Blog of the Week: Spotted – Actor Lupita Nyong’o Trained in Alexander Technique

Originally posted by Elyse Shafarman on January 23, 2014 at

What’s the mark of an actor trained in the Alexander Technique?

Onstage, you don’t see the Alexander Technique.  What you do see is a fully and effortlessly realized character. Actors who learn the Alexander Technique learn how to prevent their personal habits of speech and movement from leaking into their characters.

But offstage, you might notice a marked grace.

Lupita’s Nyoung’o’s elegant posture and personal poise are readily apparent to anyone who views her on and off screen. Ms. Nyoung’o credits her ease with her new found fame to her training at Yale, which included the Alexander Technique:

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