The Alexander Technique is an integral part of many professional acting and performance arts conservatory training programs. The Julliard School, Yale Drama School, American Conservatory Theater, and Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts are just a few of the professional actor training programs that offer the Alexander Technique. Integrating the Alexander Technique with movement, voice, dance, and stage combat and movement has a long history in performance training.
The Alexander Technique allows actors to improve their movement, posture, vocal use and the quality of their overall performance. Improvement in whole body freedom and dynamic posture allows for naturalness of expression and vocal and breathing freedom. The whole acting process becomes freer, taking away both physical strain and vocal limitations and opening up the actor’s “whole instrument” for expression.
“My Alexander work has been transformative. I was struggling in my acting work to relax and this struggle was becoming a bigger and bigger barrier to my work. I found that, especially in cold reads, I was bringing so much tension into a scene that I was making odd facial expressions which is, of course, a big problem for focused film work. Since beginning my work with Jane I have been able to find ease and I enter scenes and audition situations with that ease. This skill has been especially helpful in the SAG feature film role I booked and the SAG commercial I booked. Both were incredible because they were the culmination of personal goals but another huge benefit was that because I was able to find ease, I could truly take in the experiences and enjoy them. I plan to continue the Alexander work and I love having this tool to draw on.”
Nichole H., professional actor
Actors working both on the stage, film and doing voice-over work use the Alexander Technique to eliminate habitual tension, to alleviate stage fright, and to expand their range in their acting. Working with the Alexander Technique with monologues, scene work and cold readings, leads to greater vocal and physical flexibility and skill for creating characters and working with text.
“I just worked with Jane for a half hour and could not believe the difference in accessibility both emotionally and vocally. If you want to act with ease and grace, Jane will take you there!”
Carol Hickey,actor in film and stage, acting teacher/coach and director of LA Standard Acting Studio
Jane teaches classes and private sessions in the Alexander Technique and Acting through the L.A. Standard Acting Studio in Austin with master acting teacher, Carol Hickey, and producer, director and film acting coach, Steven Bridgewater. Jane also works with the acting and musical theater performance students at Texas State University working both in master classes and as a movement coach in rehearsals. Jane’s work with professional performers in theater and vocal and instrumental performance spans over thirty years. Jane has taught workshops across the U.S. in professional conservatory and university acting, music and dance programs.