The Alba Method

The Alba Method is a safe alternative to emotion memory and psychological techniques for releasing, maintaining, and controlling emotional states on the stage, as well as in other areas of your life.

When learning the Alba Method, students will identify six basic emotions, each of which has its own unique effector pattern. Through three aspects of these patterns — breathing, facial expression, and posture — a trained practitioner can leave or enter any emotional state at will. This ability brings increased emotional availability to your professional work and will enhance your overall emotional well-being.
As a master trainer of the Alba Method, Nancy Loitz provides opportunities for students of all levels to learn, develop and eventually master this powerful technique. In addition, she can help you identify and explore application of the method to both your professional and personal life. Nancy also serves as a teacher and mentor to Alba practitioners who aspire to become trainers themselves.

The Alba Method helps:

To create a SAFE alternative to emotion memory

To release, maintain, and control emotion

To work entirely through the body

With both professional and personal life

The Alba Effector Pattern Training:
  • - Is accessible. Virtually anyone can learn it.
  • - Is never forced. Respect for physical and emotional well-being is intrinsic to the work.
  • - Is student controlled. No physical or psychological manipulation by the instructor is involved in learning the technique.
  • - Enables you to recognise the muscle tensions and breathing patterns of specific emotions, and to identify and gently penetrate habituated tensions and emotional blocks.
  • - Guides you in the investigation of your own emotional being. You will learn exactly how emotion works in and through your body.
  • - Ultimately frees you to create and express genuine emotion easily on command.
  • - Develops your ability to accurately read the emotions of others.

Free Intro Session on Zoom

9th May, 7pm GMT

Not sure if you want to attend?  Sign up for our free Introductory Session via Zoom.

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In Person Classes (14 people Max)

Course A1: 15 hours
Mon 6th - Fri 10th June: 2.30pm - 5.30pm

Course A2: 15 hours
Mon 13th - Fri 17th June: 2pm - 5pm

Course A3: 15 hours
Mon 13th - Fri 17th June: 6.30pm - 9.30pm

These 5-day courses are designed for beginning and experienced students at all levels, and more than one can be taken at once. As new participants are introduced to the fundamentals of the six Emotional Effector Patterns, the more experienced students will deepen their understanding of the technique as they refine their skills. This is also a valuable course for advanced students who may aspire to be certified Alba Method teachers in the future. After completing Course A, beginning students will be prepared to explore the more advanced work covered in Course B.

Cost Each: 
£225 / £195 concessions
Any Two: £395 / £350 All Three: £575 / £500

Location:
Course A1 - Southwark Playhouse
77-85 Newington Causeway, London SE1 6BD
Course A2/A3 - London Bubble
3-5 Elephant Lane, London SE16 4JD
Course A4: 18 hours

Saturdays
11th, 18th, & 25th June:
11.30am - 2.30pm & 4pm - 7pm


This 4-day course is designed for beginning and experienced students at all levels. As new participants are introduced to the fundamentals of the six Emotional Effector Patterns, the more experienced students will deepen their understanding of the technique as they refine their skills.

This is also a valuable course for advanced students who may aspire to be certified Alba Method teachers in the future. After completing Course A, beginning students will be prepared to explore the more advanced work covered in Course B.


Cost: 
£265 / £225 concessions


Location:
London Bubble
3-5 Elephant Lane, London SE16 4JD
How many courses?
We will contact you after payment for you to tell us which courses you are attending.
Which Course?
Course B1: 15 hours - advanced
Mon 20th June - Fri 24th June:
6.30pm - 9.30pm

This advanced course is designed exclusively for students with at least 10 hours of previous training in the Alba Method before the class starts
(i.e., you can take both A1 and B1).

After a brief review of the fundamentals, we will refine technique through exploration of partner work, levels and emotional mixtures.

We will also discuss and experiment with application of the method to our professional and personal lives.

Cost (B1): 
£225 / £195 concessions

Location:
Enter Venue, Office Top Main
18 Victoria Park Square, E2 9PF
£1 Intro Sessions!

Course C1:
3 hours
Sun 5th June: 3pm - 6pm

Course C2: 3 hours
Fri 10th June: 10am - 1pm

This brief overview of the Alba Method is perfect for anyone interested in learning about the history and basic principles that are the foundation of the Alba Method, It will also serve as a review session for experienced practitioners who are unable to enroll in one of the longer courses. Continuing students will also have the opportunity to demonstrate the Emotional Effector Patterns to beginning students.

Cost: Free

Location:
Course C1 - The London Bubble
3-5 Elephant Lane, London SE16 4JD
Course C2 - Theatre Deli

2 Finsbury Avenue, London EC2M 2PF

B1 & B2 Course
C1 & C2 Course
Concessions:
for under 25s, Equity, 65+, disability, currently or recently on Universal Credit, students, etc
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For the safety of all:
participants must show proof of full vaccination against Covid-19 or medical exemption and agree to take a lateral flow test each morning.

