Classes

Betsy is available to visit your school, studio or theater to teach master classes. Private and small group sessions can be arranged as well. Information for teacher training is now available.

Master Classes

The Actor’s Secret Master Classes offer participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in the dynamic principles presented in the book. Taught in interactive workshops, the exercises and explorations will help develop and deepen understanding of Optimal Breathing, Suspension and Support, Performance Anxiety, Warm-up Techniques, Movement, and more. Classes are taught throughout the US, and internationally.

Current Classes

Somatic Experiencing Webinar

September 23 – worldwide – I will be doing an hour-long webinar for the Somatic Experiencing global community called, “Somatic Experiencing and the Actor’s Secret.” If you would like to take part, register here.
 

“THE ACTOR’S SECRET” – Boston ongoing

Private Individual Lessons
Individual sessions can promote transformation and rejuvenation. The sessions allow you to bring in your personal present discomfort or dilemma. As you become aware of your habitual patterns that create this condition, there is potential to stop, and inquire into.

Learn to solve mysteries in your own body. Why do I feel so tired? Why can’t I stand up for long periods of time? Why do I repeatedly injure the same body part?

Begin to unravel the “mystery.” Many habitual patterns have their deep roots in survival patterns that are no longer necessary or serving us. A gentle, hands on approach can disperse contractive muscular patterns associated with fixed body positions and identity. This, supplemented with inquiry (questions) can reveal your inherent capabilities and promote balance, wisdom, and love.

Ongoing private lessons available in the Boston and Berkshire area.
 
Contact Betsy for scheduling and pricing.


NYC – JUNE 8 & 9, 2017 – Private Lessons


Actor’s Secret Training Course Group 2

June 10 & 11


PSYCHOTHERAPY NETWORKER SYMPOSIUM in Washington, DC

March 23-26

Brene Brown and Bessel van de Kolk are two of the keynote speakers. Betsy will be presenting an all day Actor’s Secret workshop.

Schedule at a Glance


Save the date! October 27 and 28, 2017

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

“Trauma and The Performing Artist” New York City — A two day class for performing artists, (actors, directors, musicians, dancers), and the therapists who work with these artists. Sponsored in part by the Healing TREE.

Contact Betsy for more information.

 
Actors-Secret-Peter-Levine-Workshop.jpg

“THE ACTOR’S SECRET” – Introductory Class

intro-1.png

In this one or two-day group workshop, you’ll learn easy-to-use techniques for self-improvement from the book “The Actor’s Secret.” Taught by author Betsy Polatin, the workshop is open to people of all professions, and teaches some basic principles of The Alexander Technique – a practical movement-based method for self-improvement, and Somatic Experiencing – a body-based process to resolve trauma.

Through group exercises and hands-on instruction, you’ll learn to increase breathing capacity, body awareness, and techniques to change inefficient habits so that you can move with ease and speak with confidence.

This class has been taught at:

Boston University, American Repertory Theater, International Congress Of Alexander Teachers-Ireland, Riverside Initiative Training-NY, Opera Institute of Boston, Tanglewood Summer Music Festival, Boston Conservatory, New England Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, BGB Acting Studio-L.A., Australia Somatic Experiencing training, Freedom to Act Conference-NYC, Performing Arts Medicine Symposium-NYC, Newport Jazz Festival, Guildhall School of Music-London, Royal Academy of Music-London, American Society of Alexander Teachers, Accademia dell’Arte-Arezzo Italy, Ease of Being Retreat, Kin Haven Music School, WABC TV-NY, Fox News, Huffington Post, National Association of Singing Teachers, Providence College, Theater Communications Group, Harvard Coop, Screen Actor’s Guild, UMass-Lowell, Stage Source, Stonehill College, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, Sandisfield Art Center, Oxford University-UK, Cambridge Choir of England, and more.


Prepare Your Nervous System Classes – Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco

Taught by The Actor’s Secret author Betsy Polatin, this workshop presents principles of The Alexander Technique – a practical movement-based method for making new choices, and Somatic Experiencing – a body-based process to resolve trauma.

The class will focus on what happens to you when you appear on stage or set. You bring forth yourself with a thought, song, dance, or story. Something emerges from inside you to the outside environment.

What happens to you? What are your survival strategies around performance?

Through group exercises and hands-on instruction you’ll learn to practice how: to regulate your nervous system, stabilize your breathing patterns, and create comfortable movement choices.

Betsy Polatin, an internationally recognized teacher, is a Master Lecturer at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. Her background includes forty years of movement education and performance, as well as training in music, dance, yoga, meditation, and the healing arts.


She has just returned from an around the world tour, where she has presented her unique combination of work, The Actor’s Secret, which blends the Alexander Technique with Carl Stough’s Breathing Coordination principles and Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing theory of trauma. Betsy’s book, The Actor’s Secret, featured on ABC TV and Fox news, has received rave reviews, and is now a recommended textbook in many performing arts schools.

As a breathing and movement specialist, she has had numerous articles published in the Huffington Post.