The Alexander Technique and Performance & Public Speaking
Are you an actor, singer, musician, dancer or public speaker and feel that you are not performing to your full potential?
Do you find that your own physical habits get in the way of your ability to inhabit a character, express yourself artistically, or to get your point across?
Do you experience stage fright?
The Alexander Technique will equip you with the skills to move, breathe, and speak energetically and without strain. You’ll improve your overall coordination and prevent habitual tension from interfering with your performance.
Lindsay's experience with the Alexander Technique as an actor . . .
As a drama student, I had been receiving feedback on my acting work that I understood intellectually, but had difficulty applying. The hands-on, kinesthetic learning that I experienced though the Alexander Technique shed light on challenges I was experiencing in a very direct and concrete way that I could actually feel or sense. Difficulties that I had thought of as vocal or physical as well as trouble staying connected in a scene all related to how I was using myself as a whole. Through the Alexander Technique I understood a clear, practical means of overcoming these challenges. This new understanding of myself improved my ability to learn and grow as an actor as well as my ability learn in general.
As an actor, being able to take on the shape of a character is very important. I have found that working an office job or even spending hours at a computer on creative projects has created habits and patterns in my body which not only cause me discomfort but also inhibit my physical possibilities as a performer. Working with Lindsay has not only helped me move with less pain and more freedom but has also given me greater physical range on stage.
-Elizabeth Alice Murray, Actor and Filmmaker
Since seeing Lindsay for private sessions, I've seen some really dramatic benefits. When I started, I was just returning to dance after having spent some months with a non-epileptic seizure disorder that had recently subsided. It was important to gently continue to find a deeper connection in my body. What began as learning to "not do" soon morphed into a much more calm and unified sense of my whole body after getting out of my own "habitual" way. I now feel a greater sense of being grounded into the floor mixed with a sense of lightness and more mobility through my spine and torso. I've returned to dancing and am doing so better than ever before, with less stress and strain and more fluidity and freedom.