Movement Director and Acting Coach Jean-Louis Rodrigue has taught the Alexander Technique for 35 years and is a pioneer in its application to theater and film. His unique approach to movement education and to improving actors’ performance through character movement choreography has garnered international recognition.
Most recently, Jean-Louis coached Matt Bomer in Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart for HBO and in the feature film The Nice Guys, Paul Dano as Brian Wilson in Love and Mercy, and Tobey Maguire as Bobby Fischer in Pawn Sacrifice. Previously, he coached Leonardo DiCaprio for his acclaimed performance in J. Edgar, and collaborated with director Ang Lee and screenwriter David Magee in the development of the tiger movement for the Academy Award–winning Life of Pi.
Jean-Louis also coached Scott Speedman in the award-winning Barney’s Version, Citizen Gangster, and the ABC series Last Resort. Other films for which he has coached performers include “W” with Josh Brolin, Human Nature with Patricia Arquette, Passion Fish with Mary McDonnell, The Affair of the Necklace with Hilary Swank, The Cat’s Meow with Kirsten Dunst, Seabiscuit with Elizabeth Banks, and Bee Season with Juliette Binoche. He also has worked with Sir Ian McKellen, Forest Whitaker, Luke Kirby, Martha Argerich, Herb Alpert, Helena Bonham Carter, Keanu Reeves, Tate Donovan, Julia Sweeney, Jonathan Pryce, Simon Baker, Joely Richardson, Sally Kellerman, Courtney Thorne-Smith, and JoBeth Williams.
In theater, Jean-Louis received a fellowship grant from the Montalvo Arts Center to develop and direct an adaptation of Bernhard Schlink’s bestselling novel The Reader. Most recently, he worked with Larry Moss on “Holding the Man” for the Australian Theatre Company, Chris Pine in “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” at the Mark Taper Forum, and with Rita Maffei and Larry Moss in an Italian production of Pamela Gien’s “The Syringa Tree” at the Teatro Stabile di Innovazione in Udine and at Il Piccolo Teatro di Milano, Italy. For her performance, Maffei won the Gold Medal from the president of the Italian Republic. He also worked with the original production in the Obie award–winning production of Pamela Gien’s “The Syringa Tree” directed by Larry Moss at Playhouse 91 in N.Y.
In addition, Jean-Louis coached the cast of “The Bacchae” at the Getty Villa and the circus artists of Cirque du Soleil’s “KA” at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He collaborated with director Joanna Settle and Heather Raffo in Raffo’s acclaimed play “Nine Parts of Desire” at the Geffen Playhouse and with Larry Moss on Daisy White’s Sugar. He also coached actors in Bo Eason’s “Runt of the Litter” at the 37 Arts Theater, N.Y., as well as actors at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Pasadena Playhouse, and on Broadway. He worked with artists of Cirque du Soleil in “La Nouvelle Experience” to improve their performance and prevent injury.
Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Jean-Louis began training as an actor in 1967 with Herbert Berghof at the HB Studio in New York. In 1970, he received a full scholarship to the Advanced Training Program at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where he discovered the Alexander Technique. He spent three more years training as an Alexander teacher with Frank Ottiwell and Giora Pinkas at the American Center for the Alexander Technique, also in San Francisco. He founded the Alexander program for the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, where he taught young musicians and conductors for six years.
From 1998 to 2005, he taught at the Verbier Festival and Academy, a music and theater festival in the Swiss Alps. He is currently on the faculty of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music; the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television; and the Howard Fine Acting Studio in Hollywood and in Melbourne.
Jean-Louis & Kristof Konrad founded www.alexandertechworks.com