2019 AmSAT Annual Conference and General Meeting
 
 
Alexander Farkas
Alex Farkas is a musician (pianist) and is currently on the faculty of the Conservatory of Music, Bard College. He previously taught at the Hartt School, University of Hartford. Since completing his teacher training in London (UK) Alex has maintained his overseas contacts and has continued to teach in London, York and elsewhere in Europe, notably in Basel, Switzerland where he has collaborated with Amandine Beyer and her class of baroque violin students at the Schola Cantorum of the Musikhochschule. He is also a guest teacher at Odyssee Gaveau's training course in Paris and at the AT training course in Freiburg, Germany. Alex also maintains a teaching studio in New York City and offers lessons there on Thursdays.
 
Alice Olsher

After training with Walter and Dilys Carrington, Alice Olsher has taught the Alexander Technique in the U.K. and the U.S.A. for nearly 30 years – including 15 years with the Carringtons. Trained as a vocal and dramatic performer since childhood, Alice has taught workshops, group classes and private lessons for musicians and orchestras. Alice is now the Director of her teacher training course, ATTTiSD, in San Diego, doing post grad work for teachers and is a visiting teacher in London. She enjoys the stillness the work gives her and her students, whether they be musicians, children, teens, engineers or trainees.

 
Allyna Steinberg

Allyna Steinberg (AlexanderTechniqueForLiving.com) co-founded the Alexander Technique Diversity Coalition with a racially-diverse group of Alexander teachers with the aim of creating spaces for critical dialogue and action in order to strengthen the Alexander Technique profession. Allyna has been studying the Alexander Technique since 2001 when it was recommended to her by an orthopedist from Mount Sinai Medical Center.  She completed her teacher training with Ann Rodiger at the Balance Arts Center in NYC in 2015.  She also holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and has over 20 years of experience supporting communities, youth and families to improve their health.  Allyna teaches the Alexander Technique via the NYC Health Department’s Worksite Wellness program and teaches privately in NYC and the Hudson Valley, NY.  She has been dancing salsa for nearly as long as she’s been studying the Alexander Technique, taking her first classes in Spanish in Mexico in 2003, and then continued in NYC with Almyra Ayos, Anya Fuchs, Carlos Konig, Joe Burgos (Piel Canela), Lisa Allen and others.

 
Anastasia Pridlides
 
Andrea Bruno
Andrea Bruno first learned about the Alexander Technique in 1975. Returning to the practice more formally in 2007 she began her studies to teach with The Philadlephia School of The Alexander Technique. In 2015 she founded a program in the technique within the Veterans Administration and is now part of an expanding program in alternative practices for veterans with chronic pain. Her personal practices include meditation, and yoga for over 40 years and her continuing education includes the completion of a 3 year program at the PA Gestalt Center for Psychotherapy and Training in 2018. She is a pro amateur flutist, and an advid whitewater kayaker and downhill skier. You can study with Andrea in Swarthmore, Philadelphia, Wyndmoor and through Katrin Elia Yoga in Bryn Mawr.
 
Angeline LeLeux-Bajzek
Angeline LeLeux trained at the Center for the Alexander Technique in Menlo Park, CA with Ed and Linda Avak and has been an AmSAT Certified Teacher since 2001. She teaches private lessons at her home near downtown Tulsa as well as classes and movement workshops through Tulsa Community College's Visual and Performing Arts Department and the University of Tulsa School of Music. Angeline also holds a bachelor's degree in piano performance and a master's in piano pedagogy and teaches class and private piano lessons at Tulsa Community College Southeast.
 
Ann Rodiger
Ann Rodiger is the founder and director of the Balance Arts Center and the Balance Arts Center Teacher Training Course. She has been teaching the Alexander Technique and movement for over 35 years in academic and private settings. She is skilled in Labanotation, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Yoga, meditation, and various dance techniques. She maintains private practices in New York City, Berlin and Antwerp, Belgium. She has been on the faculty of Opera Summer programs in Tel Aviv, Antwerp, and Berlin. She is the creator and producer of the Freedom to Move, and co-creator of the Freedom to Act and Freedom to Make Music conferences. She has published a book, How To Sit: Your Body at Work. Carol Boggs and Ann have presented this work at the 2016 ACGM, and led a day-long workshop for teachers at the Balance Arts Center.
 
Anne Johnson
Anne Johnson (MAmSAT) is a teacher of the Alexander Technique as well as a practicing artist who holds a BFA in painting. For the last 20 years she has used Alexander’s principles in the creative process, facilitating clearer, freer, and more dynamic personal expression for herself and her students. Anne believes the Alexander Technique is at the heart of all we do. She currently teaches AT at the Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University, as well as in her private practice. She has given workshops integrating creativity with the Alexander Technique in the M.F.A. Creative Writing program at Rosemont College, in the Art Department at Swarthmore College and to Women in Design at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She has also been a guest teacher in teacher training programs in Japan, Ireland and the United States.
 
Anne Shivas
Anne Shivas is a Scottish poet, educator and teacher of the Alexander Technique. Her first collection of poetry, Whit Grace, was published by Word Poetry (2017). Her poems have appeared in various journals and anthologies including Across Borders, Causeway, Northwords Now, Lallans, Voices Israel, Determinations 2, Inspired, Get Writing, Osher Anthology 2016 and From the Lighthouse. She won second prize in the Reuben Rose competition 1994, was runner-up in the 2006 National Galleries of Scotland competition and winner of the 2016 Tyne and Esk Writer of the Year poetry section. Her poem An Old Woman Cooking Eggs was chosen by the Scottish Poetry Library as one of the 20 Best Scottish Poems of 2017. Shivas was born in Aberdeen, Scotland and raised in Edinburgh. She earned a B.Ed (Hons) from Dunfermline College, Edinburgh, an M.A in Philosophy of Education from London University where she also did graduate work on Dance and Philosophy, and an MFA in Poetry from Drew University, NJ. She taught for several years in various schools, at London University, and most recently has taught Scottish literature and poetry through the Osher at Dartmouth program at Dartmouth College. She is also a teacher of the Alexander Technique, with an interest in Analytical Psychology, and has an office Norwich, Vermont. Anne divides her time between Norwich, Vermont and North Berwick, Scotland with her husband, retired dermatologist, Sid Klaus, and their two dogs.
 
Anne Holmes Waxman
Anne Holmes Waxman completed her training from the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) in 1984. She maintains a private practice in NYC and is on the faculty of the William Esper School and the Riverside Initiative of the Alexander Technique (RIAT).
 
Ariel Carson
Ariel Carson M.AmSAT, SEP, is based in New York City. She is an Associate Director and faculty member at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique. She received her teaching certification through Alexander Technique New York City (ATNYC), headed by John Nicholls and Nanette Walsh. She became a certified Somatic Experiencing practitioner in 2017. She has worked with students at The Juilliard School, and taught at Boston University where she earned her BFA. Ariel previously worked as a teaching artist for the Leadership Program, teaching leadership skills through the arts to underserved students in New York City public schools. She also enjoys working with U.S. veterans, activists, performers, social workers, and the LGBTQ+ community.
 
