Theatre was not Patrick Lord’s original career path. He was set to study psychology and law at Elon University in North Carolina before entering the criminal justice field. But during his freshman year at Elon, he had a realization.
“After some soul searching, I realized that I could make a different but equally powerful impact to help people working in theatre, designing and helping create inspirational work,” he said. “After that, I transferred to Emerson College, and got my BFA in Set Design.”
From a very early age, Patrick, now a graduate theatrical design and technology student, has been driven by the idea that he will make the world a better place. For that reason, UT’s motto, “What starts here changes the world,” resonated with him, and he was also very impressed with the atmosphere of the Department of Theatre and Dance.
“It's an amazing and nurturing environment with professors and staff who genuinely are invested in your success, and are as excited as the students to see where the art world is heading,” he said.
Patrick grew up internationally, spending most of his childhood in Japan, and his parents now live in London. Because of this unique perspective, Patrick says his art does not have a limited foundation of cultural or aesthetic preference.
“The world is an inspiringly large place, and every country is like a new world,” he said. “With new experiences being part of my childhood, it has ingrained in me a desire to search for something new, and a new way of seeing, with every project I do.”
With this enthusiasm, Patrick hopes to eventually return to education and help shape the next generation of artists.
“Ultimately, I believe in the power of the arts to change the world,” he said. “The fact that my education is the result of a society of caring and passionate people only helps to instill in me a sense of drive and purpose.”