February 9, 2016

It’s Not a Matter of Position

This article on performing freely came out today in The Strad and I was overjoyed to read this passage: When we watch very good players, we […]
April 29, 2015
Cast of Our New Girl

Find the Alexander Teacher!

Can you spot the Alexander Technique teacher in this photo of the cast of Our New Girl? You’ve got it, I’m on the far right! I’m […]
February 10, 2015

A Party in Your Brain

If you didn’t already believe in the enormous benefits of playing music, this charming article (it comes with a video!) is ready to convince you. Playing […]
November 20, 2013

On Being Funny

The final weekend of PETE’s Song of the Dodo is approaching, and I am thinking about what it means to “get a laugh.” Act I of Dodo […]
September 15, 2013

Auditions (From Both Sides of the Table)

The whistling scene from Pina Bausch’s “1980” evokes the feeling of an audition: the competition, the nerves, the feeling of exposure and vulnerability. Unless you’re an accomplished […]
July 31, 2013

Things Happen Without You Trying

“I find the Alexander Technique very helpful in my work. Things happen without you trying; they get to be light and relaxed. You must get an […]
March 15, 2013

A Unified Field of Awareness

We’ve all seen a performer who is “glazed over” and not responding to what’s happening on stage. They look robotic and we become bored watching them. […]
February 14, 2013

Why Stopping (Every 90 Minutes) Makes Us More Productive

We’ve all heard the phrase, “Work smarter, not harder,” but what does it really mean? What does “smart work” look like? For starters, smart work stops […]
June 26, 2012

What is the Alexander Technique, Anyway?

Last night while talking to friends I mentioned that sometimes I feel that I’m failing my students by not providing a concise description of what the […]
April 26, 2012

Cultivating Optimal Conditions

Preparing recently to work with young actors, I reread an article from the STAT website, “Moving into performance: Using the principles of the Alexander Technique to […]