Barbara Curialle

A native New Yorker, I hold a bachelor of arts degree in social sciences and music (double major) from Fordham University, as well as a bachelor of music (piano) from Manhattan School of Music. I discovered Alexander Technique relatively late in life, graduating from ACAT in 2009. I’m also certified to teach Malcolm Balk’s The Art of Running. I’ve taught people with back pain, musicians, and runners. AT has helped me recover from my own lumbar and cervical spine operations and has brought a joyful forward and up to all my activities.

 
Barbara Kent
Barbara trained at ACAT-NY with Judy Leibowitz and Debby Caplan, and was certified in 1971. She was Director of ACAT's Teacher Certification for a number of years, and a member of the Senior Faculty until moving to Vermont in 2015. Barbara studied singing at The Juilliard School of Music, received her MA in music from Brooklyn College, and sang professionally for many years. She frequently presents at National and International Conferences and perodically offers Post Certification classes at ACAT. Her Alexander work has been enriched by her Certification in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method and her studies of Breathing Coordination with Carl Stough. She had an active private practice in New York for 45 years and is now teaching in Middlebury, Vermont.
 
Beth Robinson
Beth Robinson is a cellist, cello teacher, and contra dance caller. She graduated from the Montreal Alexander Technique Teacher Training School in 2004. Beth teaches the Alexander Technique in a variety of venues, including SUNY Potsdam Theatre and Dance and Department, Crane School of Music, Trillium Wellness Center, The Dance Flurry Festival, and Maine Fiddle Camp.
 
Bill Connington
Bill Connington is the former chairman of the board of the American Center for the Alexander Technique, and author of the book 'Physical Expression on Stage and Screen' (Methuen Drama). He currently teaches at Yale School of Drama and has previously taught at The Juilliard School, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Mannes School of Music. He is an award-winning actor and writer. For information on the book: https://www.amazon.com/Physical-Expression-Stage-Screen-Unforgettable/dp/1408182645/
 
Caren Bayer
Caren Bayer was the director of Manhattan Center for the Alexander Technique, which certified teachers from 2001-2014. She received her certification in London from Patrick MacDonald in1984 and since then, has maintained a private practice in New York City as well as teaching workshops internationally. She has been on the faculty of Pacific College for Oriental Medicine and currently has a teaching affiliation with the New School for Social Research. As a former dancer and longtime student of the martial arts, Caren brings 30 years of movement research to her teaching.
 
Carol Boggs
Carol Boggs has had a private practice teaching the AT since 1980. For the past five years she has worked with Ann Rodiger and Ed Bouchard in developing an AT teacher competence assessment tool. She has also teamed with Ann Rodiger in developing a post graduate training for AT teachers focused on AT for the hypermobile student including working with those living with EDS. Carol has a strong movement/dance background with undergraduate and graduate degrees, and is a certified Laban Movement Analyst.
 
Carolyn Serota

Carolyn  Serota has been teaching the Alexander Technique in the Drama Division of the Juilliard  School since 1990.  After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, she performed and taught dance and movement before training as an Alexander teacher at The American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) under Judith Leibowitz and Barbara Kent.  She received her Teacher Certification in 1987. She was a member of the ACAT Teacher Training faculty 1989-92; the Chautauqua Conservatory Theater faculty 1994-95; and the Actors Centre faculty 1997-98.  Continuing education includes annual visits 1990-99 to the Center for Constructive Teaching in London to study with Walter Carrington;  certifications in " The Carrington Way of Working" with John Nicholls  and "The Art of Breathing" with Jessica Wolf.

During her 29 years in the Drama Division Carolyn has investigated the application of the Alexander Technique to acting.  She has been exploring its integration into the actor's process from the organization and preparation of the self as an instrument to its use as a tool for character transformation and embodiment.  She has joined with many directors at Juilliard to explore the role of the AT in the rehearsal and performance process.  She has an ongoing collaboration with her husband, director and acting teacher Richard Feldman;  together, in addition to their work on numerous productions, they have presented workshops on various aspects of the intersection and integration of acting and the Alexander Technique at the annual Freedom to Act Conference in New York City.

 
Charlotte Okie

Charlotte Okie received her BA from Oberlin College. She trained at ACAT, graduating in 1987. She was an assistant teacher in the training program there from 1989 - 1992.

In Hong Kong from 1992-1995,she taught privately as well as at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Hong Kong University, and other community organizations.

She has been in private practice in Westchester County NY since 1998.

She taught in the BFA Acting program at NYU from 2012-2014. Adjunct teacher at Juilliard since 2008, she joined the Drama faculty in 2014.

 
Christine Caleo
Responsibilities at The Juilliard School include Individual Alexander Technique tutorials for first through fourth year students. Alexander coach for productions, leading performance warmups, participating in faculty discussions, student reviews, faculty retreats, and auditions assisting second and third year classes each spring term and teaching full time as needed.
 
Curriculum includes: all Alexander principals as well as breathing and voice work, energy work, character transformation, contemporary and period movement, and ensemble building. Alexander Coach for: First year Projects New-playwrights’ Projects 2nd year Shakespeare Repertory 3rd year Shakespeare Repertory - Main Stage 4th year Main Stage
 
 
Chyna Whyne
Recognising the potential to help other women, Chyna studied the Alexander Technique in depth for three years and saw the benefits it also offered for successfully wearing high heels for long periods of time. Now as a fully accredited teacher of the world renowned technique, and known as the High Heels Guru, Chyna has featured on GMTV, Britain’s Next Top Model, in print within The Telegraph, Daily Express, Glamour, Red and the Daily Mail, regularly sharing her insights and she has gone on to teach thousands of women worldwide.
 
The proud author of Master the Art of Wearing High Heels, Chyna is changing lives for the better and now training her very own Chyna Dolls, an army of women keen to impart her successful techniques to others across the globe.
 
 
Claire Rechnitzer
Claire Rechnitzer, M. AmSAT, has been teaching private and group lessons in Cincinnati since 2008. Self-use has been a topic of concern and continual investigation throughout her decades-long career as a jeweler and gemologist, arts instructor, parent and adherent of democratic schooling. Further information at www.alexandertechniquecincinnati.com
 
Clare Maxwell
Clare Maxwell is a movement educator and Alexander Technique teacher based in NYC. She worked with two Bessie award winning choreographers during her 30 year career in experimental dance, toured her own work in the US and in Europe, and certified as a teacher of the Alexander Technique at ACAT/NYC and The Art of Breathing with Jessica Wolf. Clare created a full curriculum for actors during her five years on the faculty of the William Esper Acting Studio, and is currently developing a body mapping practice that follows the evolution and structure of our central nervous system.
 
Constance Clare-Newman
Constance Clare-Newman is certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). With a first career in training dressage horses and riders and a second career in performing and teaching modern dance, she is well acquainted with the needs of athletes and performers. She recovered from chronic back pain and injuries with the help of the Alexander Technique. During her career in Dressage, she competed at FEI-levels, (Federation Equestrian International) in the United States and Europe. As a dancer, she performed professionally and taught with Anne Bluethenthal & Dancers, Purple Moon Dance Project, Westwind Folk Ensemble and Ruth Botchan Dance Company. In 2001, Constance completed a three-year Alexander training program in San Francisco with Frank Ottiwell, (1800 hours of study) and has continued her study with master teachers over the world. She is most influenced by Bob Britton, Giora Pinkas, Jerry Sontag, Yehuda Kuperman, Anne Bluethenthal, Tommy Thompson, Pedro de Alcantara, Jessica Wolf and Glenna Batson. Constance’s teaching is informed by all the disciplines she has studied and her continuing education and exploration in somatic methods such as Continuum, Body-Mind Centering, experiential anatomy, trauma work and consciousness studies. Constance has a private practice in Cape Cod, Massachusetts in the summers and in Palm Springs, CA in the winters and travels to give specialized workshops for performers and equestrians.
 
