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Jennifer Mackerras, Activate You Alexander Technique

Hello there!

I’ve worked in theatre as a director, education officer and arts marketer for companies including Gwent Theatre, Theatre Royal Bath and art + power. I still work freelance giving workshops in drama and storytelling for organisations as various as Bristol City Council (Learning Communities Team) and Christ Church Clifton.

I got interested in the Alexander Technique when strain-related injuries stopped me from working and enjoying activities I loved.

I couldn’t use the computer, couldn’t play recorder, couldn’t knit, couldn’t even cook. Life was pretty hard for a while.

I was astonished by the transformation the Technique was having on my entire life – and not just on my physical difficulties. So, I decided to train to become a teacher and help others make the same discoveries.

I am now resident Alexander Technique teacher for the Bristol Folk House, am a guest tutor at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, and teach for Bristol City Council. I am also a singer, and my recorder quartet called Pink Noise recently won a category at the Bristol Eisteddfod!

Key Projects

Alexander Technique Tutor, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Alexander Technique Tutor, RWCMD I taught on the Young Actors' Scheme (YAS), which is for 16-19 year olds. My class of 13 learned how the Alexander Technique not only could help their sore backs and 'funny walks', but could help them improve their dancing, their violin playing, their American football, their audition pieces. It even helped them create goals and five year plans to help them achieve the goals they'd set.

Saturday Workshop, Bristol Folk House

Saturday Workshop, Bristol Folk House