Patricia Raun

Fellow; Faculty
Blacksburg, VA

Patricia Raun is a professional actor, theatre faculty member, and Director of the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech where she shares the powerful tools of theatre to support skills of connection and communication in scientists, technology professionals, and scholars – helping them to discover ways to become more direct, personal, spontaneous, and responsive. In addition, she is a Fellow at the Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability in Arlington, Virginia where she teaches leadership skills distilled from actor training. From 2002 – 2016 she served as the founding Director of the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech.  As a theatre voice specialist, her personal and professional mission is to promote transformation by developing healthy and varied voices—both literal and figurative—in individuals, institutions, and communities. Raun has acted in over 150 theatre productions across the country and around the world, appeared in over 75 television and film productions, and served as a voice and dialect coach for more than 50 productions. She received her MFA in Acting from Penn State, and BFA in Theatre from the University of Nebraska. Her credentials include a professional internship in voice at the American Repertory Theatre, Harvard University, and work with the voice and text department of the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon. Raun is an award-winning teacher and administrator. Her applied work in science communication is inspired by her work with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. Her particular interests include empathy development, serious games and roleplay, collaborative problem solving, and values-based leadership.

Selected Memberships and Affiliations: 

  • Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, fellow, 2013 - present
  • Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, 2011 summer institute
  • Actors' EquityAssociation, member, 1992-present
  • Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), President 2010 - 2012, member 1987 - present
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), Board member and Treasurer 2015 - 2017
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre Accreditation Site Visitor 2009 - present

Selected Honors and Awards:

  • University of Nebraska Alumni Achievement Award in Theatre and Film (2017)
  • Academy of Faculty Leadership, Virginia Tech (2017 – present)
  • Voice and Speech Trainers Assn (VASTA) Leadership and Service Award (2012)
  • The Pennsylvania State University's College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Award (2011)
  • CLAHS Excellence in Administration Award, Virginia Tech (2010)
  • Outstanding Educator, Virginia Governor's School, 1992

Media Mentions

Topics

  • Engagement Practices