Dan Cayer
Dan Cayer is a teacher and writer in New York City, trained in both the Alexander Technique and meditation. After developing a life-changing injury at 25 years old, he trained at ACAT. He now leads retreats and workshops on how illness and pain offer an unexpected opportunity to live in the present, drop habits of self-aggression, and heal our lifelong discomfort with ourselves. He is finishing a book on how to cultivate openness and kindness during difficult times, called Don't Get Better. He is also a certified Shaw Method instructor.
 
Darryl Aiken

Darryl Aiken-Afam, the creator of the Ambient Noise/Contact and Conversation racism reduction programs, is a practitioner of Taoist and Zen based meditation, yoga, and martial arts practices for over 25 years. He’s also a certified shiatsu practitioner and personal trainer. He’s worked with collegiate, professional and Olympic athletes, as well as celebrities like Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon. He holds an Associates degree in engineering, a Bachelors in general psychology and a Masters in Leadership Psychology, the latter two from Penn State University.


Darryl has also lectured at The University of Illinois Chicago, Northwestern University, the Silver School of Social Work at NYU, and at Mount Sinai Hospital to professional therapists of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, on topics including holistic self-care, movement and energy in sports performance, and mindfulness-based racism reduction.

While finishing his undergrad degree in psychology at Penn State University, Darryl Aiken-Afam formulated the Ambient Noise approach of reducing the effects of racist socio-cultural conditioning on individuals by tapping into and exposing the mental schemas (mind memes) that perpetuate institutional and personal racism in America. By blending his knowledge and experience in Western psychology, Eastern psychology, Taoist meditative and healing practices, and Meridian Touch Yoga, he was able to create a highly effective and easily accessible pathway to having the difficult conversations and dealing with the complex emotions that arise when it comes to challenging racism and developing diverse and inclusive spaces and institutions. As a black man who has been profiled multiple times by police being in fear for his life, and seeing so many people of color murdered by police and other “authorities” with guns in the news, Darryl was inspired to create the Ambient Noise method when his heart screamed “No more!” at the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012.
 
Daryl Joyce
Daryl Joyce STAT qualified as an Alexander Technique Teacher at The Constructive Teaching Centre in London, England in 2008. He was born and raised in the English capital where he still lives, and runs a private practice from his home as well as teaching in The City of London and running workshops at The City Lit College in Holborn which is a centre of excellence for Deaf Education and AT. Prior to AT, he had a background as an IT project manager and was in NHS senior management when he decided to leave it all behind to train. He is a level III British Sign Language (BSL) signer and a qualified lipreading tutor holding a qualification in adult education. He utilises the experience of his own hearing loss to help others in similar situations to learn the AT.
 
Davian Robinson

When he was born premature, doctors told his mom he wouldn’t make it through the night. But Davian Robinson has been defying the odds ever since. Because of a condition, Davian gradually lost his sight during childhood, but it did not stop him from becoming a national champion Paralympic cyclist, being a dance major at UNC-Charlotte and taking up sky diving as his new hobby.

Since arriving on the UNC Charlotte campus, senior Davian Robinson – along with his seeing-eye dog Charlie – has made the most of his opportunities. For many individuals living with visual impairment, their disability can define their lives. But Davian sees things differently. He chooses to embrace his disability as more of a gift, granting him a new lease on life and a unique perspective on the art of dance.

Now a double major in dance and exercise science, Davian has found a home in the University’s Department of Dance. A home that has embraced his visual impairment and allowed him to realize that while most dancers focus on outer beauty, true artistic expression is allowing one’s inner being to shine through outward expression.

“UNC Charlotte has been a perfect fit for me, especially as a first-generation college student with a disability. The support from the University to foster a sense of inclusiveness and the willingness of the faculty in the Dance Department to develop strategies to bring me into the classroom as a hands-on, auditory learner, it’s given me a one-of-a-kind experience that I truly look forward to every day.”

Fueled by his passion for dance and a desire to inspire, Davian is breaking down barriers in dance while working to empower, inspire and motivate others.

He’s choreographing a piece for a student dance organization where he’s blindfolding his dancers in order to facilitate a sense of pure expression. Additionally, he’s developing a workshop focused on “sensory beyond vision,” where he’s working with dance faculty and students to learn how to better use their bodies in space without vision.

“I live with a ‘never quit’ mentality. Never quit, never give up, and never give in to life’s challenges but be willing and ready to say yes. When you do that, life becomes easy. If I can empower, inspire and motivate individuals to be the best version of themselves, then I’ve succeeded.”  Davian seeks out ways to inspire and never quit trying new things and pushing the boundary of inclusiveness.

 
Diane Gaary
Diane Gaary teaches speaking voice, dialects, and movement and has a particular interest in how body use affects the speaking and singing voice. With a BA in Theatre and English from Smith College and an MFA in Acting from The University of Virginia, Diane has teacher certification from The American Society of the Alexander Technique (AMSAT) and the Lessac Institute for Voice and Body Training, as well as practitioner certification from the Feldenkrais Guild of North America®. She is currently an Estill™ Voice Master Teacher Candidate. Diane’s training also includes classical singing, numerous theatrical voice and speech techniques, and speech pathology, which she studied at the master’s level at the University of Virginia. She on the faculty of Temple University and Arcadia University, teaches regularly at Westminster Choir College, and has taught classes and workshops at institutions such as the University of Florida, Longwood College, Swarthmore College, Graceland College, Beaver College, Widner University, and Villanova University. Diane maintains a private studio in Philadelphia. Her students have performed extensively on Broadway and in Regional Theatre, in film and television, and in major opera houses such as The Metropolitan Opera, The New York City Opera, and La Scalla.
 
Ed Bouchard
Ed has over 30 years’ experience teaching private, individual AT lessons, group AT classes, and academic classes in learning how to use the moving body effectively in all manner of tasks. Ed is also a science writer and a musician. He is an author and editor of books on the Alexander Technique, cognitive strategy learning theory and practice, and psychophysical measurement. Currently, he is writing a biography of Ben Wright, a University of Chicago scientist. He plays accordion in Klezmer, Brazilian, and Gypsy jazz ensembles. With long-standing interest in intersections between art and science, Ed finds Alexander lessons help us navigate move and perform with greater ease, mastery, without pain — and contributes to creativity and expressiveness. Ed is a co-founder of the American Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). He earned an Alexander teacher certification under the direction of Goddard Binkley, and an MPH Occupational and Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was a recipient of a NIOSH Fellowship in Health and Safety.
 
Eleanor Taylor
Eleanor Taylor is on the Musical Theatre faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, and maintains a private studio in Manhattan, where she teaches actors and singers to improve performance and prevent injury using the Alexander Technique. She has taught at Respiro Opera and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and holds B.M./M.M. degrees in vocal performance from New England Conservatory and the University of Minnesota. She graduated from ATNYC in 2014.
 
