Alexander Technique for the Actor I

Starts: Friday, March 24, 2017
Fridays, 3pm - 5pm, 8 Weeks - no class on 4/14

This event is in the past.

  

Alexander Technique is a straight-forward set of principles about how we think, move and breathe, the Alexander Technique is best understood through experience with a teacher, in activities as simple as walking.
By practicing simple reminders and changing your movement skills, you can suspend those habits that lead to stress, strain and a diminished life.

Since its development over 100 years ago, people worldwide have used AT to

  • Change posture habits and rethink what is not working in your posture
  • Avoid strain and recuperate from injuries.  
  • Prevent or alleviate problems for computer and cell phone users:  RSI, "text neck", shoulder pain  
  • Prevent chronic back pain.  
  • Gain more awareness and enjoyment of movement
  • Learn how to stop rushing through life to feel less anxious and more satisfaction
  • Communicate with an authentic body language and a clear voice
  • Gain precision in the performance of any activity that is important to you (sports, performing arts, parenting)

Class activities include awareness exercises, gentle hands-on feedback from the teachers, basic body-mapping, practicing the coordination of your mind and body in a theater exercise, improvisation or with text. 

The course content will focus on these four topics: The Actor's Body in Motion, The Actor's Breathing, The Actor's Presence, Ease of Being for Creativity.

TEACHER BIO

Instructor: Belinda Mello

Belinda Mello is an Alexander Technique Teacher, Director and Movement Coach. She brings over 25 years of experience with theater, dance and mask to her classes. She has also on the faculty of Brooklyn College Theater Department, The SITI Conservatory and her own private practice, AT Motion.

Belinda co-produces the Freedom to Act Conference on Acting and the Alexander Technique and is a founding faculty member of the Alexander Residential Workshop in Spokane. Her article (co-authored with Teva Bjerken of NSD) “Cultivating a Lively Use of Tension: the Synergy between Acting and The Alexander Technique” was published in Dance, Theatre and Performance Training Journal.

As both a performer and director she has been part of a 2007 Obie Award winning production (Peculiar Works Project) and the Prospect Theatre’s DarkNight project. She has provided movement coaching for productions at the Women’s Project and Nomad Theatrical Company. Early in her career she worked with Anne Bogart, Tony Kushner and Wendy Woodson and she has performed in diverse settings: The Istanbul International Theater Festival, St. Mark’s Church/Danspace, The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard, Bread and Puppet Resurrection Circus.

Certified (Alexander Technique International) since 1989, she draws inspiration from master Alexander Technique teachers Marjorie Barstow, Dr. William Conable, John Nichols. She holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from Brooklyn College/CUNY.  Website: www.AlexTechMotion.com

 

  

Location: The Barrow Group
312 West 36 St, 3rd floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212.760.2615

   

Meets

FridayMarch 24, 20173:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FridayMarch 31, 20173:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FridayApril 7, 20173:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FridayApril 21, 20173:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FridayApril 28, 20173:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FridayMay 5, 20173:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FridayMay 12, 20173:00 pm - 5:00 pm
FridayMay 19, 20173:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Please Note:

All payments for classes are non-refundable (unless a class is canceled).
If you need to cancel a class for any reason, you must notify us by email at least one week before the class begins, and we will apply a credit to your account for a future class.
As our faculty are all working professional actors, directors and playwrights, we reserve the right to change teachers at any time.
Commitment is for the duration of the session. THERE ARE NO CREDITS OR REFUNDS FOR MISSED CLASSES. If you discontinue any class before the ending date of the session, you forfeit your fee.