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5 Acting Exercises to Improve Work Performance

Our annual event The Shakespeare Challenge is coming up, and we are getting excited! Registration has been open for about a month now and will remain open until Dec 18 2015, so time is starting to run out! We think Shakespeare is great, but did you know that performance can actually improve your performance in the office? Here are 5 easy acting exercises based off of the Alexander Technique that you can do daily at work to feel great!

1. Vocal Clarity & Power – Think of your voice as a hood that rises over your head from the nape of your neck, or as rising up from the top of your head. Just this simple shift in thought will open your voice up and give you vocal clarity and power! Keep this in mind and you’ll find it easier to project to the back of the conference room during your next presentation.

 

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2. Breathing – This one is a big one, though it’s not something we usually have to actively think about. Try focusing in on your exhale, letting it extend longer than your inhale. Inhale for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 4 seconds, and then take 8 seconds to exhale. This simple exercise will lengthen and increase the efficiency of your breaths! Having more control over your breath will help you stay calm when stressed, and will make speaking for long periods of time a little easier on your body.

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3. Posture – The way you carry yourself can affect the way that others perceive and react to you. If you’re constantly hunching your shoulders you physically appear smaller, and may send the message “I don’t deserve to take up as much space as my colleagues.” Try broadening your shoulders and chest, or elongating your neck and spine—you’ll project more confidence, and others will pick up on it.

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4. Ease of Movement – Actors are rarely standing still, so being able to move freely is important, especially during a performance, but you can take this mentality with you to the office too. Take 5-10 minutes out of your workday to stretch and move your body! Roll your neck and shoulders, bend forward and try to touch your nose to your knees, or stretch out those wrists and forearms! These exercises are easy to do at your desk and will help loosen up any stiff muscles.

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5. Feeling Grounded – This means putting both feet on the ground, trying feel each toe connecting with the floor, and bending your knees slightly. You’ll find your balance, posture, and breathing will improve with this power-stance, and your coworkers will perceive you as more confident.

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Alexander Technique info source: http://www.freeyourneck.com/acting-the-alexander-technique/

A Fun Photo Friday!

Introducing: the office antics of Shakespeare in Action!

With the school year almost done, we thought we’d share a few of the most memorable moments at the Shakespeare in Action office from the past year.

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Just imagine, if we can have this much fun in our office… how do kids and teens handle all the fun we throw at them in camp?

Register now for a guaranteed summer of fun- these testimonials say it all!

“We love Shakespeare. Thanks for the camp. It was fun. And that is the end.”
Nigel & Marielle Pynn-Coztes – Age 10 & 7

“I think its great fun, I’m more confident with everything” Jessie Marshall-Sheppard – age 8

“This camp was sweet I really enjoyed it. The costumes ruled.” Matthew Benedict – Age 10

Check out the Shakespeare Camp for Kids and Teens

Photo Friday

TGIF! Today it’s Photo Friday. Every week we’ll show you a picture of what we’re up to around our office and backstage at our productions. Today’s picture is of our newest staff member, Finn:

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He’s the cutest member of our team!

What do you think – pretty cute, right? He wants to star in our next production!

See you in the New Year!

Our bulletin board

The office is closing down until the New Year! One of the fringe benefits of having our office in a school is that we get an awesome break…but we will see you back here soon.  Until then, we leave you with this picture of our beautiful bulletin board, which previously served as an unofficial message board for students (Poor Stacey, she loves Frank, but Frank doesn’t love her!). We presume this was in the pre-Facebook era. At any rate, we wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!