Elyse Shafarman
Elyse Shafarman holds a Master’s degree in Physiological Psychology (2003) and Alexander Technique Teacher Certification from Frank Ottiwell (2003). Elyse is faculty at American Conservatory Theater’s MFA program, Berkeley Rep School of Theater and SFSU's Institute of Holistic Healing. She maintains a private Alexander Technique practice in San Francisco and Berkeley. Her background as a modern dancer and training in psychology, yoga, and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction influence her approach to teaching. She writes regularly about Mind Body Connections on her blog: https://www.bodyproject.us/blog-body-project/
 
Emily Faulkner
Emily Faulkner has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1999 (ACAT) and is a faculty member at RIAT, the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique in NYC. Faulkner is a faculty member at Movement Research, internationally recognized as one of the most highly respected centers for experimental dance. Her field of specialty there is the application of the Alexander Technique to improvisation. As the artistic director of Emily Faulkner Dance, she has shown her work nationally and internationally, including such venues as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Santa Cruz Dance Festival, and Performance Mix Festival through New Dance Alliance. She also teaches a yearly workshop in interview and presentation skills at the Dauphine in Paris and for the English speaking debate Club at the Jussieu. Faulkner has expanded the usual reach of the Alexander Technique practice by working with blind and visually impaired students at the Lighthouse Guild and by acting as the movement coach for a free youth basketball league called Steady Buckets which attracts racially diverse kids from a broad range of economic backgrounds from all over the city.
 
Erin O'Leary
Erin O’Leary teaches the Alexander Technique primarily to actors in New York City, privately as well as at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Juilliard School, Drama Division. She trained at ATNYC with John Nicholls & Nanette Walsh, certifying in 2013. She has a background in acting, earning an MFA from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, which began with playing games.
 
Evangeline Benedetti
Evangeline Benedetti In 1967, Evangeline Benedetti was invited by Leonard Bernstein to become a member of the New York Philharmonic, its first female cellist & second tenured woman. She remained an integral member for 44 years, during which time she played in nearly 8000 concerts, 200 premieres & participated in countless recordings & television productions. Shortly after joining the Philharmonic, Benedetti became a dedicated student and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Her commitment to the concepts of this study have become a keystone to her teaching and playing, providing a path for pain free playing and artistic freedom to more easily communicate the musical message. Benedetti has toured the world many times over & played alongside the world’s greatest instrumental and vocal soloists. Her work with celebrated conductors makes her a valuable resource for students, emerging pro¬fessionals, & professional players. Benedetti gave her New York solo recital debut to rave reviews, with the New York Times calling her approach to playing “strikingly similar to Casals,” praising her “technical capacity,” her “big, vibrant tone,” & her “enormous communicativeness.” Benedetti is on the faculty of the iClassical Academy, an innovative master class resource, and her teaching is featured on Medici.TV. She served for twenty years on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music & has given master classes in North Korea, Japan, & China & at Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, & Mannes, the New School for Music, as well as the San Diego Symphony. Benedetti is the author of Cello, Bow and You: Putting It All Together published by Oxford University Press, 2017
 
Fabio Tavares
Fabio Tavares is a Brazilian actor, dancer and acrobat who’s been obsessed with the human body in action for as long as he can remember. At the age of 15, Fabio ran away to join the circus in his native Brazil in what turned out to be the beginning of a lifelong career performing and studying movement. After moving to NYC in 1999 Fabio began studying the Alexander Technique, Klein Technique™️ and Zero Balancing more regularly, eventually getting certified in all of three modalities. In addition to creating and performing his own original work, Fabio has also danced, performed and collaborated with many incredible artists over the years. He also worked with the worldly renowned dance company STREB- Extreme Action for 14 years where he served as the Associate Artistic Director for a decade. The demanding, high-impact nature of the STREB choreography led Fabio to an even deeper appreciation of Alexander Technique to keep his spine flexible and his joints somewhat free. Fabio was an adjunct professor at PACE University 2014 - 2017. Fabio’s personal mission is to make AT accessible to all, especially those struggling with physical pain, the LGBT Community and folks in recovery for drugs and alcohol.
 
Frances Marsden
Frances trained as an Alexander teacher at the Constructive Teaching Center in London with Walter and Dilys Carrington and has been teaching for thirty five years. She completed two years postgraduate work at the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique, directed by Joan and Alex Murray. Prior to her Alexander training, Frances studied acting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Glasgow. She is a member of the faculty and Board of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. She has taught at University of Southern California and California State University at Los Angeles and currently teaches at Occidental College. She also teaches at the Shakespeare Summer Institute, the Claremont Clarinet Festival and Alexander Technique Workshops-International. She maintains a private practice in Pasadena, California. Frances gave the F M Alexander Memorial Address at the 2018 ACGM.
 
Gitte Fjordbo

Gitte Fjordbo’s diverse interdisciplinary background and training is traditional as well as complimentary. She began her personal and professional journey in the field of Rehabilitation at the age of 18 following a serious car accident. She received her MA degree from the University of Copenhagen (1982-94) with a double Major in Audiologopedics and the Alexander Technique, the first of its kind in the world, since the Technique had its own separate and University-accepted syllabus. Gitte wrote two theses for this double Major degree. Both theses evolved around ‘early’ or ‘primitive’ reflexes.. and their influence on our Development. One looked esp. at ‘Habit’ : “On the Development of Habit – from the viewpoint of the Alexander Technique and early neuromotor patterns of development” (available as a book). And the other looked at ‘motor development’ and ‘communication skills’ : “Why we have to Crawl... - On Human Development; motor and communicative skills – aberrations and inter-connections”. - Gitte was certified as a teacher of the Technique from the Constructive Teaching Centre, London, in 1992. She has worked in the field of Transpersonal Psychology since 1989. The field of Energy Medicine has been an interest and a part of her work for many years. Gitte is a trained and well-practised Neuro-developmental Therapist and had worked as a practitioner of Johansen Individualized Auditory Stimulation (a sound therapy). She is certified as a Philosophical Counsellor, rooted in a Soul-based psychology, and a certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Gitte is currently in training as a Naked Voice-Facilitator with Chloë Goodchild. - Gitte’s work is an amalgam of all these different dimensions and technologies and she has recently named her work.. ‘The Tao of Flow’™.

Gitte has given lectures at AT-congresses: in Jerusalem in 1996: “An Inter-disciplinary Approach to the Alexander Technique..” and a Special Lecture in Lugano in 2011 : “When Conscious Control is NOT an option.. and the Right Thing does NOT do itself..”.


Gifted with many insights into the field of human potential, Gitte's work is expansive. In true transpersonal style hers is an approach of 'and-and-and...' – rather than ‘and-or..'. She brings it ALL to the ACGM!

 
Hagit Berdishevsky PT, DPT

Hagit Berdishevsky, PT, DPT, Cert. McKenzie (MDT), Schroth-BSPTS Educator, is Director of Clinical Academic Research with Columbia Orthopedics at Columbia University Medical Center, Chair of the Education Committee of the International Society on Scoliosis Orthopoedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT), owner of the Scoliosis and Spine Physical Therapy Clinic in New York City and the co-founder of the first Scoliosis and Spine Online Learning center (SSOL).

