Adult Professional Development Workshop and Coaching Opportunity – Balance of Mind, Body and Breath using Alexander Technique, with Elizabeth Daily.
F.M. Alexander, a performer of Shakespeare, continually lost his voice in performance. Alexander discovered that the way he used his own body caused additional tension and physical “sets” which caused him to overuse his voice. His technique incorporates guided touch for the individual to think and understand movement patterning. An introduction to some of the principles of Alexander Technique which integrate the actor’s understanding of the use of self, this workshop will focus on elements to access our fullest potential, our true self and deepening our connection to our instrument. The Alexander Technique provides a greater understanding of how our own psycho-physical connection can relate to playing a role. Participants will find greater sensory awareness and begin to recognize unwanted patterns of movement and behavior. Demonstration of the technique through group work and through “hands on” work. Participants can bring a piece of text, but it is not required.
Instructor Elizabeth (Beth) Daily is Professor of Acting and Voice/Speech at Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. Ms. Daily holds a B.A. in Speech and Dramatic Art and a M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling/Deafness from the University of Missouri-Columbia and her M.F.A. in Acting from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Ms. Daily is studying with Debi Adams at the Boston Conservatory at Berkelee in the Alexander Technique. She has worked with Sonia Moore of the American Center for Stanislavsky Theater Art, a visiting artist at UNCG. Ms. Daily has studied voice/speech with Louis Colaianni (Linklater), Arthur Lessac and Catherine Fitzmaurice. She has acted professionally in New England including The Barnstormers, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Papermill Theatre and the New Hampshire Theatre Project and also in North Carolina and West Virginia. Her professional work also includes directing, voice/speech coaching and video/voice-over for commercial and educational purposes. She has taught sign language at PSU and developed an actor training pedagogy utilizing sign language. Her most recent acting credits have been Miss Phallon in Chicks and Martha in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Her most recent directing credits include various musicals, readings and plays: Merrily We Roll Along, Oedipus the King, The Birthday Party, Dracula, Love, Loss and What I Wore, Anatomy of Gray, and The Drowsy Chaperone. Ms. Daily is a member of Alexander Technique International (ATI), Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), the Association of Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) and the New England Theatre Conference (NETC).