Acting/Drama

How to Energise your Acting  and Drama

Gain a confident performance with increased sense of ease; daily rehearsals are energised by knowing yourself through Alexander Technique  Combined with fine-tuning your character physically and emotionally, now you can learn special skills to play your part well. 

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 lasting solution.

FM Alexander developed unique poise and sense of ease.

As a result, over some eight years, in early 1900s, he refined his method that is subsequently sought after all over the world.  Most importantly, these skills have become well used in top music, acting and drama universities world-wide.

What does it take to have a good sense of ease?

Most performers know the meaning of good body talk in their performance.  yet, when a student comes to me, my work gives them a sense of what is hidden in their subconscious mind.  For example, if I ask, “when you lift your hand, do you know how you do it?”.  Invariably, I will show them how much extra tension they involve in the simple action of lifting a hand.  And invariably the student remarks, “I never knew I was doing it like that!”. 

Self knowledge is a never ending challenge. 

An Alexander teacher is trained to pick up the most subtle over-workings of the body.  A performer tunes the body instrument and develops an imaginative freedom. To gain a confident performance, self knowledge is greatly enhanced when using Alexander Technique.

Famous celebrities such as Madonna; Hugh Jackman; Judi Dench; Richard Gere; Joanna Lumley; Sir Paul McCartney; William Hurt and many more…embrace Alexander Technique.

Alan Rickman says,

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. Develop 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 you, the actor become more of yourself even while ‘doing less’! 

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