She specializes in scoliosis and spine rehabilitation including back and neck pain for non-operative, pre-operative and post-operative patients of all ages. Dr. Berdishevsky graduated in 1998 from the Wingate Institute’s Physical Education and Sports Science Program in Israel with a specialty in Postural Defects Cultivation. She received her Master’s degree in physical therapy from Hunter College, part of the City University of New York, in 2005, and her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from St. Augustine University (Florida) in 2013, specializing in sports rehabilitation. She worked for 10 years at the Hospital for Special Surgery as an Advanced Clinician. In 2009 Dr. Berdishevsky became certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT) by the McKenzie institute. She was certified as a Schroth scoliosis therapist by the Asklepios Katherina-Schroth Clinic in Germany in 2009 and by the Barcelona Scoliosis Physical Therapy School (BSPTS) in Spain in 2011. Hagit became a teacher trainer for BSPTS in 2013. She regularly presents to therapists, surgeons and physiatrists on the Schroth Method, osteoporosis and core stabilization. In addition to the basic and advanced courses she offers to train physical therapists in the Schroth Method, she has co-developed and co-teaches Pilates Adaptation for People with Scoliosis and Integrated Wisdom: Yoga Adaptation for People with Scoliosis. She regularly lectures on the topics of scoliosis, spine care, osteoporosis and core stability at conferences and to community groups.  Based in New York City, Dr. Berdishevsky teaches and lectures throughout the United States and Internationally.

 

International Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Treatment - Chair of Education

Committee

Faculty - Schroth-Barcelona Institute http://www.schroth-barcelonainstitute.com

Columbia University Medical Center/Columbia Orthopedics: Director of Clinical Academic Research

Owner - SchrothNYC Clinic  http://www.schrothnyc.com

For Scoliosis Schroth Courses visit: http://www.schroth-barcelonainstitute.com

 
Heather Gardner
Heather Gardner is a soprano living, working and teaching in the Philadelphia and New York City areas. She specializes in singing 20th and 21st century works though she is equally comfortable singing Brahms, Mozart or Bach. She holds a Master’s degree in vocal performance from Rutgers University and a Bachelor’s degree in viola performance from the Eastman School of Music, where she also studied violin and voice. She has performed extensively with a variety of groups, including Alarm Will Sound, The Albany Symphony Orchestra, SFSound, the Dogs of Desire, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, the Society for Ancient Instruments, and Z-ensemble. As a violist, Heather has held positions with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra and has freelanced extensively both in California and New York State. Heather’s current projects include producing and performing a touring recital of vocal music by Brahms, Stravinsky, Kapralova, Wadsworth and Saariaho as well as starting a new music series in Fresno called Proxima which will have its debut concert in February, 2019 featuring music by Ivanova, Froelich, Zohn-Muldoon and Clearfield. Heather is also an AmSAT certified instructor of the Alexander Technique and maintains a teaching studio in New York City, where she assists on the Balance Arts Center Teacher Training Course, and Philadelphia where she teaches voice and Alexander Technique lessons. She is currently developing a new blog with Jessica Goldring called Whispering Ah which will be devoted to discussing singing and the Alexander Technique.
 
Heidi Leathwood
Heidi Leathwood, MM, DMA, M. AmSAT, has worked over the past 23 years with hundreds of musicians, from amateurs and serious students, to symphony musicians, opera singers, international concert artists, and successful rock and folk musicians. She also has enjoyed working with many children and teenagers. She has twice presented classes on performance at the national AmSAT ACGM, taught workshops at the International Horn Symposium and the International ClarinetFest, and was a panelist on Enlightened Keyboard Technique for the 21st Century at the Convention of the Music Teachers National Association. A musician herself with a doctoral degree in piano and an ongoing performance and recording career, Heidi has a keen interest in how the Alexander Technique can be applied psychophysically, both to practice and performance. She has explored this topic extensively, both in work on herself and in her teaching. Dr. Leathwood founded the Alexander Technique program at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. She is Director of Training at Alexander Technique Denver, a teacher-training course. She maintains a private practice, and travels to perform and present workshops.
 
Hope Martin
Hope Martin has taught the Alexander Technique for 30 years, trains Alexander teachers at the American Center for the Alexander Technique and operates Hope Martin Studio in New York City. She is a meditation instructor and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and a Focusing trainer. Hope is a close student of Pema Chodron and has been her cook and attendant for 25 years.
 
James French
James French is a research assistant and teaching assistant at the Dimon Institute in New York City. He is a 2016 graduate of the Institute’s teacher training program, and has studied continuously with Ted Dimon since 2013. His research at the Institute focuses on producing physiological descriptions of the primary control.
 
Jane Kosminsky

Jane Kosminsky has had an extensive career as a dancer. She was a member of the May O’Donnell and Tamiris-Nagrin companies, a soloist with the Norman Walker Dance Company (1960-1965) and the Paul Taylor Dance Company (1965-1971). In 1971, she became Co-Artistic Director (with Bruce Becker) and Principal Dancer of 5 by 2 Dance Company and 5 by 2 Plus, a modern dance repertory company (1971-1982), one of the first three modern dance repertory companies in the United States. Jane was one of the first people to restage Paul Taylor’s work and restaged his Aureole for productions of Nureyev and Friends. She also appeared as Mr. Nureyev’s partner in Paris (1974), London (1976), and Madrid (1978). In 1986, she became the Director of Dance at the 92nd Street Y and created the programs Fridays at Noon, a free event that celebrates the work of emerging and established choreographers, and Space Grants, which provides subsidized rehearsal space, both of which still exist today. In 2014, Jane founded Great Circle Productions, Inc., a nonprofit organization for support and development of projects in the arts.

Jane has served on the faculties of the American Center for Alexander Technique (1986-1994) and The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre (1988-2012). She was a member of The Juilliard School Drama Faculty (1971-1986) and has been a member of the Dance Faculty since 1986. Through her organization, The Balance of Well-being, Jane has developed and produced three pioneer DVDs about the Alexander Technique, which are sold online and through select distributors. She is a graduate and dance award winner of the School of Performing Arts in New York City. Jane received her B.A. in Language and Literature from City College of New York and is a graduate of The American Center for the Alexander Technique.

Most recently, Jane was awarded the Jullliard President’s Medal which is “bestowed upon individuals who have made an indelible impact on the arts and have served as significant role models both at Juilliard and in the broader performing arts community.”

