Emmy Winning Casting Director Pat Moran
By: Marvin Roxas
"My name is Pat Moran and I'm a member of the Casting society of America and I'm a casting director. I knew Mama Kay and Joyce Scott when they were the Thunder Thigh Revue basically at Theatre Project just in the arts scene in Baltimore City at the time. ANd then Kay went on and basically, Mama Kay and Mama Rashida they did WombWork Productions. Which they dealt with a lot of young kids and kids at risk. They practice what they preach actually. I was a casting director and I had projects and I always called Mama Kay and said, "Look let's get some of these kids involved." So we did, and we put a whole lotta kids in Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire. All things I did. I always try to see if there's something there for those kids, because oddly enough they're really good. When they go to WombWork here's what we do. She teaches them through art, dance poetry, whatever it is. The work they do is constant it's good, it's quality. The most current one is Thaddeus. Thaddeus Street has an ongoing role in HBO's and David Simon's project called The Deuce. Which is an HBO series it ran 8 episodes or so last year and it will come back this year. And Thaddeus has an ongoing role. I wish that they had all the money in the world and could build their own building, which would be WombWork Playhouse or whatever it is. And also to involve more people to expand without suffering the quality. There should be more groups like this. These women are warriors. I mean they go in the trenches. They rescue damaged freight and turn them into... just terrific people. You know, I mean all anybody needs is somebody to take care, and they do, they take care of these kids in every sense of the word."