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Pat Irwin

Guest Master Teacher

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Pat Irwin is currently composing the score for the Nickelodeon movie, “Rocko’s Modern Life.” He has composed the scores for Showtime’s "Nurse Jackie,” HBO’s “Bored To Death” and the AMC series, “Feed The Beast.” He has composed extensively for t.v. animation and his credits include "SpongeBob SquarePants," "Class Of 3000," "Rocko's Modern Life," and "Pepper Ann.” He has composed the music for many independent feature films including "But I'm A Cheerleader," "My New Gun," and "Bam Bam and Celeste," written by, and featuring, comedienne Margaret Cho. Other credits include the soundtrack for the HBO Documentary, "Fall To Grace," written and directed by Alexandra Pelosi, as well as "La Muse" for Arte-France, written and directed by Sophie Barthes. He was a long-time member of "The B-52s" and recorded and performed with the band from 1989 through 2007. Prior to the "The B-52s" he recorded and performed with "The Raybeats" and “8 Eyed Spy" with Lydia Lunch. He has also composed for theater and dance and has collaborated with choreographers Stephen Petronio and Pooh Kaye as well as playwrite Theodora Skipitares. Pat has received grants and awards from the New York City Cultural Council, The New York Foundation For The Arts, Meet The Composer, The Mary Flagler Carey Charitable Trust, ASCAP, and the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. While researching American expatriate jazz for the Watson Foundation he studied with, and performed with, composer John Cage. He received a B.A. in American Studies from Grinnell College and in 2012 received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Grinnell. He received 2011, 2012, and 2013 ASCAP Film and Television Awards for his contributions to the music of "SpongeBob SquarePants."