Department of Music

Patricia Raun: Director of the School of Performing Arts

Patricia Raun is a noted teacher, actor, and arts administrator. She has acted in over 100 productions in theatres across the country, appeared in over 75 television and film productions, and served as a voice and dialect coach for more than 50 productions.

Patricia Raun received her MFA from the Pennsylvania State University’s Professional Actor Training Program, and a BFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her credentials include a professional internship in voice at the American Repertory Theatre, Harvard University. In addition she has worked with the voice department of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her teaching mentors include Kristin Linklater, Bonnie Raphael, Andrew Wade, Barry Kur, Bill Kelly, Richard Nichols, Arthur Lessac, and Robert Leonard.

On the faculty at Virginia Tech since 1986, Professor Raun has received the Virginia Tech Excellence in Administration Award, the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching Excellence Award, Outstanding Educator Award from the Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts, and the Penn State College of Arts and Architecture Alumni Award.

Professor Raun’s directing credits include A Little Night Music, Dancing at Lughnasa, Godspell, Topgirls, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, A Number, and an original piece focused on the poetry of Dickinson, Frost, Bishop, Roethke, and Stevens called Ear and I and Silence. Her acting credits include roles such as Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, Josie in Moon for the Misbegotten, and the premiere of a one-woman show by Thomas Gardner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.

Her acting teaching is Stanislavski based and is influenced by the work of Uta Hagen, Sanford Meisner, Eric Morris, and Viola Spolin. Her voice teaching is a holistic approach with strong influences of Kristin Linklater, Cicely Barry, Matthias Alexander, and Moshe Feldenkrais. She is currently the President of the Voice and Speech Trainer's Association (VASTA).

Patricia Raun