January 4-6th, 2019

New York City

Developed by Belinda Mello, Ann Rodiger

Join us for the 8th year of Freedom to Act.  We are pleased to offer workshops, presentations, and lively discussions with familiar and new presenters. The conference includes a cabaret on Saturday and brunch on Sunday.

Audition Preparation and Success

Actors who use the Alexander Technique develop confidence for entering the audition room open and ready. When preparing for a live audition or a taped submission, the AT helps actors maintain a lively yet calm presence throughout the process.

AT is a foundational approach in being authentic and free from restrictive patterns. Professional actors and actors in training use AT to become more fully alive in their bodies and voices. As actors utilize the AT in daily living it enhances all aspects of their work.

The ease and confidence the AT fosters helps the actor draw attention of casting directors to what they have to offer during auditions. This allows the actor to be themself without excess tension throughout the audition process.  Taking direction with ease allows the actor to make adjustments in the moment.

Freedom to ACT Conference

Actors, acting teachers or coaches, movement and voice specialists, AT teachers and trainees are all welcome to attend this conference. Together we are a powerful and creative community that supports professional performing artists. We welcome people of all Alexander Technique skill levels and understandings to take workshops together. The weekend will include informal performances and social gatherings as well  -- Join us!



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

Theatrical Intimacy Education with Guest Presenters Chelsea Pace and Laura Rikard

REFRESHMENTS (5:30 PM - 6:15 PM) provided by Freedom to Act for AT Teachers and trainees

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 (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 & 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 McClellan

  • 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 Feindel

  • D. Acting for Virtual Environments: The Inner and Outer Landscape of the Character in Cinematic Space
    with Jean-Louis Rodrigue

AT CABARET (4:45 PM - 6:00 PM)

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

Wrap Up (3:15 -4:00 pm)
Sharing audition monologues , discussion and closure

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

Visit for workshop descriptions and presenters’ bios.

Pre-Conference for AT Teachers & Trainees (Friday) Fee: $75

Conference Registration Fee:

Before December 1: $260

After December 1: $285

Pay-by-session: $50

Students (with current ID):

Before December 1: $175

Registration after December 1: $200

Student pay-by-session: $40

Conference Registration Fee includes attendance at Friday night events, one workshop in each of the 5 sessions, as well as the closing meeting. Pre-Conference Workshop is not included in Conference Registration Fee.

Full Schedule Info and Online Registration:

Saturday Registration at:

Balance Arts Center, 151 W. 30th St. 3rd floor ***NEW LOCATION!***



Voicemail: 646-812-5390


  • Balance Arts Center,151 W. 30th St. 3rd floor

  • Chelsea Studios, 151 W. 26th St. 6th floor

  • Episcopal Actors’ Guild, 1 E. 29th St., 2nd floor

  • Opera America, 330 7th Ave

  • Pearl Studios, 500 8th Ave., 4th floor