 
Jean McClelland
Jean McClelland graduated from Vassar College, did graduate study at Boston University in opera and voice performance, and was certified by AmSAT and ACAT in 1991. As a performer, Jean has appeared in the Broadway production of Camelot and has played leading roles in numerous musicals and operas including The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, Show Boat, The Marriage of Figaro, A Little Night Music, The Pirates of Penzance, Silk Stockings, The Boy Friend, and The Gondoliers. In addition to private teaching, Jean has been a member of the faculty of the New York Open Center since 1986 and a visiting guest artist in the music department at William Paterson University since 1992. She has given workshops at drama and music schools, universities, and holistic learning centers throughout the country including New York University, Vassar College, Rutgers University, Stevens Institute, Rowe Conference Center, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, the Community Music Center of Boston, and the Association of Voice Pathologists. Jean continues to perform in concert with her husband, pianist and composer Bill McClelland. Her principal teachers have included Olga Averino, Carl Stough, John Nicholls, Rivka Cohen and Nelly Ben-Or. www.jeanmcclellandvoice.com
 
Jessica Goldring

Jessica Goldring is a vocalist and Alexander Technique teacher. She has performed with the Ohio Light Opera, Kansas City Lyric Opera, the Caramoor Festival, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, the Franz Schubert Institut, Eugene Opera, Liederkranz Opera Theater, Les Rencontres Musicales in Enghien, Belgium and The New York Repertory Theater. In 2009, together with filmmaker Noe Kidder and actress Marianna Vogt, Jessica founded Exilkabarett, a company devoted to the art of cabaret and song. She has performed with this company at several NYC venues including Dixon Place, the Brecht Forum, The Tank, Millennium Film Workshop, Mono No Aware, The Drilling Company, The Anyway Café and Petite Versailles.   Her work with Exilkabarett has developed into a long-term exploration of themes of migration, exile, and alienation culminating in performances with the Hartford New Music Festival, the Kansas City Civic Orchestra, The Dada Spill Project, Spectrum NYC and the Cell Theatre in New York City.  Jessica completed the Alexander Technique Teacher Training program at the Balance Arts Center in New York City in the Spring of 2018. As part of her training, she was invited to assist as in an Alexander Technique teacher in programs for opera singers at the Singingcourse Bevern, in Antwerp and at the Balance Arts Center in New York City. Currently, she teaches movement courses at St. Margaret’s House for the elderly and disabled and Fort Tryon Rehab & Health Care and is working with other nursing homes in the city to create a movement curriculum that promotes mobility, tone and flexibility with aging. Jessica is extremely grateful to have encountered the Alexander Technique as part of her singing journey. She believes that anyone can benefit from lessons in the Alexander Technique and that the technique can be applied to a variety of fields. Jessica enjoys working with singers, actors, musicians and performing artists. Other areas of interest include: Embodied Sound as a Means to Healing and Empowerment; Increased Mobility and Better Pain Management as We Age; Hypermobility and EDS; Sensory Awareness and Experiences for people with disabilities; Writing; and the Equestrian Arts.  Jessica is currently developing a new blog with Heather Gardner called Whispering AH which will be devoted to discussing singing and the Alexander Technique.

 
Jessica Lynn
Jessica Lynn is a world-renowned transgender advocate, educator, and activist. Her experiences as a transgender woman and parent led her to dedicate her life to spreading awareness and acceptance for gender non-conforming communities around the world. Jessica is internationally considered one of the foremost transgender speakers due to her dynamic, refreshingly honest speaking style, unique sense of humour and signature "ask-me-anything" Q&A sessions. Over the last several years, Jessica has crisscrossed the globe sharing the story of her journey over 750 times, at approx. 200 different universities, in 26 different countries, and she isn’t finished yet. Already a Stonewall School Role Model and a speaker to the medical community by request of the National Health Service, England, Jessica has been appointed to an advisory position on a project aimed towards improving health services for gender diverse youth and their families throughout the UK by both the University of Oxford and the National Institute for Health Research. She also continues serving as a Kinsey Institute Global Ambassador at Indiana University, and, after spending a great amount of time speaking in the UK (and for her love of pastry pies and fish & chips), Jessica has recently relocated to London from her birthplace of California.
 
Jessica Wolf
Jessica Wolf has been teaching the Alexander Technique for 40 years and is currently a Professor in the Practice of Acting at Yale School of Drama. She founded Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing certificate training program, and created the first three-dimensional animation of the respiratory system. Jessica maintains a private practice in New York City, where she coaches performing artists who appear on and off-Broadway, and in films and television. She travels internationally, giving workshops to performers, public speakers and healthcare providers.
 
Joan Frost
Joan Frost certified at The American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) in 1983. She joined the faculty of ACAT in 1984 and has been training teachers for the past 34 years. She was also Director of Teacher Certification from 2001-2008. In addition to her association with ACAT, Joan has taught at The Juilliard School, at The New School, and at Sarah Lawrence College. In the medical arena, Joan has taught at Greenwich Hospital's Center for Integrative Medicine and was a presenter for the Arthritis Foundation for many years. Joan currently teaches actors at The Shakespeare Academy @ Stratford in the summers and maintains an active private practice in Manhattan, in Rockland and Westchester Counties, NY, and in Stratford, CT.
 
John Henes
 
Judith C Stern
Judith Stern(Judy) graduated from Simmons College (1968) with a BS in Science and a Physical Therapy Certificate. She holds a Masters in Health Education from the University of Florida (1979) and was certified as a Teacher of the AT at ACATNY in 1987. Judy has served on the faculty of ACAT since 1987 and became a Senior Teacher Trainer in 1996 until 2018 when ACAT closed.She has served on the Board of (NASTAT) AmSAT, Chaired 2 AGMs, and was a Director of the 8th International Congress in 2008. Judy also served on the Faculty of the SweetBriar Residential Course for 15 years. Judy's major teaching influencers were Judy Liebowitz, Deborah Caplan, Barbara Kent , Frank Ottiwell, Elizabeth Walker and Walter and Dylis Carrington. Her major area of interest is using Alexander's principles to support people with Pain Conditions and Rehabilitation needs. Judy also mentors AT teachers in NYC and teaches by invitation in the USA and Europe.
 
Karen DeWig
Karen DeWig teaches students and trains teachers at the Alexander Technique Center of Albuquerque, and has chaired the AmSAT Training Directors' Committee for the past 5 years. She trained with Joan and Alex Murray, and used a deep exploration of the Dart Procedures to inhibit and direct her way out of severe scoliosis. She continues that exploration with herself, her students, her teacher-trainees, and in workshops for AT teachers.
 
Karin Heisecke
Karin Heisecke combines her practice as teacher of the Alexander Technique with her work as political and philanthropic advisor. After two decades of living and working in different European countries, she is based in Berlin, Germany, since 2010. Karin has been involved in social justice activism, with a focus on women's human rights, for over twenty years, and the Alexander Technique has been an integral part of her life / work / activism since she took her first lesson in the mid-1990s in London. She is particularly interested in the potential of the principles of the Alexander Technique for activists and in political decision making processes.
 
Kathryn Miranda
Kathryn M. Miranda is Director of Alexander Technique of Syracuse, an AmSAT-approved training course currently on hiatus. An AmSAT teaching member since 1990, she has enjoyed the camaraderie and professional associations of AmSAT while volunteering for AmSAT in various serious roles including Chair from 2011-2013. She trained at American Center for the Alexander Technique with a faculty that included Judy Liebowitz, Debby Caplan and Barbara Kent. In NYC and in Syracuse, she taught the Alexander Technique in Music and Drama Departments at various colleges and universities. She documented the legacy of Judy Leibowitz’s teaching by organizing and editing a variety of transcripts and notes from Judy’s teaching. The book Dare To Be Wrong is the fruit of this project . She owes much of her playful attitude to Jenny, a collie-shepherd mix of great intelligence and understanding of fair play!
 
