Patrick McAndrew is an actor, podcast producer/host, and tech philosopher based in New York City. Patrick has worked as an actor in theatre and film. He most recently held lead roles in the short films, "We Are Here" and "The Eyes of the World." Patrick performs and develops evocative performances and shows, often about technology's impact on human relationships. He is particularly interested in using theatre, film, and media as a gateway to learning about the Internet, technology, and social media's influence on our decisions, habits, and lifestyles. His one-man show, "REEL," which deals with the impact that excessive technology use has on human relationships, was performed Off-Broadway in the United Solo Theatre Festival, the largest solo theatre festival in the world, and featured in the documentary, "Electronic Crack." He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Theatre Row, and many other venues in NYC and throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
In 2019, Patrick launched the podcast, Relate w/ Patrick McAndrew. In the show, he speaks with top experts in the fields of entertainment, technology, and business to discover how to cultivate more genuine, meaningful relationships in an age where technology is king, anxiety and isolation are at an all time high, and the only possible cure for our loneliness is through building relationships and community while collaborating and connecting with others.
Patrick has taken the stage, not only as a performer, but as a speaker as well, sharing his take on how we can be more human in the age of technology. He has spoken at international conferences, on college campuses, and at community events on topics related to enhancing our relationships in the technological revolution. His methods are rooted in his extensive background as an actor, as he believes the skillsets learned through actor training are vital in helping to fight tech addiction, isolation, anxiety, and depression and in improving the social well-being of individuals and communities.
Patrick has studied at the New York Drama Center, RK Acting, SITI Company, Upright Citizens Brigade, and with Village Playback Theatre. He is also an award-winning percussionist. He holds a master's degree in Theatre from Villanova University.
"My world vision is to use acting as a tool to activate positive change in individuals and in the world at large. Peoples’ exposure to performance will allow them to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. They will have no choice but to approach situations with curiosity instead of suspicion. The arts must allow society to discover that they can achieve their dreams through the lens of love. Performance must lift people out of their fears and, therefore, eliminate hatred. It allows people to see the beauty in this world instead of a world of violence and crime. They do not have to live in sorrow. Performance and art is the gateway to love. It is structured in that it cannot divide; it must unite."