Patsy Rodenburg OBE
Patsy Rodenburg, OBE, is a British voice coach, author, and theatre director. She is the Head of Voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, the Director of Voice at Michael Howard Studios in New York City, is a director of the Royal Shakespeare Company and has also worked with the Royal National Theatre.
Patsy trained in Voice Studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama, and initially worked as an actress before moving into teaching. She has been Head of Voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London since 1981 and the Director of Voice at Michael Howard Studios in New York since 1982. She worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company for nine years from 1981, and with the Royal National Theatre from 1990, where she founded their Voice Department. She has worked globally with the Moscow Art Theatre, Complicite, Cheek by Jowl, and Comedie-Francaise. She has taught thousands of actors, including Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom, Joseph Fiennes, Ewan McGregor and Fay Ripley to name a few.
Patsy has authored several books on the subject of voice coaching, including "Speaking Shakespeare," "The Actor Speaks," "The Right to Speak," "The Need for Words," and "Presence.”
Heather Brown is The Laurus Trust Director of Music. Heather is passionate about music education and enabling young people from all backgrounds to achieve the highest standards of musical performance.
Heather was previously Director of Music at Trinity Church of England High School from 2008-21, and prior to that, Head of Music at Newall Green High School.
After graduating with a BMus Hons from Lancaster University in 2001, Heather started her music teaching career at The Barlow RC High School in 2003 and was the lead secondary teacher on the strategic board of Myhub, Manchester Music from 2015-2021. She will complete the NPQSL in 2021.