“I know Patsy to be a gifted voice and speech coach… she provides practical and imaginative means for getting to the heart of the text and making the necessity for the language to be strongly felt by audiences.”

  1. -Trevor Nunn, Former Director of The Royal Shakespeare Company

“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, Actress

“She gives you a wondrously simple way of releasing the voice and body - which also becomes a way of life.”

-Anna Massey, Actress

“Patsy Rodenburg is one of the handful of people in the world who understand that the use of the voice by actors and public speakers engages the heart, the mind and the body. There is no teacher, in my experience, who brings all these together with such wisdom and patience.”

-Richard Eyre, Director

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

-Sir Ian McKellen, Actor

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

- Joseph Fiennes, Actor

BIOGRAPHY - Patsy Rodenburg has been the Director 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, including Los Angeles, Australia, Canada, India, and in many other places. 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.  Patsy also has a DVD series, chronicling the first thirty years of Patsy’s work. This series can be purchased at

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. Patsy 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.

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Patsy Rodenburg

Michael Howard Studios is the artistic home of Patsy Rodenburg in New York City.  Actors from all around the world travel to study with her, and we invite you to do the same.  Feel free to use  these pages to research Patsy’s work, and contact us at any time with questions.

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