Michael Patrick Thornton

July 4th, 2011

Michael Patrick Thornton was a guest on the February 2013 Dinner Party.

In this rare and unedited interview, Elysabeth Alfano, of Fear No ART, talks to Michael Patrick Thornton and Susan Messing on the stage of The Annoyance Theatre just minutes after their performance for the TBS Just For Laughs comedy Festival.  In Susan’s interview, clips of her and Michael’s performance together round out the discussion.

Michael Patrick Thornton is an American actor and theater director. He currently plays the character of Dr. Gabriel Fife in the ABC drama series “Private Practice” and is performing in “Middletown” at the Steppenwolf Theatre.  He is a native of Jefferson Park, a neighborhood on Chicago’s northwest side.

Michael is a graduate of The School at Steppenwolf and The Conservatory Program and Directing Program at Second City. In 2001 Michael (with Will Nedved) founded The Gift Theatre Company in Jefferson Park, Chicago. He is currently the theater’s artistic director. He also teaches at Second City and The School at Steppenwolf.

Thornton’s play, The Princess and the Bear, was published in excerpt by Third Coast Press and is being workshopped for production through a grant from The Second City Foundation.

Michael has won the following awards:

* Chicago Finalist: National Shakespeare Contest
* Northlight’s Jack Springer Award for Outstanding Performance
* The 2008 Tim Meier & Helen Coburn Meier Foundation Achievement Award
* The Second City Foundation’s 2009 Jim Zulevic Chicago Arts Award
* The Joseph Jefferson Award for Solo Performance.

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