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Michael Howard  Studios is the artistic home of Patsy Rodenburg in New York City.  Actors from 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.

SHAKESPEARE’S HEIGHTENED LANGUAGE

with Patsy Rodenburg


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Do not miss this opportunity to explore Shakespeare’s text with the Head of the Voice Department at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.  See why Dame Judi Dench claims “The best thing you could possibly have is a class with Patsy.”  


Patsy teaches exclusively at Michael Howard Studios in New York City.



“Patsy’s guidance and the clarity and directness of her approach have been invaluable to me.”

                                                                                                                                       Ralph Fiennes


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

Sir Ian McKellan


“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


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

                                                                                                                                      Anna Massey



THREE EXCITING WORKSHOPS

Returning in March - April 2019!


THE RIGHT TO SPEAK

Saturday - Monday, March 30 - April 1

9:00am - 6:00pm

$950


This three-day workshop will guide you to rediscover your powerful and free natural voice. The focus of this workshop 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.



SPEAKING SHAKESPEARE

Tuesday - Thursday, April 2 - 4

9:00am - 6:00pm

$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.



SECOND CIRCLE

Friday - Sunday, April 5 - 7

9:00am - 6:00pm


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.



Full payment is REQUIRED upon signing up.  There are absolutely NO refunds or credits.  Patsy travels from London and only takes a limited number of actors.


To apply, please email us your headshot and resume




PORTUGAL WORKSHOPS

3-DAY WORKSHOPS


LEVEL 1 - Presence, Impact & Voice Workshop

Friday - Sunday, April 12th - 14th, 2019

Cost  - €1,150 (Includes VAT and lunch each day but not the cost of participant travel and accommodation)

Location - Silves, Portugal (closest airport is Faro, Portugal)


In this 3-day workshop, participants will investigate and develop greater “Presence” through a technical process of greater self-awareness.

Patsy Rodenburg will reveal the concept of the three circles of energy and how all human energy moves:

First Circle – the circle of self and withdrawal.

Second Circle – the energy of connecting where your energy is focused and where you react and communicate best.

Third Circle – the circle where all your energy is outward, nonspecific and not targeted.


Practical exercises that employ the body, breath and voice will show participants how to improve communication and presentation skills as well as understanding how best to engage with others:

• Body - we will look at how you create a naturally placed and connected body so that your energy moves through you with ease and authenticity. 

• Breathing – correct breathing is crucial to both communication and leadership. Patsy will explore how breathing in a natural way will ensure you are both present and powerful.

  1. Voice, clarity and delivery - In this workshop we look at the importance of speaking with a natural voice which is direct, clear, free and connected.


There will be individual speech work, using classical texts, and participants can expect to master the ability to inspire and move any audience through the spoken word.


LEVEL 2 - Presence, Impact & Voice Workshop 

Monday - Wednesday, April 15th - 17th, 2019

Cost - €1,150 (Includes VAT and lunch each day but not the cost of participant travel and accommodation)

Location - Silves, Portugal (closest airport is Faro, Portugal)


In this 3-day workshop, participants will delve deeper in the techniques and exercises found in Level 1 (see above). 

Participants will learn to speak with greater impact, employing the tools of the three circles of energy, together with their own heightened self-awareness, to discover the power and impact they can have through understanding their own body, breath and voice, and the connection that exists between them. 


There will be individual speech work, using classical texts, and participants can expect to master the ability to inspire and move any audience through the spoken word.


This workshop is open to participants who have taken the Level 1 workshop and/or have worked with Patsy in the past and have covered the contents Level 1.


To apply, please email us your headshot and resume.