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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.


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

Speaking Shakespeare

Returning in October 2018!


with Patsy Rodenburg

9:00am - 6:00pm


This ALL NEW, three-day workshop will explore Second Circle (staying present) and will build this aspect of the craft within each actor’s process.

Patsy will help each actor find a method for themselves to apply her Second Circle work into Shakespeare’s text. By understanding how Shakespeare’s forms release meaning and content, and how this language creates character and emotional depth, the actor can find the passion and power in thoughts, feelings, and actions.

In essence, Patsy will help you discover that great text and breathes you.

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



November 16 - 18, 2018

£800 + VAT (not including travel or accommodation, including lunch each days.)

Patsy Rodenburg’s intensive 3-day course on voice, presence and ethical leadership is based around her extensive knowledge of classical texts. The aim of the course is to engage in not only connected speech and presence, but to provoke meaningful debate on the good use of power (a concept which lies at the heart of all Classical Greek and Shakespearean text) and to reflect upon how these principles should be applied today. As every actor will tell you, to speak a classical text with conviction requires the highest level of technical skill as well as a superbly disciplined mind that can own the structures of rhetoric and vivid, personal language. Participants can expect to begin to master the ability to inspire and move any audience through the spoken word, and in this way, learn to become a more effective communicator and leader.

Day 1: Voice (body, breath, voice, & speech); Presence work; Formal presentation. At the end of the day you are given a relevant except/speech of Shakespeare to work on.

Day 2: Language & Structure. You will examine the speech and practice techniques to own and realize the text; Structure & sequence work; Storytelling; Imaginative/Imagery & creative work to own the words; Rhythm/pace; Individual work to own one thought.

Day 3: Each participant works with PR on their speech; Masterclass; Moral debate on the issues of language and text.


Friday, June 1 - Sunday, June 3

£900 + VAT (not including travel or accommodation, including lunch each days.)

This course is designed for participants who have previously attended a workshop in Portugal with Patsy.

The Advanced workshop will:

-Intensify Presence work - to build powerful ensemble.

-Stretch the voice, its range, clarity of diction and flow of speech.

-Work on speaking and thinking simultaneously. Being in the moment.

-There will be a deeper exploration of rhetoric. The forms and concrete language that humanize our experiences.

Participants will do the above by actively presenting a Shakespeare play.

To apply, please email us your headshot and resume.


Payments are non-refundable, non transferable.