In actor training, Alexander Technique (AT) encourages release of tension, ease, efficiency of movement, and greater expressivity. It evokes deep transition into character, and helps the actor avoid injury. While AT often transpires in quiet spaces between an AT teacher and student, it can also be utilized as a practical tool by the director in group experiences, both in the classroom and in rehearsals, in order to restore expansiveness and brighten the creative inner life of the actor for the audience. Its principles are flexible and comprehensive, fostering freedom and play. While a certified AT teacher is required for full effectiveness and to impart the operational ideas in their entirety, the principles Alexander Technique is built upon support nearly all performance-based methodologies. It is my wish that this essay will present tools that will empower directors to build AT into their rehearsal and teaching practices in order to help performers more easily take risks—to “fail better” and spring back in their work.
Schulz, Jennifer, "Risk, Resilience, and the Essential Experience of Being Seen: Helping Actors Move from Self-Care to Deep Freedom with the Alexander Technique" (2022). Theatre Faculty Publications. 1.