Dr. Patricia Relph

Dr. Patricia Relph

Northwest Region
Fayetteville, Arkansas
479-422-0380 479- 521-0123
[email protected]

As an artist, I work to encourage learners of all abilities and ages to express their thoughts and feelings through the discipline and structure of the performing arts. My work integrates the arts with established learning objectives in diverse educational and community settings. Working in the arts helps people become effective learners. I find innovative ways to use drama, music and dance to bridge cultural differences and to share community traditions from around the world. Participation in drama helps people experience a sense of belonging to their community. I enjoy working productively with other artists and teachers to create new dramatic works or explore traditional artistic forms that will enhance education through drama. Available to conduct teacher workshops.

Participated in 22 hours of Professional Development presented by Partners in Education February 4-7, 2015, Kennedy Center.

Writing and Scholarship: Contributed to 12 Performance or Family guides in 2015-2016, covering topics from Arkansas History and Theatre, Puppetry and Dance. Sample study guides can be viewed www.waltonartscenter.org.

Service: Center for Children & Youth University of Arkansas Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Administrator, 48 hours of Professional Development for 30 ARTeacher Fellows, 2015-2016.

Participation: Creative Connections, Arts learning and art making with adults with Alzheimer’s disease. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association.

Guided Tours: Guided gallery tours for students and teachers. Using artful thinking strategies, combined with tableau techniques, students experienced a visual and kinesthetic tour of theatres and art galleries, 2014 through June 2015.

Arts Advocacy: Partners in Education Program, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Partners in Education work to foster partnerships among arts organizations, schools and communities. Learn more at: http://kennedy-center.org/education/partners


Patricia Relph is a director, designer, performer, scholar and teacher in the theatre. She has worked professionally for thirty years in theatres, art centers, concert halls and classrooms, bringing the arts to communities and schools in Arkansas. She received her doctorate degree in Speech and Drama from Bowling Green State University in 1976. She has taught the University of Toledo, the University of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Community College and the Walton Arts Center. "Dr. Pat" is an active artist in education. For the past seventeen years, she has taught workshops in the arts to thousands of participants at the Walton Arts Center. This includes residencies as an artist in education in the Elder Arts Project, Arts Benefit the Curriculum, Arts Bridging Cultural Diversity, LEAP, EPIC, Science Technology Arts and Research Project and Arts in Action.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: All ages
Geographic Availability: Northwest Arkansas
Time Availability: open
Special Needs: Power source for sound equipment; one or two tables for display and musical instruments; adequate space for participants to move.