Freedom To Act: 2019

Balance Arts Center



PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM) for AT Teachers and Trainees                                                                        

Best Practices for Staging Theatrical Intimacy with Guest Presenters Chelsea Pace and Laura Rikard

REFRESHMENTS (5:30 PM - 6:15 PM) provided by Freedom to Act for pre-conference attendees

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION BEGINS (6:15 PM) All participants                              
Balance Arts Center: 151 W. 30th St. 3rd floor ***OUR NEW LOCATION!!***

Intro to Alexander Technique and Freedom to Act (6:15 PM - 6:45 PM)     

Presentation on the Nervous System in Performance (6:45 PM - 8:45 PM) with Jennifer Frank Tantia, PhD


SESSION 1 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)

  • A. Feet First - Finding the Floor with Harry Hobbs and Jessica Webb

  • B. Warming Up: Actors’ Floor Barre with Belinda Mello

  • C. The Art of the Slate with Jennifer Schultz

  • D. Radiant Auditioning: Poised for a Great Beginning Small Group with Eleanor Taylor

SESSION 2 (11:15 AM - 1:15 PM)

  • A. Sidere with Cathy Madden

  • B. Audition Resilience: Your Nervous System as Supportive Scene Partner with Tory Matsos

  • C. The Flow of Voice, Breath and Body with Jean McClelland

  • D. Acting in 4D: Owning Time and Space in Your Audition Small Group with Holly Cinnamon 

LUNCH BREAK (1:15 PM - 2:30 PM)

  • SESSION 3 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

    • A : Preparing for an Audition: Creating a Powerful Performance Presence
      with Meade Andrews

    • B : Stand Your Ground and Sing Your Story
      with Kathryn Armour

    • C : The Life Force : Taking Principles Into Shakespeare
      with Janet Madelle Feindel


AT Performance Shorts (4:45 PM - 6:00 PM) Jean E. Taylor will be our MC

A celebration of actors, singers and performers who use Alexander Technique training to inform their processes.


SESSION 4 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

  • A. Dynamic Transitions for Monologues with Sarah Barker

  • B. No Pushy, No Pulley:  An Unexpected Road into Creative Monologue Work with Dana Calvey

  • C. Controlling Your Voice and Nerves Simultaneously with Ann Rodiger

  • D. Ready, Unset, Go! (Small Group*) with Erin O'Leary

BRUNCH (12:00 PM - 1:00 PM)

SESSION 5 (1:00 PM - 3:00 PM)

  • A : Using the Juice: Putting Audition Adrenaline to Work for You
    with Sandra Bain Cushman

  • B : Breath - Integration - Clarity
    with Margi Douglas and Elizabeth Castagna

  • C : AT Tools for Self-Taping: Your Attention Shapes Their Attention
    with Belinda Mello

Monologue Shorts and Closure (3:15 - 4:00 pm)

Share all we've learned about AT, acting and auditioning through short performances and discussion.

*This year, we will be offering a few small group classes to provide actors with more focused learning environment and individual attention.

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