Director, Writer, Actress, Singer, Vocal and Acting Coach
Ms. Cohenour is an award winning actress who has created and performed numerous roles on Broadway including Signora Naccarelli and Margaret Johnson (Alternate) in The Light in the Piazza for Lincoln Center, and will reprise her Signora role at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center for a one night benefit concert on Monday, April 4th, 2016.
Her Broadway debut was in Hal Prince’s production of A Doll’s Life where she understudied the leading role of Nora which ultimately led her to be cast as the first American actress to play the role of Christine Daae’ in the original cast of The Phantom of the Opera. After originating the role of Lily in The Secret Garden Workshop performances, she was given the opportunity to reprise Ms. Daae’ with the 1st National Tour of Canada opposite her amazing leading man Jeff Hyslop, and her final performances of the role were presented opposite the remarkable Colm Wilkinson in Toronto.
One of her most memorable performances was as Rosabud in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood winning critical acclaim as well as the Clarence Derwent Award, a Tony and a Drama Desk nomination. She was then honored to reprise the role at the Savoy Theater in London’s West End.
She originated the role of Mary Jane Wilkes in Big River; winning a Theater World Award, and a Drama Desk nomination, and portrayed the Mother Abbess in the 1996 revival of The Sound of Music. In 2012 she received a Jeff Award nomination for reprising her Mother Abbess at Chicago’s Drury Lane Theatre, and in 2013 was the winner of Seattle’s 2013 Gregory Award for her critically acclaimed portrayals of Edith/Little Edie in the 5th Avenue/ACT theatre’s production of Grey Gardens.
Other credits include Adeline in Sweet Adeline for NYC’s Encores!, Magnolia in Hal Prince’s Showboat, Mimi in La Boheme alternating the role with Linda Ronstadt, and Isabel/Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance for the New York Shakespeare Festival, Florence Foster Jenkins in Souvenir for Seattle’s ACT Theatre, Maudie in To Kill A Mockingbird for Seattle’s Intiman Theatre, Katherine in The Taming of the Shrew for Syracuse Stage, and for Seattle’s 5th Avenue she performed Rosabella in Most Happy Fella, Abigail Adams in 1776, and Glinda in The Wizard of Oz. In 2014 she portrayed Mama Murphy in the San Diego Old Globe Theatre’s acclaimed production of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s musical Bright Star, and before that she portrayed the role of Charlotte Bartlett in the 5th Avenue Theatre Premiere of A Room With A View in which she was awarded the Seattle 5th Avenue’s Subscriber Choice Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role.
Her concert performances have been conducted by such luminaries as Rob Fisher, Peter Nero, Paul Gemignani, the late Marvin Hamlish and John Dankworth, and she had the honor of performing the World Premiere of Imant Kalnin’s Rock Symphony No. 4 with the Detroit Symphony, and the Leipaja Symphony in Leipaja and Riga, Latvia.
Her solo recording To an Isle in the Water: The Poetry of William Butler Yeats was produced by multiple Grammy winner Thomas Z. Shepard, and she can be heard on the cast recordings of Big River, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the 1996 Revival of The Sound of Music, and The Light in the Piazza.
For the last twenty four years Patti has resided in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and has performed leading roles in productions for the 5th Avenue, Intiman, ACT, and Seattle Repertory theaters. She has also directed and collaborated in the writing of two one-woman presentations; I Will Wait For You and The Ladies of Lyric and Song, and is currently working on a project entitied Myer’s Musings for a performer who will present the piece in Spring of 2016.