About Erin

Alexander Technique me helped learn how to feel better by doing less. 

While in school for acting, I was introduced to this simple, but powerful practice which helped be find balance, freedom and support in countless ways.  For years, like many people I struggled with back pain and sought external measures for relief. Through AT, I learned a different more mindful approach to life and everyday activities which reduces stress, focuses energy, and builds strength through improved coordination. ​ Because of the profound benefits, and long-lasting changes that can come about, I was compelled to become certified to teach. And now find it endlessly rewarding to see students discover improved freedom and balance. 

The actors I teach learn to manage stage fright, to more fully embody choices, to allow for deep personal connection and find improved vocal resonance.  Artists from all backgrounds seek Alexander Technique as a performance enhancement skill. Also many, students come for lessons to better sense how unconscious habits contribute to chronic pain and how to prevent them.  Rather than quick-fixing a problem, AT lessons show how to reduce and eliminate the habitual behavior that can lead to back pain, repetitive stress injuries, and strain of overuse. 

For academic and theatrical institutions:  My full resume is here

Inclusivity Statement:   ALL are welcome.  My skills serve those seeking greater embodied freedom. This includes all ages, races, cultures, genetics, body types, abilities (visible and invisible), gender identities or expressions, sexual orientations, religious beliefs, national origins, immigration and economic statuses. 
 

I am committed to promoting equity and reducing and repairing harm when it happens and have made on-going education to eradicate systemic injustice a personal mission. When mistakes are made consciously or unconsciously - such as biases, prejudices, stereotypes, microaggressions, I welcome being called-in to deepening understanding and to enacting positive change.  I stand in solidarity with all who fight for justice and am grateful to my students both past and present who inspire me to recognize the important role of self-examination in the face of social change. 

Student feedback

I have been working with Erin for almost a year. She has a great energy, a collaborative spirit, and an easy way about her technique. She has studied with masters and it shows. She has been invaluable to me as I have made the transition from school to life after. She has helped me maintain my daily practice in a time of incredible change. She's been a life saver.

-- Stuart M., actor

I just wanted to say thank you so very much for today. It felt like coming home to my body for the first time in a very long time, to be honest I got quite emotional.  It was a real pleasure to learn from you. 

-- Cam A., actor

I love working with Erin, she is a gifted Alexander teacher and acting coach. Her approach to the work is so refreshing because the basis is an awareness of one's own body. When she listens with her hands-- she allows me to become aware of what is going on with my body. It's really an incredible experience getting to study with her! Also, I think she's probably a witch. But, like the good kind. Obviously.

-- Lindsay N, actor

 

After just one lesson with Erin, the effects stayed with me for weeks! My whole body felt more open and balanced, and I was very conscious of the way I was sitting in chairs. It was uncanny.  I will definitely seek out more lessons from Erin!

--Juliana H., librarian

 

Within a couple of weeks of working with Erin I was feeling better, walking taller, and felt increased confidence. More than that, she inspired me to continue my study after she left town, which is always the sign of a great teacher.

-- Edoardo B., audiobook narrator

I loved our lessons! I went in not really knowing what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised...  I connected with it completely, mind and body. I would leave feeling happier, lighter, like walking just became so much easier. It was a fantastic experience!

-- Maddy K., singer

 

 

 

 

Conscious Coordination

The Alexander Technique with Erin O'Leary

Manhattan & Brooklyn, NY

erinoleary.at @ gmail.com

 

646-453-6545

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