Over the past 30 years, Patsy Rodenburg, has become a world expert on teaching voice, speech and presentation skills, initially to actors, but more recently in high profile corporate spheres.
Patsy 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 National Theatre for 16 years. Her first book, The Right to Speak, was first published by Methuen in 1992 and was re-printed in 2015. Patsy then wrote The Need for Words (Methuen, 1993), The Actor Speaks (Methuen, 1997), and Speaking Shakespeare (Methuen, 2001), the last of which is viewed by the theatrical industry as a seminal work on the performance of Shakespeare.
She is currently Professor of Voice at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama where she has been for 32 years, (pioneering the only existing MA in Training Actors (Voice) and is on the board of directors with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
She has worked extensively with actors (including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellen, Daniel Craig, and Natalie Portman), 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. She has also coached extensively for high profile politicians and statesmen.
Patsy examines what it means to have “Presence” through greater self-awareness, and teaches how to rediscover everyone’s innate presence both physically and mentally. Her high profile work goes further to explore how to achieve strong, dependable and magnetic leadership. Also embracing presentation skills by having “Presence”, both in what one says, and how one says it. Her belief that we are inspired by authentic voices, passion of expression and human presence motivates all her work. Her ability to inspire and pass on these commitments has led her to coach some of the world’s leading business and political figures with great success.
See Letting Lips Do What Hands Do: A Voice Instructor for the Leads in ‘Romeo and Juliet’ from the New York Times.