Sturtevant. In 1982, when Sturtevant left to work in the advertising business, the company name was changed to McCorkle Casting Ltd.
With McCorkle's influence in the theater firmly established, she soon branched into film and television, where she again brought the company to the top of the profession. McCorkle Casting has worked with some of the best directors and biggest stars in the entertainment business, and has cast a long list of unknown young actors who have gone on to become house hold names.
CSA, Casting Director
Feature Film: Senior Moment, Year by the Sea, Child of Grace, My Man is a Loser, Ghost Town, Secret Window, Tony and Tina's Wedding, The Thomas Crown Affair, The 13th Warrior, Madeline, Die Hard with a Vengeance, School Ties, etc., Broadway: Over 50 productions; Amazing Grace, On The Town, End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, The Glass Menagerie, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Amadeus, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers, A Few Good Men. Off Broadway: Over 60 original productions; Clever Little Lies, Becoming Dr. Ruth, Tribes, Our Town, Falling, Toxic Avenger, Freud's Last Session, Almost Maine, Killer Joe, Driving Miss Daisy . Television: Twisted (ABC Family) humans for Sesame Street, Californication (Emmy nomination), Hack (CBS), The Education of Max Bickford (CBS), Chappelle's Show, Strangers with Candy, Barbershop (Comedy Central) and series' for Showtime, HBO, TMC.
New York University
M.A. in Theater Education
(directing focus), 1973
New Brunswick, NJ
B.A. in Theater/Speech , 1969
Seton Hall University
Teaching Certification, 1971
Adjunct Educational Affiliations
University of Connecticut, Storrs-Professor of Performance Practice-Department of Theatre Arts 2007-Present
Harrt School, Hartford, CT. Professional performance advisor
University of Missouri/Kansas City - Professor (for MFA students), Advisory Board (1991)-Present
Rutgers University -Advance Film Audition/career transition Instructor (for MFA/BFA students) (2004-Present)
University of Delaware - Advisory Board-Theatrical Audition, Technique Instructor (1991-2011)
Yale, Columbia, SUNY Purchase, Boston University, Wayne State, NYU Film School, UC Irvine, Williamstown Theatre, Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory, Guthrie Theatre, Shenandoah University, Wright State University, University of Illinois/Urbana,University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill
Theatre Arts Boards and Cultural Associations:
Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Board of Directors
Actors Center - Advisory Committee
New Harmony Project - Board of Directors
Lambs Theatre - Advisory Board
Actors, Authors, and Composers Repertory Company -
Cofounder with Rupert Holmes and Jon Brielle
Northampton Independent Film Festival - Board of Directors
Roger Sturtevant Foundation - Board of Directors
Lynne Thigpen/Bobo Lewis Foundation - Board of Directors
Industry Recognition & Awards
Douglas University Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award
Emmy nomination (Showtime's Californication - 2008)
George Street Theatre-Outstanding Contribution to Theatre honoree/recipient
Casting Society of America (C.S.A.) - 4 yrs. on National Board, member for 18 years
Served as C.S.A. / Actors Equity Association liaison on multiple committees
14 Artios nominations (industry award for excellence in casting)
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences member
Emmy Voter/Tony Voter
Interviewed and published in several books/publications/media broadcasts
McCorkle Casting Ltd. (New York, NY)
Casting partner and business manager for this renown independent casting company. Place Actors in projects for Broadway, Off Broadway, regional theatre, film and television. Negotiate contracts, create marketing plans develop new business strategies and serve as active casting contributor.
Adjunct Educational Affiliations
University of Missouri, Department of Theatre (Kansas City, MO) • 1998 - Present
University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) 2005
Masters and BFA degree candidate's voice-over performance and On Camera Acting workshops
Wayne State University
Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1979
Roger Williams College
Independent Theater Study,1977
California Institute of the Arts
Practicum Credits through Disney University, 1975
Performing Arts Educator • 2010-present
Terry Schreiber Studios, One on One Studio (New York, NY), Penny Templeton Studio, Brookdale Community College, Duchess Community College Courses/classes in: Advance Acting for the Camera, Acting Essentials, Career development for actors,, Voice-over workshop(s), Scene Study, Monologues.
