Patrick McCartney is a native New Yorker. At 18 he moved to Chicago to join the Second City. After studying with Del Close at the IO Theater, he was hired and toured the country performing for 2 years. While in Chicago, he also worked as an actor at Steppenwolf, The Center Theater, Stage Left and various other wonderful venues across the city. Back in NYC, Patrick helped start the original Upright Citizen's Brigade where he was a teacher and regular performer with Assscat 3000 and wrote several sketch shows including "Two Irish Jerks".
At the end of the summer of 2019 Patrick wrote and performed in a solo show called Sinister Kid which ran for five months at The Pit Loft. A darkly hilarious show about addiction, recovery, and growing up in New York City. Directed by Shira Piven (Transparent, Divorce, Room 104). Currently, he can be seen as Mr. Charles in Greg Kotis' (Urinetown) new musical "I Am Nobody".
"Patrick McCartney is a phenomenally gifted performer, whose work I have admired for years. But we almost lost this extraordinary artist to alcoholism and drug addiction — which would have been a tragedy on so many levels. Now McCartney has returned to the stage with a one man show about his struggle with substance abuse. Miraculously, SINISTER KID manages to be simultaneously brilliant, devastating, hilarious, humble, searching, and triumphant. Go see it. It’s a beautiful piece of work.” writer Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love, Big Magic, City of Girls)
"An extraordinary performance by an extraordinary actor. Every moment Pat McCartney is onstage is a pure delight." Actor Kate Walsh (The Umbrella Academy, Private Practice, Grey's Anatomy)
Patrick performs regularly as a member of the long-form improv group Centralia. He is a teacher of acting and improvisation at The People's Improv Theater and is available for personal acting and improv coaching.