Shakespeare: Voice & Verse & Alexander Technique

Shakespeare: Voice & Verse & Alexander Technique
AT Motion Summer Intensive June 8-12, 2105 in NYC

Explore Shakespeare with two principal teachers of Voice, Acting, and Alexander Technique:

  • Unlock your authentic voice Allow language to reveal character, and let it live and breathe through you with ease and vitality
  • Discover how to build confidence by using verse to connect you to your emotions
  • Explore freedom of movement with grounded presence in your body and voice.

Prepare for an audition or build your technique:
This is a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of how to work. Refresh your favorite Shakespearean verse monologue or dare to explore a new one!

Based on her work with Tony-nominated Shakespeare director Tim Carroll, Miriam Silverman will lead verse exercises to break open and revitalize your monologues.
Using Alexander Technique, Margolis Method exercises and Rasaboxes, Belinda Mello will facilitate the embodiment of verse with attention to tension release and support.

We are limiting the class size to allow for individual attention - register early to reserve your place.

Class Schedule:
Monday, June 8th: 10AM-1PM
Tuesday, June 9th: 10AM-1PM
Thursday, June 11th: 10AM-1PM
Friday, June 12th: 10AM-4PM
Optional 1 hour private coaching can be scheduled separately

Class Registration: $375
AEA/Student Discount: $325
Includes a 25% discount on a private lesson/coaching with either Miriam or Belinda Class
Registration + private lesson: $450
AEA/Student Discount: $400

To Register,
1) E-mail: to reserve your spot and receive application information

Belinda Mello, is a senior level Alexander Technique teacher and movement specialist with over 25 years experience. She currently teaches at the Tom Todoroff Studio Conservatory, the SITI Conservatory, The Barrow Group and Brooklyn College/CUNY Theater Department where she has also taught Acting, Movement and Mask. She has been a guest teaching artist at the Ted Bardy Studio, Muhlenberg College, The Actor’s Movement Studio, the New Actor’s Workshop and has worked on theater productions with The Women’s Project, Prospect Theater Company Dark Nights. and others. Belinda has performed in the USA and Europe, and was both a director and actor in the Peculiar Works Obie Award-winning production. She co-produces the annual Freedom to Act Conference in NYC and teaches at the Alexander Residential Workshops in Spokane and Columbus. Belinda is a graduate of the MFA directing program at Brooklyn College/CUNY and is a member of the Margolis Method professor certification group. In her early performance experience she was fortunate to work with Anne Bogart, Tony Kushner, Wendy Woodson and Eva Dean. She has been tutored in mask by Per Brahe and in Rasaboxes with Paula Murray Cole. She draws on her background in movement and theater for her weekly classes for actors, and in her presentation

Miriam Silverman is a graduate of the Brown/Trinity MFA program and has performed Off-Broadway and regionally at theaters including The Public, EST, Red Bull, Rattlestick, page73, Ripe Time, The Guthrie, Arena Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival, The Folger,Trinity Rep and in numerous productions at the Shakespeare Theatre in DC where Miriam is an Affiliated Artist. Most recently in NY, Miriam earned a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Actress for her performance in Finks at Ensemble Studio Theater. Miriam currently teaches Acting at Marymount Manhattan College and Voice and Speech at both NYU’s graduate acting program and the Tom Todoroff Conservatory. Past teaching credits include Brooklyn College, HB Studio, NYCDA, PPAS, and Master Classes in Verse and Shakespeare for Red Bull, The Factory, The Shakespeare Theatre and The University of Iowa. Miriam received a 2011 TCG Fox Fellowship for Extraordinary Potential to further explore the relationship between voice and verse. During her Fellowship, Miriam studied with the Roy Hart Theater in France, Tim Carroll and the Factory in London, Patsy Rodenburg and Catherine Fitzmaurice, among others. Miriam co-founded the NYC based branch of The Factory with Tim Carroll, and helped lead workshops for a rotating group of actors from 2010-2013. Miriam is a member of The Actor’s Center Workshop Company.


Alexander Technique for the Performing Arts Pilot Actors, musicians, and other performing artists with Tommy Thompson

Workshops with Tommy Thompson

Apr  18, 2015
Cambridge, MA, USA
Alexander Technique for the Performing Arts Pilot
Actors, musicians, and other performing artists

For more information, visit

Tommy Thompson, Director
Alexander Technique Center at Cambridge
1692 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
Tel: +617-497-2242
Cell: +617-413-1638
Fax: +617-497-2615

EMBODYING THE CHARACTER by using the Alexander Technique

by using the Alexander Technique
with Jean-Louis Rodrigue and Kristof Konrad
December 12, 2014  Los Angeles

All communication starts with the body.  It is the point of origin for the voice, emotional life, and physical activity.  It also creates and communicates meaning for the audience- our physical actions and responses are interpreted by the onlooker- and performers need to be in charge of this process.

