mcANCIENT STORYTELLING & CHORUS: A Masterclass in Greek Classical Text with Patsy Rodenburg

ANCIENT STORYTELLING & CHORUS: A Masterclass in Greek Classical Text with Patsy Rodenburg

“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.

In addition, Patsy has worked with renowned directors like Trevor Nunn, Richard Eyre, Franco Zeffirelli and Tim Burton, and legendary playwrights Arthur Miller, Harold Pinter, Samuel Beckett. This extensive experience led to Patsy Rodenburg being awarded an OBE in 2005 for her outstanding service to drama.

16th Street is thrilled to bring Patsy Rodenburg back to Australia with a Masterclass and a Workshop in Melbourne in March, 2019 providing actors with an exclusive opportunity to work with the world’s greatest voice teacher of our time.

“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 3 Day Greek Tragedy Masterclass

ANCIENT STORYTELLING & CHORUS: A Masterclass in Greek Classical Text with Patsy Rodenburg

The root of western civilisation is found in classical text and theatre. Themes of greed, lust, betrayal, love and war in history and mythology teach us the grandiosity of being alive and how people have behaved in good times and bad.

By connecting with history and engaging with classical text, actors learn about themselves and the human condition; translating these discoveries into every role they play. One must learn the technique and develop the stamina to connect their entire body, voice, breath and being with these deep-rooted themes and stories.

Across the 3 days, you will find the momentum of a classical text, unlock the story and interactions between the character, chorus and audience giving you a fresh appreciation for the rich bedrock of our ancient art.

By participating in this 3-Day Masterclass, actors will learn how to:

1) Understand the power of form
2) Engage with rich text to build greater authenticity and sensitivity
3) Develop courage to work with raw text that is meaty and bloody
4) Experience a text releasing you – rather than you restricting and contorting the text

In addition, the anatomy of the voice will be explored through:

  • 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 vocalise is the breath system – the rib cage, diaphragm and the deeper support muscles of the abdomen to the groin

Patsy will guide the actors through exercises designed 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

And specifically address speech work, using Greek Tragedies:

  • 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


Auditors have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and gain a deeper insight into their craft by watching Master Teacher Patsy Rodenburg work with actors on-the-floor.

Auditing is not simply about viewing the work – but a living, active process where rich experience and deep learning is achieved through detailed observation and careful 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.


“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’s Humanitarian Work

Patsy Rodenburg has been a major voice for Penal Reform in the United Kingdom, staging Shakespearean productions in maximum-security prisons and working with the criminally insane for over 25 years. She has developed methods, along with the treating-psychiatrists, to rehabilitate career-criminals through poetry and Shakespeare.

Patsy understands the relevance of Shakespeare in contemporary times to communicate with, and release, the marginalised and disenfranchised voice in individuals and communities all around the world.

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 life-changing work to Gaza and the West Bank. In Amsterdam, she has conducted workshops with hundreds of sex workers; she has worked extensively with various tribes in Africa and with Aboriginal communities in Australia.

Patsy’s passionate contribution to communication and the spoken word has broken down racial, religious, and class barriers the world over.  We are honoured to host her moving and important work here in Melbourne, in March 2019.


Showcast Participant Scholarships

Showcast is very generously offering a Scholarship for Showcast members to participate to work with Patsy Rodenburg in her 3 Day Masterclass.

16th Street Actors Studio would like to thank Showcast for their incredible support of and commitment to actors in this country.

Click Here for more information about the Participant Scholarships and to Apply