Patricia Raun is a professional actor 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 become more direct, personal, spontaneous, and responsive. 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 through 2016 Raun 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.