Night class: Mondays,
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, JAN 19 - MAR 9, 2015
Day class: Fridays,
10:00 AM - 12 Noon, JAN 16 - MAR 6, 2015 
Odyssey Theatre Ensemble
2055 S. Sepulveda Boulevard, West Los Angeles, CA 90025

Tuition: $450.  7 weeks advance registration
call Kristof (310) - 443-4483 or e-mail


Connecting to the body through awareness with the Alexander Technique (getting out of your head)  ● Freeing impulse and response patterns  ● Recognizing the force of habit ●  Improving breath coordination and vocal quality ● Improving your movement by learning to organize body relationships ● Understanding Means and Ends ● Making clear choices of intention  ● Infusing direction in your thinking and movement ● Applying the Alexander Technique to monologues, sonnets, songs, and scenes ● Learning to develop characters physically ( if I believe your body, I’ll believe your character)


has most recently coached Matt Bomer in THE NORMAL HEART on HBO and Paul Dano in LOVE AND MERCY.  He has worked with Larry Moss on the movement and vocal aspects of Pamela Gien's award winning play THE SYRINGA TREE, Bo Eason's RUNT OF THE LITTER and April Daisy White's SUGAR. He has trained and coached performers at the ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY, MARK TAPER FORUM, GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE, LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC INSTITUTE, STEPPENWOLF, SAN FRANCISCO OPERA, BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL, VERBIER FESTIVAL, GETTY VILLA, and on BROADWAY.  Past and current students include: CHRIS PINE, LEONARDO DICAPRIO, ANG LEE, JOSH BROLIN, IAN McKELLEN, HELENA BONHAM CARTER, JULIETTE BINOCHE, HILARY SWANK, SIMON BAKER, KEANU REEVES, PATRICIA ARQUETTE and JOBETH WILLIAMS.  Jean-Louis is on faculty at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.


was born in Poland, trained as an actor at the National Dramatic Academy in Warsaw, Poland and the Alexander Fersen Academy in Rome, Italy. While in Poland, he studied and worked with theater and film masters JERZY GROTOWSKI and ANDRZEJ WAJDA. In the USA he worked with directors KENNETH BRANAGH, RON HOWARD and ROLAND EMMERICH. His credits include: HOUSE OF CARDS, INTELLIGENCE, ANGELS AND DEMONS, HOTEL CALIFORNIA, INDEPENDENCE DAY, NIKITA, SCANDAL, BURN NOTICE, OPERATION SAMUM, ALIAS, THE AGENCY, JAG, E- RING and many others. Kristof has taught for the BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, GENERATION CAMPUS - MOSCOW, VERBIER FESTIVAL& ACADEMY in Switzerland and UBS VERBIER ORCHESTRA. He is teaching Intensive Acting in Film and Alexander Technique Workshops in: New York, Los Angeles, Milan, Berlin, Toronto and Vancouver. In the U.S., he has taught with Jean-Louis at the LARRY MOSS STUDIO, HOWARD FINE STUDIO, LA and Melbourne, Australia.  THEATRICUM BOTANICUM, MEDIA ACCESS and recently worked with the artists of the ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY and the CIRQUE DU SOLEIL. Past and current students include: KENNETH BRANAGH, COBIE SMULDERS, JOBETH WILLIAMS, ERIC DANE, and SHARON LAWRENCE.

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"With the best of intentions, the job of acting can become a display of accumulated bad habits, trapped instincts and blocked energies.  Working with the Alexander Technique to untangle the wires has given me sightings of another way; mind and body, work and life together.  Real imaginative freedom."                  -ALAN RICKMAN

"Jean-Louis Rodrigue always brings a personal and positive approach to his coaching work.  His involvement is timeless and complete.  He is generous, genuine, and creative such that even when a character or a story is frightening, it becomes about exploring the work and being of service.  Jean-Louis has a clear view of the character the actor is playing and also an awareness of the purpose and structure of the whole movie, which engages the entire actor's intention and responsibility with the project.  His work is a useful and exciting way to open my channels for my research as an actress.              - JULIETTE BINOCHE  

Working with Kristof has been tremendously helpful. Through body awareness and proper physical alignment, he helps open up channels of energy that enable full presence of being. He focuses on the details of a character that most fully connect to a visceral core – a character’s animal, their element, their core image or symbol. He helps actors build their characters through a process of fluidity, not rigidity, always working through the body. The bottom line is Kristof will help you bring LIFE to every moment of a performance – simple, unforced, bold, and electric!”
                                                          - MICHAEL WELCH

"Jean-Louis is a gifted teacher. Some teachers are able to adjust, fix, or produce results in students immediately.  However, often their work does not have a lasting value.  Jean-Louis is not in that category.  His understanding of the Alexander Technique and the  psychology of the American actor is such that he is able to leave a lasting impression on most of the actors he encounters.  It is a pleasure to be able to testify to his skill, ability, and artistry"
                                                         - LOUIS SCHEEDER
                                                         Director of  Classical Studio, NYU Drama, Tisch School of the Arts

Advanced Alexander Technique for Actors

Advanced Alexander Technique for Actors

Kicking off the New Year I am Happy to be offering an ongoing Drop-in Advanced Class! 

Open for a small group of 5 to 8 actors, we will meet on Monday nights at Balance Arts Center.  Class begins January 26, 2015 and runs for 14 Mondays through the end of April from 7 - 10 pm.  

Sign up for 4 classes HOWEVER and WHENEVER you want. There will be lots of personal attention and focus on individual career goals.  

To learn more about Karen, her classes, and student success stories, visit

Email to register!