Patsy Rodenburg Programs


About Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg, OBE, has been the Head of Voice at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for 26 years and until recently at the Royal 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 has worked regularly with the best-known actors of the British theatre, including Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, and Daniel Day-Lewis, to name a few, as well as many of the biggest stars of film and television such as Nicole Kidman, Orlando Bloom, Hugh Jackman, and Natalie Portman. She was previously in residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company for 9 years and has worked with The Royal Court Theater, Donmar and Almeida Theater in London. She has also worked extensively with many of the great world theaters such as the Moscow Art Theatre and Comedie-Francaise. Patsy’s home in America is at the renowned Michael Howard Studios in New York City where she teaches workshops for the professional actor.

Under the Michael Howard Studios banner, Patsy travels around the world teaching and speaking, from Los Angeles to Canada to Portugal to Australia. Patsy is also a best-selling author whose notable publications include Speaking Shakespeare, The Right to Speak, The Need For Words, The Actor Speaks, The Second Circle, and Power Presentation.

We are thrilled to announce that a series of DVD’s which chronicle the first thirty years of Patsy’s work has just been released entitled Patsy Rodenburg Brings You: Shakespeare in the Present.

Patsy Rodenburg's Program and Courses

March Dates:

March 7th-9th

Three-Day Workshop

Daily - 9:00am - 6:00pm

Cost: $950


This three-day workshop will guide you to rediscover your powerful and free natural voice. The focus of this workshops is attention to the actor’s craft, which will enable you to understand and correct habits that can inhibit your fundamental ability to communicate. Patsy will guide you through an intensive introduction to centered body and breath as well as her innovative Second Circle Presence work.

Three-Day Workshop

March 10th-12th

Daily - 9:00am - 6:00pm

Cost: $950


This three-day workshop will introduce you to Shakespeare as spoken word. Patsy will apply her Second Circle Presence work into Shakespeare's text. This course will teach you how Shakespeare’s forms (structure and flow) serve to release meaning and content, and how this language creates character and emotional depth. Through this process, each actor can find the passion and power of speech and build this aspect of the craft within his or her own voice.

Three-Day Workshop

March 13th-15th

Daily - 9:00am - 6:00pm

Cost: $950


This three-day workshop will empower your deepest connection of Presence within yourself and the Ensemble. You will develop a profound understanding of your habits concerning your body, breath, and voice, and the tensions that take you out of your natural presence. In her most advanced Workshop yet, Patsy will guide you to practically apply Second Circle presence in every stage of your process.


Registered Rodenburg Master Teacher (RRT) Certification takes place in two phases that span a thirteen-month period. For this coursework, Patsy has curated an array of world class instructors; but the majority of instruction will take place with Patsy herself.

  • Phase I is an intense examination of the body, breath, and voice (range, resonance, speech) within presence work. Focusing on the development of her methods and processes, this first period of study will lay the technical groundwork while also exploring the ethical framework that must be considered in the context of teaching this material.
  • Phase II is the application of Patsy's work into rehearsal spaces - theatrically, on-camera, and in other environments. Students will learn to apply movement and voice work to dialect teaching and coaching, production preparation, collaboration with directors, actors and more.

The Patsy Rodenburg Master Teacher Certification Program allows for significantly greater awareness of Patsy's work. This Certification will ultimately allow for all RRT clients to feel certain that by working with an RRT, they are in the best hands, receiving the highest quality of teaching and learning that the industry has to offer.

Patsy's Books

Patsy is also an author and has put her teachings down into a variety of books, so anyone from anywhere can learn from Patsy's insights and knowledge. View her books today!

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