The Meisner technique is regarded as theatre’s best kept secret. It is an approach to acting which was developed by the American theatre practitioner Sanford Meisner. The focus of the Meisner approach is for the actor to “get out of their head”, such that the actor is behaving instinctively to the surrounding environment and becoming honest and truthful in performance.
Robyn Paterson founded The London Meisner Company in 2016 after previously teaching the Meisner technique in London and around the world. She studied and graduated from the Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts in Auckland New Zealand before working as an actress. She then studied under famed Sanford Meisner graduate, Michael Saccente, in Auckland for three years before studying at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, otherwise known as the Meisner School, in New York in 2011.
In 2013 she moved to Sydney, Australia and taught classes at The Sydney Drama School and Point Break Drama School while acting professionally in film and television. She then moved to London where as well as acting on the West End, she began to teach the Meisner Technique.
She has taught on-screen acting at London South Bank University, lectured at Waikato University and The Actors Programme in New Zealand and has had been approached to lecture at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Australia. In the UK she has taught at East 15 Drama School, Mountview Academy of Arts, The London Actors Guild, Italia Conti Academy, Drama Studio London and The National Film and Television School. In 2020 she started the schools first ever short Acting for Screen course in its 47 year history, which she still runs today. In 2023 she will offer a new 5 day crossover course intended for film-makers and screenwriters entitled ‘Speaking the Language of Actors'. Robyn also teaches her Acting for Screen two week intensive at the Oxbelly Institution in Athens, Greece.
In New Zealand she has previously worked with Talent Scouts NZ as a scout, Barefoot Casting Agency as a casting assistant and in London, as an assistant producer with Nomad Post Production House.
She is the head coach of The London Meisner Company. She is also a frequent lecturer on Meisner at Roehampton university, London South bank university, the university of east London and Royal Holloway university with both the drama and film-maker departments.
Robyn is currently one of a handful of coaches located in London who has studied at The Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, as well as with teachers trained by Sanford Meisner.