A native of Bergen County, New Jersey, Pat Santanello holds a B.A. in broadcasting, a B.S. Ed in theatre, communications, and English education, and an M.A. in theatre education/hearing disabilities from The Ohio State University. She has been a member of the Ohio Educational Theatre Association’s Board for seventeen years and is a former EdTA board member and leadership coach.
She has served on the board of directors for the Contemporary American Theatre Company and at the time of her Hall of Fame induction was working with a group of theatre professionals to create a new Equity theatre company in Columbus, Ohio.
She was honored to receive the Ashland Teacher Achievement Award in 1995, the Iota Lambda Sigma Distinguished Service award in 2003, and is a 2003 Fulbright Memorial Scholar. She is a four-time honoree in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Santenello was one of twelve Ohio theatre educators who participated in EdTA’s action research project, Critical Links.
Ms. Santanello was in her fifteenth year as director of theatre and troupe director of Thespian Troupe 5440 at Dublin Scioto High School in Dublin, Ohio at the time of her induction.