The Alexander Technique

“The Alexander Technique promotes a state of energized alertness which is fundamental for actors. This state helps performers to access and maintain the necessary fluidity and response in their acting.”
Jean-Louis Rodrigue

The Alexander Technique provides a template of skills which, for the actor, sits below their other acting processes. The Alexander Technique heightens your awareness and sensitivity of physical habits and allows you to re-direct your thinking and energy in order to make empowering choices.

It works on two levels:

1.  Firstly on yourself.

It allows you to get rid of your tension and open your body and therefore yourself through an improved use of yourself.

2. As a result it enables you to take that improved use into your performance. You find yourself able to;

  • connect with your instrument with great clarity, focus and presence;
  • find truth and integrity in your character –their physicality, voice and accent, emotion, presence and spontaneity;
  •  work safely within your craft.
  • being mindful of your physical co-ordination when faced with performance issues such as wearing uncomfortable costumes or executing risky movements.
  • maintaining energy, stamina and body and vocal health over long seasons.

Leading Institutions teaching The Alexander Technique:

England America
Royal Shakespeare Company Julliard School
London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art New York University
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Metropolitan Opera
Royal National Theatre The Actors Studio
Royal Academy of Music UCLA
Royal College of Music University of Washington School of Drama
Yale Drama School

Benefits of the Alexander Technique for Performers

allow efficient breathing release physical emotional & Intellectual tension
allow your voice to drop in allow an honest & truthful portrayal of character
allow your voice to resonate allow a connection to your audience which comes from a place of truth
allow emotional spontaneity allow a functionally free and correct use of the joints in order to prevent injury
allow muscular-skeletal efficiency allow you to sit, stand or still yourself comfortably for long periods of time
allow free and spontaneous movement allow you to be at one with your instrument
allow clear and focused thought process allow you to establish an easy rapport with your ensemble
allow accessibility to lines allow you to maintain and conserve energy
allow presence allow “non doing” as apposed to “doing”