Spotted – Actors with Alexander Technique Training in OITNB

Spotted – Episode 8 – Orange is the New Black, the amazing Danielle Brooks (aka Taystee Jefferson) and her side kick Samira Wiley (aka Poussey) do not pull their heads back when they stand up. The classic tell that they’ve had Alexander Technique lessons.

I knew it! But, how else would I know?

Actors with Alexander Technique training are usually marked by an invisible/visible quality of ease. They move naturally. The voice is not strained. They have the flexibility to portray characters that do not match their physical type. Like Danielle Brooks, artistic expression flows easily – fresh, fluent and deep.

Google confirms that Danielle and Samira are graduates of Julliard, where acting students get four full years of Alexander Technique.