- Professor of Theatre, Director of the Center for Communicating Science
Patricia Raun is a noted teacher, actor, and arts leader. Currently Director of the Center for Communicating Science at Virginia Tech, and professor of Theatre in the School of Performing Arts; Raun served as director of the School of Performing Arts 2002 - 2016 and since, in the spirit of Beyond Boundaries, has shifted her focus to using the powerful tools of the arts to help scientists, engineers, health professionals, and others develop stronger skills of communication and connection. Her research focuses on empathy development, roleplay, and collaborative problem solving. She has served on the boards of many national and international organizations and as an accrediting site visitor for the National Association of Schools of Theatre. Raun received her MFA from Penn State, and her credentials include a professional internship with the American Repertory Theatre, Harvard University; and work with the voice department of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
- Empathy development
- Values-based leadership
- Applied theatre
- Serious games