Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg OBE has been Head of Voice at the Guildhall School for over 30 years and until recently at the National Theatre. She previously worked in residence with the RSC in the 1980s and was an assistant to Cicely Berry before leaving to join the National Theatre.

She trained in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is recognized as one of the world's leading voice teachers and coaches, and also as a renowned authority on Shakespeare.

Patsy regularly works with high profile actors of British theatre, film and television.

Patsy's base in America is at the renowned Michael Howard Studios in New York City where she teaches workshops for the professional actor. She frequently travels around the world teaching and speaking, from Los Angeles to Canada, Portugal, Australia and India.

She has also been an active voice for Penal Reform in the UK; and has staged Shakespeare in maximum-security prisons and worked with the criminally insane for over 25 years.

Her passion for communication and the spoken word has broken down racial, religious, and class barriers the world over.

Patsy is well known for a number of publications which include

  • Speaking Shakespeare
  • The Right to Speak
  • The Second Circle and Power Presentation

She has also recently released a series of DVDs chronicling the first 30 years of her work, entitled Patsy Rodenburg Brings You: Shakespeare in the Present.

She has also worked with the Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse and Almeida Theatre. Patsy has also worked extensively with many international theatres such as the Moscow Art Theatre and Comedie-Française.

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