The versatile performer delivered the welcoming speech as Deborah Franklin at the University of Pennsylvania’s 1st Annual Benjamin Franklin Leadership Symposium. She premiered The Women of Washington’s Household at the Independence Visitors’ Center for Welcome America’s 4th of July Celebration and My Dear Mrs. Lincoln for the Lincoln 2000 event in Philadelphia for American Historical Theatre. The NJ Humanities council has underwritten Pat’s performances as Martha Washington, Amelia Earhart and Clara Barton in which she presents as an historical expert as well as an actor-interpreter.
In film, she can be seen in principal roles as Larry’s Mom in Lucky Numbers, Molly in Cash Crop/Harvest, and as the poisoned mother in Autopsy 9. Pat wrote and directed If Walls Could Talk: the Story of Laurel Hill Mansion, for Women for Greater Philadelphia, which aired at the Philadelphia International Film Festival and Comcast Cable TV. She studied at H-B Studio with Herbert Berghoff and Hal Holden, and the Juilliard Opera Workshop with Vincent LaSelva. Pat holds a BA (cum laude) in Theatre and Communication Arts from Villanova University as well as advanced study in acting, directing and playwriting.
In addition to her busy historical presentations, credits include writing and directing. Her play Hearts & Solitaire was produced at the Painted Bride Arts Center. Other writing and directing include the adult company productions of Alice in Wonderland, The Emperor & theNightingale, and Stuff & Nonsense for Darlington Arts’ Professional Children’s Theatre; The Phantom of the Opera Radio Show for MontCo Association for the Blind; Pinocchio: A Children’s Opera for Immaculata University’s Italian Culture Series; and New Year’s Eve at the Opera for First Night Ocean City. Her books, Every Teacher’s Friend Classroom Plays - Classic Literature for Teens, and Mini-Myths and Plays from Around the World are available at major online booksellers. She has also written the introductions to Trifles, Oedipus Rex, Desire Under the Elms, and Juno & the Paycock, recent releases by Drama D'Arts.
“We were very impressed with the professionalism of… Pat’s terrific performance at our museum during Women’s History Month…she did a great job of incorporating our specific content and adapting her performance on the spot to meet the changes in the makeup of our audiences.
D. Bartels, Education Department, Smithsonian National Postal Museum
“You had the audience mesmerized...BRAVO!!!” President, AARP Union Chpt. NJ
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! You really made Amelia come to life for [my daughters] and me.”
Audience Member - College Park Airport Museum, MD
“It’s easy to see that you love what you do and have a passion for history...We’ve had many requests for a return engagement.”
Programs Director, New Vitality Prog., NJ
“Thank you for your great contribution to our Founders’ Day Alliance for Youth event. You are blessed with great talent.”
S. Gembala, Philadelphia Council for Historic Sites, PA
“Once more, thank you...you were great and left a lasting imprint on our community.” J.Leden, Coordinator, Bonne Terre Chautauqua, MO
“Our lecture hall was transformed into a window through which we saw Amelia’s life unfold.” Rosemont College, PA
“Magnificent...the audience was spellbound from beginning to end.” Women’s Support Services, Martha’s Vineyard
“Thank you for sharing your talents with us. Comments included: Enjoyable... Real... Authentic...I was there...Living history at its best.” L. Squiri, Programs Director, Ocean Gate, NJ
Betsy Ross was Perfect! …a great addition to our event, the Philadelphia Sleep Conference. Pat was early, she greeted our attendees,
and did a great job introducing our host. History came alive at our meeting. M. DiDomenico, Conference Organizer
Five out of Five Stars! We absolutely recommend Famous American Women - History Alive! D. Marx, Tom's River Community
Amelia Earhart: First Lady of the Skies. Critically-Acclaimed One-Woman Show.
Carrie Chapman Catt: Suffragist Leader & founder of the League of Women Voters
Martha Washington: America’s First First Lady. Nationally recognized performances.
Betsy Ross: American Flag Maker.
Louisa May Alcott: Writer of Little Women, Abolitionist, Suffragette & Child of the New Education.
Mary Todd Lincoln: Kentucky Belle & First Lady of the Union.
Dorothea Dix: Advocate for the Mentally Handicapped & Head of Civil War Nurses.
Clara Barton: Civil War Nurse & Founder of the American Red Cross.
Recollections of a Civil War Nurse
Bridgid O'Murphy: 18th Century Irish Indentured Servant in America
Deborah Franklin: Ben’s hard-working and strong-minded wife.
Lillian Russell: Golden Age Singer in a Time of Power Brokers & Robber Barons - A Musical Presentation
PATRICIA JORDAN, a professional singer-actor, published writer and director, has appeared in scores of productions, including the Volunteers of America’s Centennial at the Philadelphia Academy of Music and New York’s Cooper Union, the Union League’s Lincoln Hall, and principal roles at the 42nd Street Theatre and the Clurman Theatre in New York. Musically, she has played leads in many musicals, operettas and concerts.
Patricia’s interest in history has led her to interpret Martha Washington at Mt. Vernon, the National Constitution Center, Library of Congress and Truman Library; Betsy Ross for the American Flag Association; and Amelia Earhart from Martha’s Vineyard to Virginia. She has brought her one-woman presentations of Clara Barton, Louisa May Alcott and Mary Todd Lincoln to the National Portrait Gallery, New Jersey State Library, National Archives, the Truman Library, Questers State Conference, Greenville SC Chautauqua, and many other venues.