Name: Patrick Moran
Major: Theatre - Musical Theatre concentration, Finance minor
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
Expected Graduation: May 2014
Why did you decide to attend West Chester University?
Having attended private schools my entire life, I decided that it was time for a change of atmosphere and West Chester was a great choice for me. One of the things that attracted me to the University was the fact that you could minor in Theatre. I started out as a Finance major with a minor in theatre. When I took my first acting class, I was introduced to a whole new world of opportunity and self-discovery within West Chester's Department of Theatre and Dance. This diverse and welcoming department revealed to me the many possibilities of pursuing a career within the realm of theatre.
What is your favorite thing about the Department of Theatre and Dance?
My favorite thing about our Department of Theatre and Dance is the amount of diverse classes that are offered. I have been fortunate enough to take courses such as Directing, several kinds of dance technique, Script Analysis, Physical Traditions in Performance, Acting Shakespeare, and Musical Theatre Repertoire.
What didn't you know about the Department of Theatre and Dance before you came to WCU?
Before I came to West Chester, I did not know that our department was nationally accredited in 2010.
What do you plan to do after graduation?
After graduation, I plan on moving to New York to pursue a career in acting. Eventually, I would love to attend graduate school to receive my MFA and become a college professor. I am currently working for Dollywood Entertainment this summer in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. I will be acting in three different children's theatre shows six times a week. I landed this job through the Strawhats Auditions at Pace University in New York City (for summer stock work). I was made aware of this regional audition through my professors here at WCU. They helped me select and prep my audition material.
What would you like to tell students considering WCU or the Department of Theatre and Dance?
For anyone considering West Chester or the Department of Theatre and Dance, I would tell them to keep an open mind and realize that anything is possible. If you have discovered a new-found passion, pursue it! Take control of your education. Everyone's journey is different and West Chester has so many opportunities to offer you.