The Alexander Technique has revolutionised the physicality, presence, stature and professional lives of generations of actors. By first asking you to identify your own acquired habits, the technique enables you to find new and beneficial ways of moving, thinking, breathing and performing, freely and without unnecessary tension.
Written by an experienced teacher of the Alexander Technique, this book takes you step by step through a series of eleven guided lessons, and dozens of exercises and assignments. Each explores different elements and principles of the technique, including:
- Training your mind to stay present, and mindful of your environment
- Thinking (but not overthinking!) in new ways
- Observing and developing your natural poise
- Sitting, standing and walking easily and effortlessly
- Breathing and speaking with release and relaxation
- Applying all of your work to characterisation and performance
Penny O’Connor trained and worked as an actor before becoming a full-time teacher of the Alexander Technique in 1992. She has taught at several London drama schools including ArtsEd, where she was resident for eighteen years, and is a member of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique.