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Workshops and Classes with Jessica Beck
My name is Jessica Beck, and I started my career as a theatre director, wanting to deepen my understanding of emotion in actor training. My mentor Brian Astbury - and his Emotional Access Work - inspired me to embark on a P.h.D in Performance Practice at the University of Exeter with Phillip Zarrilli. My dissertation entitled "Directing Emotion: A Practice-based Investigation into the Challenge of Emotion in Western Performance" led me to investigate Susanna Bloch's Alba Emoting/BOS Method and introduced me to Moshe Feldenkrais and the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education.
I am now a guild certified Feldenkrais practitioner, master teacher of Alba Method (Alba Emoting Certification Level 5), and an Emotional Body Instructor. I'm a member of the Feldenkrais Guild UK, Alba Method Association (USA), and the Asociación Internacional de Profesionales Alba Emoting (AIPAE).
I regularly teach workshops internationally, in California, North Carolina, and in the UK. I have taught somatic workshops for UK drama schools including: Rose Bruford College, Drama Studio London, and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. While I began my exploration of somatic education while focusing on actor training, I enjoy sharing this work with all walks of life, and the workshops are not limited to performers. I have taught this work to psychologists, coaches, engineers, firefighters, and many curious humans!
As a theatre artist I specialise in new writing, devised work and new musical theatre. For more information on my theatre work, go to www.jessicabeck.co.uk.
The Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education
The Feldenkrais Method® offers a unique and practical way to realise our potential more fully. It is an educational method focusing on learning and movement, which can bring about improved movement and enhanced functioning. It is named after its originator, Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984), an engineer and physicist as well as a Judo teacher.
Alba Emoting & Emotional Body
The Emotional Effector Patterns, discovered by Chilean neuroscientist Susana Bloch in the 1970s, offer a concrete physical technique to recognise, access, and transform your emotional physiological states. Bloch's Alba Emoting™ and Laura Bond's Emotional Body® work both engage with learning these patterns.
Dynamic Emotional Access for Actors
Dynamic Emotional Access is my development of Brian Astbury's Emotional Access Work - psychophysical techniques to engage with character and emotion, by using under-reading and physical exercises to quickly embody text and elicit a physical emotional response from the actor. Astbury's work is the foundational basis for all of my rehearsal processes.