Acting and Drama

How to energise daily rehearsals and your performance…

Acting and drama is physically and emotionally demanding. The role often places great demand on the body:  your walk; your talk; your stance; your act.

To have poise and buoyancy, balance and ease you must know yourself well.  Using Alexander Technique  provides special skill that fine-tunes your character. 

How Alexander Technique came to be known.

Frederick M Alexander, was a Tasmanian born actor.  He developed a glitch; losing his voice.  Hence he forced himself to find a lasting solution.

This  vocal stress became his inspiration to find a solution. As a result, over some eight years, in early 1900s, he developed his method that is subsequently increasingly sought after.  Most importantly, these skills have become well used in top acting and drama universities world-wide.

As a result…

Most actors, singers, performers, know the meaning of good ‘body talk’ in their performance. A musician fine tunes their instrument: a performer tunes their bodies.  Hence, to gain the best most free flowing act, performers use Alexander Technique.

Famous celebrities who embrace Alexander Technique.

Madonna; Hugh Jackman; Judi Dench; Richard Gere; Joanna Lumley; Sir Paul McCartney; William Hurt; Pierce Brosnan; Sting; Jamie Lee Curtis; Jennifer Saunders; Ruby Wax; John Cleese; Robin Williams; Keanu Reeves.

What some famous performers say:

Alan Rickman
With the best of intentions, the job of acting can become a display of accumulated bad habits, trapped instincts and blocked energies. Working with the Alexander Technique to untangle the wires has given me sightings of another way; mind and body, work and life together. It developed real  imaginative freedom.

Michael Hurst
From the very first session with Jann I was able to focus on the physical habits of a lifetime; the cause of problems in my back. I achieved some considerable relief as I practiced the Technique. When I allow myself to think into what I am doing, walking, sitting, standing, I feel a sense both of calmness and of inner strength.

Jennifer Ward Lealand
I recommend Jann’s teaching  of Alexander Technique to actors who want to improve their sense of ease and physicality in a role.

The Alexander Technique helps the actor — “become” more of yourself even though doing ‘less’! 

To find out more, call Jann for how Alexander Technique can improve your performance