Patsy Rodenburg


Patsy is the Head of Voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (26 years) and until recently at the Royal National Theatre (16 years). She trained in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama and is recognized as one of the world’s leading voice and acting coaches. Previously, Patsy was in residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company for nine years and also works with The Royal Court Theater, Donmar and Almeida Theater, London. She has also worked extensively with many of the great world theaters including the Moscow Art Theatre, Complicite, Cheek by Jowl, Comedie-Francaise, etc.


Patsy has worked regularly with the best-known actors of the British theatre, as well as some of the biggest names in film and television, including: Nicole Kidman, Rachel Weisz, Keira Knightley, Emily Watson, Jude Law, Tom Wilkinson, Hugh Jackman, Matthew Perry, Natalie Portman, Charlotte Rampling, Juliette Binoche, Corin Redgrave, Cate Blanchett, Vanessa Redgrave, Daniel Day-Lewis, Miranda Richardson, Judi Dench, Alan Rickman, Johnny Depp, Linus Roache, Ralph Fiennes, Simon Russel Beale, Joseph Fiennes, Fiona Shaw, Orlando Bloom, Antony Sher, Julia Stiles, Juliet Stevenson, Hugh Grant, Patrick Stewart, Holly Hunter, Janet Suzman, Minnie Driver, David Thewlis, Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Kim Cattrall, Alan Cumming, Olympia Dukakis, Daniel Craig, Brenda Blethyn, Diane Venora, Kenneth Branagh, Sharon Lawrence, Michael Gamboon, Dana Delaney, Jim Broadbent, Gillian Anderson, Glenn Close, Nigel Hawthorne, Hank Azaria, Ian Holm, Rodrigo Santoro, Patsy Kensit, Emma Thompson, Jane Horrocks, Matthew Lillard, Eleanor Bron, Ewan McGregor, Sinead Cusack, Ian McKellan, Charles Dance, Gwyneth Paltrow, Francesca Annis, Madonna, Fanny Ardant, Christina Ricci, Eileen Atkins, Helen Mirren, Lindsay Duncan, Liam Neeson, Liv Ullman, Bill Nighy, Zoe Wanamaker, Gary Oldman, David Schwimmer, Julia Ormond.


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, as well as taking her work to Gaza and the West Bank. In Amsterdam, she has conducted workshops with up to 300 prostitutes at a time; 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.