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Tutors

Penny McDonald

Penny McDonald
“I have worked with Penny for years and have found her to be one of the most intuitive, generous, and life changing practitioners in the field. Her experience is enormous and her gifts undeniable. I am thrilled that all at 16th Street Actors Studio will experience the benefits of Penny teaching as much as I have over the past decade and a half.” – Hugh Jackman, Actor

Background

Penny McDonald has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 15 years at major drama schools around the country. She specialises in working with people involved in the performing arts. Penny comes from an acting background and has worked in the industry for 25 years.

Philosophy

The relationship between the head and the spine will determine the co-ordination of the whole body. The end product of an Alexander lesson is to give you a new experience which helps your recognise patterns of tension in your body. As you learn to let go of this tension you often experience a lightness of movement, because the way you use your body determines how well it works, how clearly you think, and how good you feel.

“I first had Alexander Technique lessons when I was working as an actor in a street theatre company. This work was very demanding physically and on the voice. After Alexander lessons I found everything became easier, I felt lighter and my voice carried further and with no strain.” – Penny