Eleanor is an extremely knowledgeable and articulate teacher of the Alexander Technique…this class profoundly affected not only my singing, but my overall physical and mental well-being. I highly recommend Eleanor’s class to anyone looking for a new freedom in their singing.
— Participant in Eleanor's "Alexander Technique for Actors and Singers" Small Group Class

Performers require peak physical condition, free of interfering habits and excessive tension, in order to do their work.

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The Alexander Technique was developed by F.M. Alexander, a Shakespearean actor and orator at the turn of the 20th century, to combat his own poor postural and breathing habits that caused him to lose his voice while performing. Alexander discovered that using this technique provided the necessary tools to keep from derailing his abilities as a performing artist.

The technique is an invaluable resource for performers, and I teach from the perspective that the Alexander Technique compliments performers' individual approaches to their craft. I have a special interest in connecting the needs of the voice-user - while not straying into teaching vocal technique - with the myriad benefits the Alexander Technique offers as a foundation on which to build your most radiant performances, unburdened by excess strain. I work primarily with performers, in many contexts - as a faculty member at the Manhattan School of Musical and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, teaching AT as part of the core curriculum to actors and singer-actors; in my ongoing private small group classes "AT for Actors and Singers" at Union Square; and in masterclasses and private lessons. 

I deeply understand the demands that performers encounter daily in their work, and the intricate and personal nature of training one's body and cultivating individual artistry. I experienced transformations in my own singing after incorporating the technique: I use it in my work as a professional soprano in New York City, with over 2 decades of opera, concert and contemporary music performances. I earned degrees in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music (B.Mus.) and the University of Minnesota (M.Mus.) In addition to my AT teacher training, since 2011 I have studied privately with Jessica Wolf (Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Drama) integrating wisdom from her profound synthesis of the Alexander Technique, Breathing Coordination (developed by the late Carl Stough) and her own method The Art of Breathing into my own teaching. I have also trained in The Actor's Secret method with Betsy Polatin (Master Lecture, Boston University College of Fine Arts).

Photo by Ted Gorodetzky


Private Sessions in AT for Performance:

I specialize in working with actors, singers, instrumentalists and other performing artists to improve performance, and enhance excellence, longevity and joy in your craft using the Alexander Technique. As you progress in private sessions, you may choose to focus on applying what you are learning to one or more of these areas.

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Radiant Auditioning - Discover a process to prepare for and experience auditions that are pleasurable and allow you to fully show what you can do.  Learn about the key moments that set the stage for a vibrant presentation, how to warm up body and breath for vitality and calm, and develop a process for presence and poise in auditioning.

Performance Anxiety & Mindfulness - Explore tools to reduce anxiety and calm nerves, both as a daily mindfulness practice and in pressurized situations. Begin to quiet racing thoughts and redirect them to be present in your full self, and incorporate buoyant breathing as a foundational resource.

Embodied Voice - For singers and actors, your communicative instrument is your voice and body, and includes your whole being.  Identify physical and mental habits that may be causing strain, and uncover more easeful coordination of your breath using Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing method. Discover how AT is uniquely positioned to allow balanced coordination of the voice artist’s instrument and resilient respiration.

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Injury and Pain Prevention & Recovery - Repeated performances, rehearsals and practice sessions require extra self-care in order the meet the demands of the profession. Learn to work in cooperation with your physiological design to avoid injury or pain from excessive strain or repetitive stress as you work, and how to recuperate after a challenging run or taxing rehearsal.

 

Photos of Respiro Opera by Willow Johnson


BACKSTAGE Article: An Acting Teacher's Take on What the Alexander Technique Can Do For You

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A terrific piece from May 2018's Backstage magazine explaining some of the crucial benefits of AT in the performer's training.  A must-consider for performers looking to open up new possibilities in their performances and auditions!

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