Pat Golden is a writer, director, producer and award-winning casting director.
Trained in theatre and directing at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, Golden is an accomplished theatre director, mounting both regional and Off-Broadway productions. While at the University of Pittsburgh, she founded her first theater company, The South Oakland Arts Council. .
In addition to directing, Golden is an award-winning casting director in film, discovering many now-established actors and offering Blair Underwood, Vincent Gallo, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Rock, Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Erika Alexander, Golden Brooks, LisaGay Hamilton and Little Richard their first feature film roles. Her innovative casting style led to the discovery of Dr. Haing S. Ngor, a Cambodian physician who she cast in The Killing Fields (1984). Dr. Ngor went on to win an Academy Award and a BAFTA for his portrayal. Golden was nominated by the Casting Society of America for its Artios Award for Best Casting for Feature Film, Drama for both David Lynch's Blue Velvet and Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986). She won for Platoon, which itself went on to win 4 Academy Awards including Best Picture.