Kecia Chin

Kecia Chin is a certified Alexander Teacher and member of The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, she began studying the Alexander Technique privately in 1988. In 1999 she received her certification from the American Center for the Alexander Technique [ACAT, New York]. She assisted as volunteer faculty member at ACAT (5yrs) and now maintains her own private practice. She currently teaches privately and leads group seminars in Long Island and neighboring New York Burroughs.


Inspired by the works of Debbie Caplan she works and continues to delve into the medical field as she has assisted in workshops at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital Complementary Care, Assisted Debbie Caplan AT training courses at Columbia University School of Physical Therapy, as well as, assisted workshops in Nyack Hospital Maternity Postpartum Care for New Mothers. She continues to study with Physical Therapists specializing in scoliosis and Schroth. In addition, as a certified yoga instructor, she practices Hatha Ashtanga and Bikram yoga (8yrs), and continues teaching F.M. Alexander’s principles & Alexander Technique through yoga, as well as her continuing education to learn of Schroth Yoga for Scoliosis. With 18 years’ experience as an Instructor of the Alexander Technique work – from athletes to artists – her  most important work is currently 5yrs continued Scoliosis studies and working with children and adults with Scoliosis. As an Alexander Technique instructor her goal is to provide freedom, ease, and alternative BACK & UP solutions no matter the structure.

 

 
Kelley Schoger
Kelley Schoger, an actor and movement specialist, is Assistant Professor of Acting and Movement in the graduate and undergraduate theatre programs at The University of Alabama. She graduated from the Alexander Technique Training Center in Charlottesville in 2014. She performed professionally in New York City for ten years as an actor and puppeteer.
 
Kim Jessor
Kim Jessor ( she, hers) has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 35 years. She is Alexander faculty at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program and undergraduate New Studio on Broadway Musical Theater program, in addition to her private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Kim received her certification from ACAT, where she has taught continuously since then, as well as served for three years as ACAT’s Director of Teacher Certification. Kim is a member of the AT Diversity Coalition and has been collaborating with colleague Rebecca Tuffey in exploring and developing workshops around the intersection of use and identity.
 
Kristin Mozeiko
Dr. Kristin Mozeiko is a full time lecturer of Music Education at Queens College, City University of New York, where she conducts the Queens College Symphonic Wind Ensemble, teaches conducting, and other music education courses to graduate and undergraduate music education majors. She is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher and teaches the technique to music majors. Dr. Mozeiko holds degrees in music education (BM), French horn performance (MM) and music education (DMA). In her research and writing she has focused on diversity in education and has integrated the Alexander technique with music education/performance. Dr. Mozeiko is a member of the National Association for Music Education, the New York State School Music Association, AmSAT, the Women’s Band Directors Association, CBDNA, and IMTE (Instrumental Music Teacher Educator).
 
Lauren Hill
Lauren Hill trained with Joan and Alexander Murray in Urbana, IL. Since she certified in 2003, she has been teaching in St. Paul, MN. Lauren has been writing a twice monthly blog since January 2014. To view the blog please visit AlexanderTeachingStudio.com/blog.
 
Lindsay Newitter
Lindsay Newitter completed her training in 2007 at Alexander Technique New York City (ATNYC) with John Nicholls and Nanette Walsh. She served as the Promotions Media Director for the American Society for the Alexander Technique 2011-2018 She maintains a practice in NYC where she teaches private lessons, group classes, and corporate programs. She also works with runners and is a certified Art of Running Instructor and additionally has taught in drama schools, medical settings, and has offered numerous talks and workshops to Alexander Technique teachers and trainees about marketing. Through her website, The Posture Police (nyposturepolice.com), she has become a reputable resource on postural education, featured in Vogue, the New York Times, CNN.com and Good Morning America. Marketing appeals to Lindsay not only as a way to grow her business, but as a way to apply solid principles of communication toward the goal of bringing the Alexander Technique to more people.
 
Lisa First
Lisa First is an AmSAT Certified Instructor of the Alexander Technique since 1992. Currently based in Charlotte, North Carolina she enjoys working with people of all backgrounds and has a special interest in working with performing artists and with people with disabilities and chronic illness. She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1983. Lisa is also the founder and director of Link Vostok East/West International Dance Exchange since 1993. She is a member of the Core Planning Committee for the 2019 ACGM.
 
Lori Schiff
Ms. Schiff is a full time professor of The Alexander Technique at The Juilliard School and a guest teaching artist for various schools and organizations nationally and internationally. She has been a faculty member of the Juilliard School since 1991 and was in residence at The Aspen Music Festival and School from 1993 - 2015.
 
Ms. Schiff has a private Alexander Technique practice in NYC. She is the founding director of Flight Feather Productions, LLC.,an organization for creating and supporting uplifting educational experiences for performers and those who perform. With composer Lance Horne, she is the Co-Director of Creativity Lab, a program for inspiring community and collaboration through collective creativity.
 
 
Lucia Walker
Lucia Walker has 30 years of experience of teaching AT internationally to both individuals and groups. She works with a wide range of people including young people, people with chronic illness, professional musicians and singers. She is also a movement artist and teacher specializing in improvisation and finding ways to fully enjoy moving and to be fully present in the moment of performance. She is known for gentle, clear and insightful teaching along with a sense of curiosity and playfulness. Enjoyment of the sense of vitality and well-being that arose from learning Alexander Technique, and a desire to support people to be more fully themselves and to express themselves more easily in their chosen life activities, stimulated Lucia to train as a teacher. Lucia qualified in 1987 after 3 years training with her parents Dick and Elisabeth Walker at the Alexander Teacher Training Centre Oxford. She teaches the technique to individuals, groups and on teacher training programmes and holiday workshops internationally. She has been supported in developing her teaching art by the study and practise of nonviolent communication and work focussing on vision. Working with performers is a particular interest and she works regularly with classical musicians, singers actors and dancers. She is currently based in Durban where she and Sharyn West direct Alexander Technique Learning and Teaching Programmes.
 
Lyn Charlsen Klein
Lyn Charlsen Klein has a BA in English from UCLA where she also studied for a Masters Degree in Dance.She was Certified to teach the Alexander Technique in 1977, training with Frank Ottiwell and Giora Pinkas. Lyn has been on the faculty of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles since it's beginning in 1987, serving as it's Director of Training from 1996 - 2014. She is currently one of 6 Directors of Training at ATI-LA , and the Head of Training, teaching regularly on the course. She taught the Alexander Technique at the USC School of Theater from 1980 - 1995 and at California State University at Los Angeles from 1989-1999. Lyn has given lectures/ demonstrations and conducted courses for Alexander training programs and the general public nationally and internationally. She maintains a private practice in Van Nuys, CA.
 
Malcolm Balk
Malcolm Balk is a level-4 running coach who competes in his veteran category (age group) and teacher of the Alexander Technique of 34 years. In 1991, Malcolm brought running and the Alexander Technique together when he developed The Art of Running workshops, which have been enjoyed by runners across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, and South America. More recently, he has founded a training program and has certified The Art of Running instructors on three continents. He is the author of The Art of Running: Raise Your Performance with the Alexander Technique and Master the Art of Working Out. Based in Montreal, Quebec Malcolm was the Canadian half marathon champion in 2011 and 2012 and cross country champion in 2016.
 
