2 Day Alexander Technique Workshop
March 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
In March we will be offering the opportunity to study with one of the foremost instructors of the Alexander Technique, Jessica Wolf. The study of the Alexander Technique is required at the finest drama conservatories around the world, including the Juilliard School, ACT, Yale, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
The Alexander technique is a gentle approach that aims to re-educate the mind and the body through a series of movements so the body uses muscles more efficiently. Actors trained in the Alexander Technique consistently feel more confident and free — physically, vocally and creatively — to do their best work. The physical and imaginative freedom that can be discovered through the Alexander work can be a vital part of the actor’s craft.
Below you’ll find more about the workshop and the Alexander technique. Also attached is an article written by Jessica detailing her work with two-time Oscar winner Dianne Wiest. Please read this article for a very good description of the practical applications of Alexander for the actor.
There are very limited spots for this particular workshop. Signups are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Alexander Technique with Jessica Wolf: The Actor’s Instrument
Transformation is fueled by the actor’s body. Jessica’s work provides a visceral experience through which actors learn to live out their characters’ stories moment-to-moment. In this workshop, actors develop awareness of their psychophysical habits that cause tension and interfere with performance. Through the exploration of our proprioceptive and kinesthetic senses, we improve efficiency and translate intellect into physical expression. By using principles of the Alexander Technique and Art of Breathing, we deepen the connections between our body, breath, and voice. Movement inspires this dynamic relationship by integrating all the parts of the actor’s instrument.
F. Matthias Alexander said, “we can throw away the habit of a lifetime in a few minutes if we use our brains.” Finding physical freedom through a simple thought is the cornerstone of the Alexander Technique. In this workshop, you will first develop an increased awareness of the physical choices you make — either conscious or unconscious — about how you embody yourself and how you present yourself to the world. Ultimately, an actor brings to their work what they know — AND what they don’t know — about themselves. Developing a process to release your physical habits will lead to greater vulnerability while giving you the physical and mental agility to direct yourself into the character’s physical, mental, and emotional life.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Jessica Wolf has been teaching the Alexander Technique for almost 40 years and created the Alexander Technique program at Yale School of Drama in 1998. She is also the founder and director of Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing, a postgraduate training program for Alexander teachers that combines principles of the Alexander Technique and Breathing Coordination. She is also a certified Laban Movement Analyst. In 2013, Jessica published Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing: Collected Articles and created the first three‐dimensional animated film of the respiratory system, which has since been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and German. Other faculty appointments include the Aspen Music Festival, The Juilliard School, SUNY Purchase, Circle in the Square Theater School, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Verbier Music Festival. Jessica coaches many performing artists who appear on‐ and off‐Broadway, and in films and television. Her work is recognized internationally and she travels extensively, giving workshops to performers, teachers, and healthcare providers.
When: March 16th and 17th, 10:00AM – 4:30PM
Where: The Berg Studios
3245 Casitas Ave, Suite 104
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Cost: $400 students, $450 non-students
If you would like to sign up for the workshop, please email or call the office.