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Patrick Vassel VM03 Discusses His Journey at Irish Voices Speaker Series

Oct 17, 2019

On Wednesday, October 16, Patrick Vassel VM03 came back home to Maple Street to interact with STVM students, staff and community members about his journey from Akron to New York City as the Associate Director of the hit musical Hamilton. The afternoon started with an hour-long social in the STVM Theater. Once the speaking event started, Patrick talked briefly about where he has been and the impact each of those places, the people he has come in contact with and institutions in which he has been a part of have had on his life. He wanted the event to be more of an interactive conversation, so he took questions for the full hour and a half that he was on stage. Audience members asked a wide-range of questions, which Patrick answered with sincere depth.

Anne Morgan Dennee VM89, who was in attendance, said, "I was especially impressed with his responses about how his experiences at St. Sebastian and STVM influenced him. He said these schools instilled a real love of learning, a love of working hard, and a desire to always do your best. But, just as important, he learned that 'it matters what kind of person you are, how you will make a difference in the world.' He said the whole production of Hamilton echoes this philosophy, where the team works to create ways for people to do their best work, and that the WAY you work is just as important as the work itself, that the way that you work makes a difference."

We could not be more proud of Patrick for all that he has accomplished and how he has represented St. Vincent-St. Mary. We would like to thank him for taking time out of his busy schedule to interact with us. We would also like to thank the people who came to listen and interact with Patrick on what ended up being a very special day!


Learn more about Patrick Vassel VM03

During his time at STVM, Patrick was active in the International Thespian Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Multicultural Club, and Student Government. Patrick went on to the University of Notre Dame, graduating in 2007 as a Political Science major with minors in Peace Studies and the Hesburgh Program. Upon completing a Master's of Science in Education at Pace University, he began working with Theatre Director Gordon Greenberg as an Assistant Director. He made his Broadway debut in 2012 as the Assistant Director of Magic/Bird

In 2014, he started his work as the Associate Director of Hamilton prior to the premiere at the Public Theater in February of 2015. He has continued in this capacity for each American company of Hamilton, including Chicago, two national tours, and a company that played a sold out run in Puerto Rico and is now running in San Francisco. Patrick is currently traveling to Australia to begin casting for the Australian premiere of Hamilton in 2021, as well as preparing for the Los Angeles company of Hamilton, opening in March 2020.  

Patrick continues to write, direct and develop his own work. He delivered the 2019 spring commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame. He serves on the Performing Arts Advisory Board and Media and Entertainment Leadership Committee of The University of Notre Dame, and continues to guest teach master classes and workshops at schools and universities across the country.