April 18, 2010

Patsy Rodenburg: Acting and voice coach

One reason I love theater is because it is intimately connected to the human inner gut. When I listened to Patsy Rodenburg´s talk at Michael Howard Studios in NY (hosted online by TED), I was really touched when she told that in a book-talk in Australia a man said to her that he didnt like theater and continued, in a Greek play, "there was an actress that lost her young son and made a sound that was really embarassing. (...) A year ago a policeman came and told me that my daughter had been rapped and murdered and I made that same sound.Whoever that actress was, I bless her." She played the truth.

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Patsy´s BIO on TED: "Patsy Rodenburg is the Director of Voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is recognized as one of the world's leading voice and acting coaches. She was in residence with the Royal Shakespeare Company for nine years and also works with The Royal Court Theater, Donmar Warehouse Theatre and Almeida Theatre. She has also worked extensively with many of the great world theaters, including the Moscow Art Theater. Rodenburg has also been a major voice for penal reform in the UK. She has staged Shakespeare in maximum-security prison and worked with the criminally insane for over 25 years. She has spent months traveling and teaching in India's most poverty-stricken areas."

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