Minnesota Center for the
Alexander Technique (MinnCAT)
Video of Los Angeles Alexander Teacher (UCLA) Jean Louis-Rodrigue on "Why Actors should study the Alexander Technique":
Video of Actor Hugh Jackman talks about benefits of the Alexander Technique:
Actors who've studied: Paul Newman, Jeremy Irons, Joel Gray, Mary Steenbergen, Hugh Jackman, Julie Andrews, Patrick Stewart, Kevin Kline, Joanne Woodward, John Cleese, John Houseman, Robin Williams, James Earl Jones, Christopher Reeve, Judi Dench, Ben Kingsley, William Hurt, Keanu Reeves, Hillary Swank. Heath Leger, Pierce Brosnan.
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I find The Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying. They get to be light and relaxed. You must get an Alexander teacher to show it to you.
- John Cleese, actor
I love the Alexander Technique. It has corrected my posture, improved my health and changed my life.
- Alec McCowen CBE, actor
The Alexander Technique has played an important and beneficial part in my life.
-John Houseman, actor, producer and director
Alexander students rid themselves of bad postural habits and are helped to reach with their bodies and minds, an enviable degree of freedom of expression.
- Michael Langham, Director, The Juilliard School,
The Alexander Technique has helped me to undo knots, unblock energy and deal with almost paralyzing stage fright
- William Hurt, actor
The Technique's many benefits for actors include minimized tension, centeredness, vocal relaxation, and responsiveness, mind/body connection and about an inch and a half of additional height.
- Kevin Kline, actor
The Alexander Technique makes a real difference to my often tense and busy life. Its thoughtful approach has made me calmer, improved my concentration and given me a clearer sense of my own well-being. I am grateful for it.
- Joan Bakewell, TV presenter and journalist
"I was born with no natural aptitude. I wasn't pretty. I moved with no grace at all. I auditioned for the London Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts but was not accepted. When I was finally admitted to Central School of Speech and Drama and showed up at my first movement class with my hump back and wearing a leotard, the movement teacher said, "Oh God." He sent me to the head of the school who then sent me to study the Alexander Technique with Dr. Wilfred Barlow. That whole semester I took Alexander lessons instead of attending movement classes which helped me enormously in my training and in subsequent years in my acting work. Now I can play people who are graceful and beautiful."
- Lynn Redgrave, Actress
"Good acting is revealing yourself, not covering yourself up. If your body is free, your mind is free. [The Alexander Technique allows] you to feel what it's like to stay open physically, and also stay fully involved in whatever you're supposed to be doing."
- Annette Bening, Actress