"The Actor's Secret"

Offering revolutionary new training for actors and performers, The Actor’s Secret introduces three powerful disciplines designed to transform your performance:

  • The Alexander Techniqueimprove ease of movement through neuromuscular reeducation

  • Breathing Coordinationchange patterns of breathing and boost breathing capacity and awareness

  • Somatic Experiencing®resolve trauma through the process of tracking bodily sensations to restore vitality and health

Developed by Betsy Polatin, a movement specialist and Master Lecturer at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, the book’s simple tools, explorations, and exercises draw on the three disciplines to help you explore your acting work, improve stage presence and vocal production, reduce performance anxiety and stress, and initiate healing and self-growth.

Many techniques and self-help books teach a new way of "doing." The secret of this book lies in "non-doing." By learning to first recognize and then suspend habitual patterns, you open the door to deeper artistic choices.


About the Author

BETSY POLATIN is a movement specialist with four decades of experience in body-mind education and performance training. She has worked with many performing artists in theater, film, and music, including such luminaries as Rashida Jones, Ginnifer Goodwin, Andre Gregory, and John Denver.

As a highly respected senior Alexander Technique educator, she pioneered a four-year Alexander curriculum for the acting conservatory program at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, where she is a Master Lecturer. A certified Breathing Coordination instructor and a Somatic Experiencing practitioner, she holds a BA in dance and an MFA in theater education. She continues to teach her work extensively, both privately and in master classes in the United States and abroad.

This is an indispensable book for people seriously interested in acting and is the most important book on acting I have read in a long time. The details and techniques discussed are very impressive and essential for the serious actor.
— Stewart F. Lane, acclaimed five-time Tony Award–winning Broadway producer, "War Horse" and "Top Hat"
The Actor’s Secret contributes to the actor’s awareness of his or her body and voice—an approach to conditioning that awakens possibilities.
— Olympia Dukakis, Academy Award– and Golden Globe–winning actress, "Moonstruck" and "Steel Magnolias"
I have often puzzled at what makes an actor believable; what really lets you enter into their character’s world. Here in The Actor’s Secret, some of those very secrets are made tangible and accessible in clear descriptive prose. By learning to become embodied—in breath, in posture, and in movement—these powerful techniques are revealed, not only to the actor, but to all of us in how we live our everyday roles—whether awkwardly and inefficiently, or comfortably with grace and flow.
— Peter A. Levine, PhD, best-selling author of "In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness" and "Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma"

Trauma in The Public Eye, London - June 25, 2019

Taught by internationally renowned trauma expert, Peter A Levine, PhD and movement, breathing and Alexander Technique master lecturer Betsy Polatin.

A one day class for performing artists, (actors, musicians, dancers), the therapists and teachers who work with these artists, and anybody else interested in Breath, Movement, and Trauma.

Contact Betsy for more information. See CLASSES page to register.


Preview of "Trauma and the Performing Artist"


The Impact of Breath, Posture, and Trauma on Performance

Teaching "the Expanded Self"

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