mcPatsy Rodenburg Masterclass

Patsy Rodenburg Masterclass

“Patsy Rodenburg wants to free your voice so that you can express yourself fully and honestly.” – Sir Ian McKellen


Patsy Rodenburg is a master teacher and regarded as the world’s leading expert on Voice.

Patsy has worked extensively with some of the best-known actors of our generation including; Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Daniel Day Lewis, Alan Rickman, Johnny Depp, Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Fiennes, Patrick Stewart, Michael Caine, Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Emma Thompson and Natalie Portman. And, directors; Trevor Nunn, Richard Eyre, Franco Zeffirelli and Tim Burton. And, playwrights; Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, earning her OBE in 2005 for services to drama.

16th Street is thrilled to bring Patsy Rodenburg to Australia with Masterclasses in Sydney and Melbourne this coming February 2018.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with the world’s best.

“I am an enormous fan of her work. What is wonderful about her is the directness and clarity of her teaching and her enthusiasm.” -Dame Judi Dench

An introduction to Patsy Rodenburg and her work

The Masterclass

As an actor, your voice is your greatest asset. To rehearse a part all day and perform on stage is vocally an athletic feat. To speak a heightened text clearly to hundreds of people requires huge vocal extension.  To express passion and charged ideas takes enormous vocal range and energy whatever the size of the playing space.  

Patsy will create a safe and comfortable environment for everyone to work, learn and grow.

This 3-Day Masterclass will include:

The Anatomy of the Voice:

  • The Body – the way you stand, the angle of your head, the drop of your shoulders, the position of your spine and pelvis which all contribute to the production of a strong voice.
  • The Breath – knowing how to breathe and how to adjust our breathing allows us to produce sounds and speech of infinite variety and richness of tone. The most active part of the body as we vocalize is the breath system – the rib cage, diaphragm and the deeper support muscles of the abdomen to the groin.

Exercises to:

  • Release tension which traps the breath and voice.
  • Centre the body to be in a state of readiness and a place of vocal freedom
  • Warm up and place the voice
  • Own the words
  • Breathe the space

Speech Work using Shakespearian Texts:

  • Mouthing the text
  • Variety and volume
  • Word stress
  • Length of thought
  • Walking the journey of a speech

“Actors have to engage fully with language before it can engage an audience. They must be able to connect to, experience and imagine the words concretely. They need to understand and internalise the physical operation of certain structures in rhythm and form, and work to realise them. The language must penetrate them, filling them with its power.” – Patsy Rodenburg

Auditing

Auditors have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and gain a deeper insight into their craft.

Auditing is not simply an act of watching but rather an active process in which you experience and learn through dynamic observation and analysis.

Very limited Auditing Tickets available. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity.

To book Auditing Tickets please click the link below or click the link in the column on the right-hand side of this page.

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“Patsy is such a unique, dynamic guide in getting us back to the vocal pathway of instinctive expression.” – Joseph Fiennes

Patsy Rodenburg speaks about the power of theatre

About Patsy Rodenburg

Patsy Rodenburg originally trained as an actor but soon moved into voice coaching, fast becoming an associate of the Royal Court Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and eventually working as Head of Voice at the Royal National Theatre before moving to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she has taught for 32 years. Patsy is also on the board of directors at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Patsy has worked extensively with some of the best-known actors of our generation including; Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Daniel Day Lewis, Alan Rickman, Johnny Depp, Vanessa Redgrave, Ralph Fiennes, Patrick Stewart, Michael Caine, Helen Mirren, Daniel Craig, Emma Thompson and Natalie Portman. And, directors; Trevor Nunn, Richard Eyre, Franco Zeffirelli and Tim Burton. And, playwrights; Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett, earning her OBE in 2005 for services to drama.

Patsy’s Humanitarian Work

Although it is not advertised by Patsy herself, Patsy Rodenburg has been a major voice for Penal Reform in the U.K.; she has staged Shakespeare in maximum-security prisons and worked with the criminally insane for over 25 years. She has developed methods along with the treating-psychiatrists to rehabilitate child murderers through poetry and Shakespeare.

Patsy understands the relevance of Shakespeare in contemporary times to communicate with, and release the marginalized and disenfranchised voice. She has spent months traveling and teaching in the most poverty-stricken areas of India, taught Shakespeare to mixed groups of Protestant and Catholic women in Northern Ireland, and has taken her work to Gaza and the West Bank.

In Amsterdam, she has conducted workshops with up to 300 prostitutes at a time; she has worked greatly with various tribes in Africa and with Aboriginal communities in Australia. And that barely scrapes the surface of her contribution. Her passion for communication and the spoken word has broken down racial, religious, and class barriers the world over.