Should anyone test positive:
their fee will be refunded on a pro-rata basis for classes they are unable to attend.

This policy will be re-evaluated in May.

Nancy Loitz

Nancy earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota, where she received the Kendrick Wilson Directing Award for her thesis production of Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander.

She is one of only a handful of certified Master Teachers of the Alba Method. She studied extensively with neurophysiologist Susana Bloch, the originator of this powerful tool.  In 1997, Nancy was one of the first two American acting teachers to be certified to train others to use the technique. She remains one of only about a dozen certified Master Teachers worldwide
Mr Neal, Deputy Head, Wilkinson Primary School
Mr Neal, Deputy Head, Wilkinson Primary School
Nancy's Website
She has taught the method in an academic setting at IWU, Augustana College and the University of Asheville. She has also introduced it to theatre professionals, coaches, lawyers, and business executives through intensive seminars throughout the United States and in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada and Italy.

Nancy served as Co-President of the Alba Method Association from 2016-2021. AMA is the international organization dedicated to the development of teaching and certification standards for teachers of the Alba Method. To learn more about the Alba Method Association, visit: www.albamethod.com
Mrs Morrison, English teacher, Purbrook Park School

More Info

The Alba Method identifies six basic emotions: anger, joy, sadness, fear, tenderness, and erotic love. These are the "primary colors" of emotion; all other emotions are blends of these. Each of the basic emotions has its own unique, identifiable set of effector patterns; emotional neutrality is also precisely patterned in the body. By establishing three aspects of these patterns—breathing, facial expression, and posture—a performer can enter and leave an emotional state at will.

The Alba Method arouses emotional response in the body through conscious application of effector patterns of breath and muscle tension organic to basic emotions. Though present in the body since infancy, these simple but precise patterns take some time to master: physical and emotional habits built up over years ingrain muscle tensions that can be challenging to penetrate. Most people experience significant release of habitual emotional tensions in the course of beginning training.
Mr Neal, Deputy Head, Wilkinson Primary School
Although originally designed for use by actors, it is becoming increasing clear that the benefits of the Alba Method extend well beyond the performing arts. Application to other fields such as psychology, healthcare and law is being explored in the United States, South America and Europe. Even beginning students of the Alba Method report an increased ability to accurately identify and label their emotional states in both their personal and professional relationships. Many have gone on to say that having this instantaneous physiological awareness of their emotional shifts has empowered them to make more conscious choices in dealing with potentially stressful or confrontational interactions. Practitioners trained in the Alba Method also demonstrate an increased ability to accurately perceive the emotional states of others, a skill commonly referred to as “emotional intelligence.”
Mr Neal, Deputy Head, Wilkinson Primary School
A typical session involves extensive physical work alternated with discussion of theory and application, technical clarifications, and sharing of experiences. Effector patterns are introduced step-by-step in exercises of just a few minutes' duration; as skills develop, exercises explore use of patterns in interaction with others and in combination with movement and text. Learning rates vary according to emotional readiness and previously developed skills in physical awareness and control. A few participants will experience genuine emotion from a pattern within the first few hours of work; most will have these experiences by midway through the course. Control develops with command of technique; expertise develops over time, with practice, exploration, and application. Finding freedom in the structure and integration with personal acting methods follows. The goal of a beginning training is to develop sufficient understanding and technical command to begin self-use, including application to acting work.
Mrs Morrison, English teacher, Purbrook Park School

Past Student Feedback

Every student through our program has been impressed by the experience and is looking forward to their next opportunity to work with Nancy.

[She}
is an open, conscientious and intelligent guide throughout the class, where one feels less like a student and more on a shared journey."
Rob WinkworthTalent Agent, The I GROUP - Southfield, Michigan
"[Nancy's] depth of knowledge, wide variety of exercises, and boundless energy every student.  It's rare to find a teacher who makes learning both fun and challenging."
Anne Dammen, Actress, Voice Artist, & LAMDA Alum
Realising that I could have control over my emotions through changes of my posture, breathing, facial expressions, muscle tension... it's added a whole new layer of 'physical' acting for me."
Dita Tantang, Actress & Advanced Actor Combatant
Nancy is an incredible teacher - knowledgeable, patient, and creatively insightful. Her Alba Method classes have had a massive impact on my abiilty to recognize the habitual patterns in my daily life and in my acting."
Stacey Mastrian, Opera Singer & Voice Teacher
"I believe there are few, if any, methods that are as simple and powerful as Alba, and I believe there are few, if any, people who teach it as well as Nancy does.

I had felt nervous to take Alba because I had heard it might be intense—yet, to my surprise, within the first few minutes of taking Nancy's class, I felt confident she was one of the best I had ever seen."
Jim Kleiber. Founder, Emotional Self Defense
Realising that I could have control over my emotions through changes of my posture, breathing, facial expressions, muscle tension... it's added a whole new layer of 'physical' acting for me."
Dita Tantang, Actor, Combatant