Administrative Director- Course Instructor 2009-2010
TVI Actors Studio (New York, NY)
Interim director and administrator. programming, scheduling, staff management,
marketing, promotions, enrollment, curriculum and student supervisor. Teacher of Acting
(Meisner/Shakespeare/Method), Commercial and Voice-overs performance.
Performing Arts Faculty
Pioneer Valley Performing Arts High School (South Hadley, MA) • 2005-2009
Advanced Acting, Film/TV Acting, Radio and TV Broadcasting- Stage Director
Repertory and youth touring company director, main stage director, teacher of Acting,
Broadcasting, Voice-over performance. Author of "Hip Hop Aesop" Original Musical for young people.
Executive Director/Head of Operations • 1992- 2003
Connecticut Schools of Broadcasting Inc. New Jersey/New York/Philadelphia/Washington
Installation, administration and implementation of performance training for the oldest and largest broadcasting school(s) in the country. Managed staff of more than 50 professional broadcasters and industry specialists. Designed and developed new curriculums. Instructed classes, managed job placement, principal lead recruiter of students and supervised operations in multiple locale's simultaneously.
Actor • 1979-2009
Stage, Feature Film and Television (New York and Nationally)
Broadway, Tours, Regional productions: A Few Good Men (Original Broadway Cast). A New York Summer (Radio City Music Hall). Boomerangst (Westside Arts Theater) National Tours: Grease, Boys Next Door
Leading Roles Performed: Warner Theatre DC, Buffalo Studio Arena, Berkshire Theater Festival, Main Street Theater Company, Kennedy Center, Pasadena Playhouse, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, Pennsylvania Center Stage, Pennsylvania Stage, Seattle Repertory, Majestic Theater, Walt Disney World. Henry Ford Museum Theater, Queens Theatre in the Park, Alliance Theater (Atlanta).
Education of Max Bickford (Featured) - CBS
Monday Night Mayhem (Featured) - TNT Original Movie
Another World (Recurring) - NBC Television
One Life to Live (Recurring) - ABC Television
The Thomas Crown Affair (Featured) - Director John McTiernan
Die Hard With A Vengeance (Featured) - Director John McTiernan
Bereft - (Featured) - Director Tim Daley
Splash - (Featured) - Director Ron Howard
The Wizard of Loneliness (Featured) - Director Jenny Bowen
Brian Darling (Featured) - HBO Productions
Extensive commercial and voice-over performances in all media.
Guest Artist, Lecturer, Workshop Facilitator
Numerous media/instructional lecture engagements for multiple organizations/companies/universities including: Southern Methodist University, SUNY Purchase, University of Delaware, Rutgers University, N.C. School of the Arts, Sonya Freedman Show (USA Network), Center for the Arts (MA). Princeton Review. Television appearances on HGTV, Chronicle (Boston), In Action Video Magazine.
Affiliations, Organizations and Achievements, Publications
Director of Northampton Independent Film Festival 2008.
Licensed By NJ & NY, MA Departments of Education, School to Work training
Member of Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Radio and Television Artists Actors Equity Association. FCC license holder since 1992.
M1 student Visa officer for SEVIS system-division of homeland security authorization.
Award winning tree art furniture artist/craftsman.
Author; Conversation Pieces out of the Woods, 2009, Outskirts Press, Denver Co
Author; Conversation Pieces out of the Studio, The Voice-over Workshop for Professional Actors, 2012, Dog Ear Publishing. (Incorporated into several university training curriculums)
Skills and Notable Qualifications
Superior business correspondence writer
A well organized, innovative, compatible team player
Possesses high energy, outgoing personality and exemplary communication skills
Extremely well versed in technical and performance media applications (Broadcasting)
Computer Skills-Mac and PC- Word, Excel, social media, internet. Video and audio editing, television and radio studio operations.
Personal Background Information
Excellent health, enjoys power walking, hiking, outdoor activities, computing. Extensive traveling experience. Licensed driver.