F.M. Alexander (1869-1955) was an actor and developed this technique based on elements in acting; awareness, presence, voice, breathing, emotional availability, freedom to make choices and finding a habit-free state from which to express a character.
Rather than a set of exercises, the Alexander Technique is a set of skills and insights that connect you to your body and help you find more ease, confidence, and precision in the way you move, breathe, and communicate throughout the day.
The Alexander Technique is now taught world-wide. It is particularly well-established in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, France, the United States, Canada, Australia, and Israel. It is an integral part of the curriculum in music, theater, and dance conservatories and universities in England.
Ann Rodiger and Belinda Mello - conference developers
Ann Rodiger is the Founder and Director of the Balance Arts Center, a movement learning center based on the Alexander Technique. She is also the Director of the Balance Arts Center AmSAT approved Alexander Technique Teacher Training program. She works with many performers specializing in vocal work with actors and singers. She has private practices in New York City; Berlin, Germany and Antwerp, Belgium.
Ann has developed the Balance Arts Floor Class that presents movement through the Alexander Technique Lens. She has combined her experience in the AT with her knowledge of Bartenieff Fundamentals, Feldenkrais, yoga and various dance techniques in creating the class.
She also developed the Performance Practices Berlin 10-day vocal workshop with John Norris held in Berlin each summer.
Ann has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1981 and was in the first graduating class of the Urbana Center for the AT with Joan and Alex Murray. She holds a B.S. in Dance from the University of Oregon and an M.A. in Dance from The Ohio State University. She is an Advanced Labanotator and is highly skilled in Laban Movement Analysis.
Belinda Mello is the founder of AT Motion - Alexander Technique, specializing in the performing arts and communication. She teaches at the SITI Conservatory, The Barrow Group and was with the CUNY/Brooklyn College Theatre Department for 15 years. She is on the faculty of the annual residential Alexander Workshops in Spokane, WA and gives workshops for Actors in Toronto, ON.
Belinda has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1989 in her private practice and as a guest lecturer at conservatory programs and theater companies, she coaches actors who have appeared in film, television, and New York theaters including The Women's Project, The Public Theater, BAM. Musicians who study with her perform at Carnegie Hall, in Broadway shows and are recording artists.
Her article, with her colleague Teva Bjerken, “Cultivating a lively use of tension, the synergy between acting and the Alexander Technique” was published in 2012 . Most recently Belinda as completed professor certification training in the Margolis Method.
Belinda has a MFA in Directing, and was part of an Obie Award winning production with Peculiar Works. She provides movement coaching and movement dramaturgy for productions and individual actors preparing roles and auditions.
Belinda offers weekly classes for actors and summer intensive workshops.