Patricia (Patsy) Lavender

Patricia (Patsy) Lavender

Associate Professor - Director of Undergraduate Advising, Arts Administration

Patsy Lavender currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Advising for all theatre and cinema students and provides orientation to new majors.  

She also teaches and works in the areas of community engagement, arts management, and marketing.

Contact Me

(540) 231-5940
School of Performing Arts (0141)
244 East Henderson Hall
195 Alumni Mall
Blacksburg, VA  24061

Areas of Expertise

  • Undergraduate Advising, Arts Management and Marketing
  • Production/Research Areas: Community Engagement, Marketing, Arts Management
  • Teaching Areas: Arts Management, Management Office Production Lab, Performing Arts First-Year Experience

Education & Training

  • M.A., University of Maryland
  • B.A., Maryville College

What do you most enjoy about your work?

The people I get to work with. It is exhilirating to work with so many talented, dedicated, gifted people, both faculty/staff and students. As an "administrative type" I could have worked in many settings, but I intentionally chose to work with creative artists throughout my career. I enjoy following the students as they learn and grow to their artistic place. And I do derive great satisfaction from shepherding them through the university systems - from orientation to graduation.

What is your favorite place on campus?

For me, it is the artistic triangle from Henderson/Theatre 101 to the Studio Theatre and Recital Salon in Squires to the new Moss Arts Center. I have been here through the building of each of them, and I love the excitement this anchoring of the arts on campus has created. Even more, I find joy in being only steps away from downtown, the businesses, the community, and more arts in the Lyric. It make it a terrific place to live and work.

Something Unexpected:

I once performed - singing and dancing - in a summer outdoor tent show at a recreational theme park. On top of a mountain. Without a tent. It was taken away when the show ran out of money - but we kept performing on the stage anyway! Not recommended.

Sample Work

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