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Edinboro University to host ‘Alexander Technique’ interactive acting workshop February 2-3

01/30/2012

EDINBORO, Pa. – Dr. Diane Foust, a certified Viterbo University Alexander Technique instructor will conduct a two-day open acting workshop at Edinboro University this week to teach the Alexander acting techniques.

Developed over the course of a career spanning 50 years by F.M. Alexander (1869-1955), the Alexander Technique is a simple and practical method that teaches how to reduce unnecessary tension while going about normal activities. Sitting, standing, using a computer, participating in athletics and performing all become easier when practitioners are free from the interference of excess physical tension. Alexander Technique teachers observe people engaged in their normal activities and use a combination of verbal instructions and light guiding touch to help them regain freedom of motion.

The Thursday/Friday workshop is aimed at helping actors, performers and members of the general public cultivate enhanced body alignment practices.      Students will work closely with the teacher, but also learn from observation of other students as the teacher works with them. Each student will have the opportunity to learn how to improve whatever specialized activity they choose to focus upon, from sitting and walking to performing as an actor, musician or public speaker.

The workshop is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Old Union Theatre in the Diebold Center for the Performing Arts from 1-to-5 p.m. on February 2 and 3. A limited number of private lessons may also be available in addition to the workshops.

This Edinboro University event is sponsored by Edinboro’s Performing Arts Series and Theatre Arts. For more information, phone Shari Taylor, director of the Performing Arts Series, at 814-732-1242, or e-mail sataylor@edinboro.edu.