University of South Florida

School of Theatre & Dance

College of the Arts

Patrick Finelli

Professor of Theatre
Performance Theory and Theatre Studies
Phone: (813) 974-2701

Patrick M. Finelli, Ph.D. is a professor in the School of Theatre & Dance at the University of South Florida specializing in Performance Theory, Theatre History, Caribbean Theatre, Great Performances on Film and Sport as Performance. He earned his doctorate at the University of California-Berkeley. His publications include the textbook Sound for the Stage, the book Worlds Away, electronic courseware, reviews and over 300 articles and software reviews. His academic research has been published in Theatre Journal, Performing Arts Resources, Southern Theatre, Theatre Design and Technology and New England Theatre Journal. As a scholar, he has presented at professional conferences in China (Shanghai Theatre Institute), Grand Cayman, the United Kingdom (University of Kent), the Netherlands Theatre Institute (Amsterdam), and the University of Utrecht. He has traveled widely throughout Europe, Asia and Oceania, and directed study abroad programs in London, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona and the West Indies. He also maintains a theatre consulting practice including the recent renovation of the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory into an event center, transforming a building that hosted Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy and professional wrestling into a state-of-the-art theatrical venue.