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 Technique is for the actor to “get out of their head” such that the actor is behaving instinctively to the surrounding environment honestly and truthfully under the imaginary circumstance.
Robyn Paterson started acting professionally at 14 years old and graduated from the Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts in Auckland, New Zealand in 2009. She then studied under famed Sanford Meisner graduate Michael Saccente in Auckland for three years and then continued her studies at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre, otherwise known as the Meisner School, in New York, USA.
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. In 2014 she moved to London where as well as acting on the West End, she began to teach the Meisner Technique.
In the UK she has taught the Meisner Technique 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 NFTS's first ever two week '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 annually teaches her 'Acting for Screen' two week intensive at the Oxbelly Institution in Athens, Greece.
In New Zealand she has lectured at Waikato University and The Actors Programme and has had been approached to lecture at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Australia. She has previously worked with Talent Scouts NZ as a scout, Barefoot Casting Agency as a casting assistant and as an assistant producer with Nomad Post Production House in London.
She is also a frequent lecturer on Meisner at Roehampton university, Winchester university, Kingston university, East London university, Royal Holloway university and also teaches 'On Screen Acting' at London Southbank university.
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.