The Actor's Body

Adult

Stage

Actors are trained to respond truthfully in moments of imaginary circumstances. Yet inevitably actors will experience moments of tension, rigidity, and stress that interfere with their ability to respond in a believable way.

In this special series, actors will learn to develop their kinesthetic awareness, discover habits of their physical body, and foster better alignment, and breathing.

A few skills you will leave class with:

  • Improved self-awareness
  • Discovery of the body as an instrument
  • Tools to reduce stress + anxiety
  • Increased confidence + ease
  • Ability to stay present, connected + grounded

This class is based on the principles of the Alexander Technique, a mind/body method that teaches actors how to release unnecessary stress and tension in themselves. This allows actors to access their most natural and authentic responses in their performances and in their daily living.

Through this unique class, you will experience becoming more familiar with your body, breath, and voice so that you can better adapt and embody your characters’ unique expressions.

Duration: 2 hours
Tuition: $200

COVID SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Safety for our students and staff is our top priority. With safety in mind and in close consultation with local health experts, the Alliance will require all students aged 12 and older attending classes in person on the Woodruff Arts Center’s campus to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and show proof of vaccination upon arrival at the first scheduled class. Unvaccinated students must show a negative COVID test. Students under the age of 12 are not required to be vaccinated and do not need to present negative COVID-19 test results to attend classes.  

All students are required to wear cloth face coverings (as recommended by CDC guidelines) properly indoors at all times. Learn more about our safety policies here

Meet the Teacher

Morgan Rysdon

Morgan Rysdon

Morgan Rysdon is a nationally certified Alexander Technique teacher and founder of Center Studio. With an active private practice in New York City and Atlanta, she helps actors, singers and dancers elevate their performances as well as recover from chronic pain, injury, stress and anxiety. She holds a BA in acting and performing and spent time acting professionally in Chicago working at theaters such as Victory Gardens Theatre, The Redmoon Theatre Company and The Hypocrites among others. She gained her teaching certification from The American Center for the Alexander Technique in NYC. Committed to helping others, Morgan teaches private lessons and group classes with a focus on building self-awareness, self-confidence and poise through improving the overall function of an individuals mind, body, breath and voice. Since relocating to Atlanta in 2018 she has taught at the Alliance Theatre, Horizon Theater and Actors Express among others.

Alliance Theatre

The Alliance Theatre is the lead producing theatre in the Southeast, creating the powerful experience of shared theatre for diverse people on two stages. We value excellence, pursued with integrity and creativity, and achieved through collaboration. We deliver powerful programming that challenges adult and youth audiences to think critically and care deeply.
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