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Alexander Technique for Actors: A Practical Course
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback, 304 pages ISBN: 9781848427587Publication Date:
29 Jul 2021
Size: 216mm x 138mm£14.99 £11.99You save £3.00 (20%)
Ebook, 304 pages ISBN: 9781788503853Publication Date:
29 Jul 2021
£14.99 £11.99You save £3.00 (20%)

Alexander Technique for Actors: A Practical Course

By Penny O'Connor

Paperback £14.99£11.99

Ebook £14.99£11.99

The Alexander Technique has revolutionised the physicality, presence 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 clear, supportive and highly practical book takes you step by step through a series of eleven guided lessons. Each explores different elements and principles of the technique, including:

  • Training yourself 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 power
  • Applying all of this work to characterisation and performance

With dozens of exercises and assignments to help you immediately put what you've learned into practice, and featuring illustrations throughout, this is the ideal introduction to everything the Alexander Technique has to offer – and its potential to benefit not just your work and career, but your entire life.

A Resource Pack designed for use with the book is available to download as a pdf file from this page.

'Penny O'Connor's approach to the Alexander Technique is mindful and meaningful. She brings great skill, experience, wit and humanity to her work. I have learnt a great deal from her.' Jeannette Nelson, Head of Voice, National Theatre

'This comprehensive and absorbing book is essential reading for actors – and all other performers too. It moves seamlessly between explanation and experiential learning, and takes the reader on a cumulative and developmental journey of self-awareness and change, whether working alone or in a group. A joy to experience!' Niamh Dowling, Head of School of Performance, Rose Bruford College

Blog Post: 'Once we let go of the habits that are restricting our performance, we can transform effortlessly, speak clearly, move well in any shape we need for our character, receive and act on direction, and be electrifying onstage and on-screen.' Penny O'Connor on the benefits for actors of the Alexander Technique. Read more >>

Press Quotes

'This engaging, charming and creative guide [is] a fantastic resource… it's easy to read, the ideas, exercises and experiments are laid out clearly and thoroughly, and it's comprehensive... I strongly recommend this book'

Statnews (Journal of the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique)

'Very useful… a thorough introduction to the Alexander Technique... covering posture, breathing and voice, all geared towards what an actor needs to be able to do to create a performance on stage... could have a significant effect on an actor's performance and provide more tools in their skillset'

British Theatre Guide

'Wonderfully rich in content... inviting, friendly, clear, humorous, and always encouraging and supportive of her students' learning... Penny's innovative teaching as well as her thought-provoking and beneficial experiments and activities create an enjoyable and informative learning experience throughout... I enthusiastically recommend her book to everyone interested in Alexander Technique'

ExChange, Journal of Alexander Technique International
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback,304 pages ISBN: 9781848427587Publication Date:
29 Jul 2021
Size: 216mm x 138mm£14.99 £11.99You save £3.00 (20%)
Ebook,304 pages ISBN: 9781788503853Publication Date:
29 Jul 2021
£14.99 £11.99You save £3.00 (20%)
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