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Harry Hobbs

Harry Hobbs
Massachusetts, USA

Teaching Young Actors: Creating a Safe Container

In this workshop we will explore challenges young actors currently face and how creating a “safe container” can help dissolve barriers to authentic self-expression.

We will explore:

  1. What is a safe container?
  2. How do you create and sustain it?
  3. What results from it?

By identifying characteristics of a safe container, this workshop will show you how to create conditions that bring out young actors’ best work.

We will also explore barriers that prevent young actors from accessing their rich emotional life. Creating a safe container may help to diminish the influence of these barriers on actors’ inner and professional lives. 

Such barriers may include: issues with overwhelm and existential crises; questions of personal, sexual, or racial identity in relation to the roles they are playing; challenges with hands-on contact and giving and receiving feedback.

We will identify the components of effective group teaching, bonding experiences and processes and demonstrate how they may lead to creating a safe and conducive learning environment. 

Learn how to support young actors in accessing their rich emotional life and responsive physicality so they can more deeply embody who they are and the roles they are playing. 

This workshop is for anyone who:

  • Teaches in a university setting
  • Works with young actors in training programs 
  • Is interested in how acting and the Alexander Technique meet 

I look forward to sharing this workshop with you!

About Harry Hobbs

A Florida native, Harry currently lives and teaches in Boston, Massachusetts. He moved to the area to attend Boston University’s School of Theater where he was first introduced to the Alexander Technique. He had the great fortune of studying the Alexander Technique for 4 consecutive years as an undergraduate with Betsy Polatin as his teacher.

After graduating and working as an actor, his interest in the Alexander Technique continued to grow and his desire to understand and embody the work compelled him to train to become a teacher. He became certified from The Alexander Technique Center at Cambridge headed by Tommy Thompson.

He primarily works with individuals who want to address pain and movement issues, but thoroughly enjoys working with artists of all kinds to deepen their level of performance. He has done postgraduate work with David Gorman, Betsy Polatin and Tommy Thompson. His current interests lie in using the Alexander Technique to inform spiritual practice, deepen our sense of self, and become more of who we truly are.


See also: Harry Hobbs – Presenter Detail Page

Tuesday, 23 August 2022
14:30 h - 15:45 h (2.30pm-3.45pm)
Main Building
Floor: EG (ground floor)
Room: H 0111

AT Principles and Procedures||Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||Practical Teaching Skills||Communication/Verbal Skills||DEI – Diversity/Equity/Inclusion



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