ROBERT W. PATTERSON (1946-2019)
It is with great sadness we report the untimely death of Robert Patterson. A man dedicated to the craft of acting and the art of teaching. Mr. Patterson was a master teacher of acting who built on the legacy of Sanford Meisner to clarify and complete a way of working that continues to have an impact on the profession today.
Mr. Patterson believed that the teaching artist must evolve and teach each class anew. He rejected the staid ideas of the status quo and dedicated himself to the invention of new processes to invoke consciousness in each student beyond the comfortable facades of their personalities. Mr. Patterson worked tirelessly toward the end of re-organizing the being toward the attainment of a practical, workable understanding of their craft.
It is rare to find a man of such integrity, a fiery temperament; an adherence to his aim and purpose; his unflinching dedication in the face of great adversity.
“He was a man, take him for all in all, I shall not look upon his like again.”
Below please find the obituary:
Robert W. Patterson, 72, of Brooklyn, NY, died May 8, 2019. Born August 6, 1946, in Buffalo, NY, he was the son of the late William E. and Lillian (Allen) Patterson.
Robert taught acting at the Robert Patterson Studio in New York City’s Upper West Side for 45 years. Having studied directly under Sanford Meisner, Bob applied Meisner’s work through a successful career as a stage actor, primarily on Broadway, Off-Broadway and at major regional theaters throughout the country. Over more than four decades, Robert built upon Meisner’s work to develop a complete way of working that is taught nowhere else. He was passionate about breaking down and simplifying the elements and tools of the craft of acting. Alumni of the Robert Patterson Studio include Ted Danson, JoBeth Williams, Tim Kelleher, Martha Jacobs and countless other renowned actors.
Robert was an active member of the First Unitarian Congregational Society, a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Brooklyn, NY. With the congregation community as well as political organizations, he worked tirelessly for civil rights and to combat oppression. He also mentored youth within the community.
Robert is survived by a son, William M. (Sarah A.) Patterson of Sterling, VA, grandson Brennan R. Patterson and brother Richard (Yvonne) Patterson of Great Falls, Va. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Pamela E. Funk of Harpers Ferry, WV.
A memorial service will be held Friday, May 17, 2019, TIME 3:00 pm, at the First Unitarian Congregational Society, 119 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fedadse.org an organization he raised funds for over the last fifteen years that worked to rebuild Haiti. Other donations could be made to any organization embracing social or racial change.
The Patterson Studio: A Dedicated Actor’s Studio
Preparing for Your Life in Theater, Film & Television
We welcome you as you embark on an educational journey that will transform your life in ways you can’t even imagine!
Professional Acting is a serious commitment in terms of time and money and you are worth such an investment. The Patterson Studio is a place for serious actors to be trained in a complete way. We expect our students are serious about Acting as we are not a studio for those are deciding whether or not they want to be an actor. It’s a place to learn Acting as a complete craft and as one continuous action, so you can go and act with confidence, and never need to worry about relying on a teacher after your complete your studies. It is also a studio that believes professional study should be affordable for everyone.
This study requires hard work in and out of class, and any Acting School that tells you differently, is likely interested in playing on your dreams and may waste your time and money. At the Patterson Studio, if your approach is professional and you do the Work, you’ll finish the class with all the tools you need to have a successful Acting career and to employ your craft under any circumstance.
Come experience our Master Acting Introductory class on Tuesdays before deciding which of our workshops is right for you or you may decide the full 28 month studio program is what you need. Contact us or call 646-400-5556 today to get started on your acting career.
An Unscripted Interview with Robert Patterson.
Phil Hall & Tom Vasiliades Part I & II
Student Panel: Conrad Roberts, Mara McCann, Alex Charriez
Daniel Amenda (part 1 & 2)
Robert Patterson on Why Students Should Attend the Tuesday Master Class
Robert Patterson discusses his Tuesday Master Acting Class on selected Tuesdays in NYC. Learn why students should attend as they prepare for a career in the theater or film. If you are an actor looking for a challenging class to help you grow in your understanding of the craft we welcome all levels of acting. Classes starting now and registration required more details here.
On Teaching the Fundamentals of Acting
Meet Robert Patterson! The tough talented coach of Broadway & Film actors for over 40 years. Listen to his frank conversation on his career and understand why its important for him to get the fundamentals instilled in the next generation of stage & film actors.
Jim Selman interview with Robert Patterson
The Patterson Studio Documentary in Production
Robert Patterson on Acting from the upcoming documentary film on his 40 years coaching actors for theater & film.