Mara Sokolsky
Mara Sokolsky came to this work because of her struggles with chronic lower back pain. After receiving her B.A. in Dance and Theater from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she went to train as an Alexander Teacher in London from 1977-1980. Mara has been on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Rhode Island College Department of Music and has lectured about the Technique at various colleges and hospitals throughout the Northeast.
 
Michael Protzel
Michael Protzel began Alexander Technique lessons in 1980 at age 30. He came to lessons with chronic back pain, the culmination of a lifetime of 'body' problems - a severely swollen left knee requiring drainage at age nine, an inflamed right hip joint requiring hospitalization at age 17, recurring back spasms beginning at age fifteen, a blown-out knee requiring reconstructive surgery at age twenty. Serious vertebral disc problems in 20s and 30s. After two years of private lessons, he entered a four year teacher-training program directed by Tom Lemens, who was trained by Patrick Macdonald. He was certified in 1986 by STAT and in 1987 by NASTAT (now AmSAT). He developed NASTAT News into a journal on the Alexander Technique, serving as Editor from 1989-1996. He was Chair of AmSAT's Professional Conduct Committee 2001-2009. Michael is involved in other long-term self-observation processes in addition to the Alexander Technique, including psychoanalysis, Tai Chi/Qigong, Carl Stough's Breathing Coordination, and the study of jazz guitar. In the mid-1990s, Michael worked with Alexander Technique teacher Ed Bouchard and his AT student, University of Chicago measurement guru Ben Wright, on Kinesthetic Ventures, Informed by the Work of F.M. Alexander, Stanislavski, Peirce & Freud (MESA Press, 1997). This book explores the languages of art, psychology, philosophy and cognitive science to describe the Alexander Technique lesson experience. In addition to teaching the use of the self, Michael is President and CEO of Gann Law Books, Inc., one of the few remaining small, independent law publishers in the United States. Gann specializes in publishing high-end, state-specific legal treatises, for use by attorneys and judges, that comprehensively analyze the law in a particular field of legal practice.
 
Michaela Hauser-Wagner
Michaela Hauser-Wagner, M.AmSAT, SEP graduated from Missy Vineyard’s teacher training course ATSNE in 2007. When students couldn’t get well because of their trauma history or chronic pain, she felt she needed another set of tools to understand and help those; Michaela became a certified Somatic Experiencing practitioner in 2017. First educated in Germany as a speech, language and voice therapist, she brings decades of clinical experience to her work. In recent years dancing and sculpting have become part of her expressive self-realization.
 
Michele Capalbo
Michele Capalbo is an Alexander Technique teacher and an operatic soprano who has sung leading roles internationally for over 20 years. Pedagogically Michele approaches the voice from a scientific as well as a traditional bel canto background.
 
Monika Gross
Monika Gross is the founder and Executive Director of The Poise Project®, a nonprofit created in 2016 with the mission of maintaining poise and personal growth throughout all stages and challenges of life using the principles of Alexander Technique. The Poise Project is committed to removing barriers and making Alexander Technique available across socio- economic groups and to those with chronic conditions. The strategic model for The Poise Project is presented in "A 12 Step Programme for 21st Century Job Creation for Alexander Technique Teachers and Graduating Trainees" (Gross, 2016) that was published in the Limerick AT Congress Papers. At the 2018 International Congress in Chicago, Monika organized and led two panels - one on AT for Education, and one on The Poise Project - as well as a workshop with Rajal Cohen guiding Alexander Technique teachers in how to initiate or actively participate in research projects. Monika was an author on multiple research abstracts and posters presented at the 4th World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in Portland OR in 2016; at the 2018 Chicago AT International Congress; and at the 2018 American Congress for Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) Annual Conference in Dallas. She has led introductory courses on the role of AT and the AT specialist in patient care at the 2017 and 2018 Annual Carolinas Integrative Health Care Summit in Charlotte NC, and at the 2018 ACRM in Dallas. She has organized Poise Project teams as exhibitors on the convention floor at the 2016 WPC, the 2018 ACRM, and the 2018 Pan-American Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Conference in Miami. Monika is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI), as well as a member of the local regional consortium: Alexander Teachers of the Mountain Region (ATMR). She is also a Registered Somatic Movement Educator with the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). She is a professional member of Actors Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers, and the Dramatists Guild.
 
N. Brooke Lieb
N. BROOKE LIEB, Director of Teacher Certification (2008 – present), received her certification from ACAT in 1989, joined the faculty in 1992, and served as Associate Director of Training at ACAT from 2006 to 2008. Brooke has been Guest Faculty at Vivien and Neil Schapera’s Teacher Certification Program in Cincinnati; and at Nancy Romita’s ATMidAtlantic Teacher Training Apprenticeship. Brooke has presented at the AmSAT ACGM (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), at The 8th International Congress of the Alexander Technique, Lugano, Switzerland, 2008, and at the 10th International Congress of the Alexander Technique, Limerick, Ireland 2015. She has taught at C. W. Post College, St. Rose College, Kutztown University, Pace University, The Actors Institute, The National Theatre Conservatory at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Dennison University, and Wagner College; and has made presentations for the Hospital for Special Surgery, the Scoliosis Foundation, and the Arthritis Foundation; Mercy College and Touro College, Departments of Physical Therapy; and Northern Westchester Hospital. She trained under Judith Leibowitz, Deborah Caplan and Barbara Kent, and has done Post Graduate Studies with Barbara Kent, Vivien Schapera, Walter and Dilys Carrington, Glynn MacDonald, Ruth Murray, Elizabeth and Lucia Walker, Missy Vineyard, Tommy Thompson, Pedro de Alcantara and John Nicholls, among others. Brooke maintains a teaching practice in NYC, specializing in working with people dealing with pain, back injuries and scoliosis; and performing artists.
 
Nancy Romita
Nancy Wanich-Romita (M.AmSAT, RSME) has been both a private teacher and workshop facilitator in the Alexander Technique for over 30 years. Ms Romita initiated the first courses offered in the Alexander Technique at the 92nd Street Y in NYC in 1984. She has taught at the American Dance Festival at Duke University in Durham, NC, Connecticut College, State University of New York at Purchase, University of Maryland at Baltimore County, Peabody Conservatory of Music, Stevenson University, and is currently on the faculty of Towson University.
 
Since 1987, she has taught a course in Alexander Technique at Towson University that satisfies a general education requirement for graduation for any student regardless of major. In addition, Ms Romita teaches an Alexander Technique course for graduate students in theater. She has worked for McDermott Ass. as facilitator in leadership training, movement training, and body language in public speaking. She has provided AT workshops for business leaders, physical therapists, teachers, and performers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
 
 
Nanette Walsh
Nanette is the founder and director of training at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique (RIAT) in New York City. A director of training since 2009, and certified in 1995, she draws extensively from her work with first generation teachers Peggy Williams and Walter Carrington. She has recently published a book on Peggy. She received her MFA in 1982 and is currently doing graduate work in Psychology and Religion at Union Theological Seminary; she is an avid runner, amateur boxer and a long time practitioner of tai chi.
 
Pamela Blanc
Pamela Blanc, ACAT-SF, 1979, is a Founding Director & Senior Faculty Member of The Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles. In addition to teaching at ATI-LA, Pamela is contracted to work with the Los Angeles Opera Young Artists Program in the 2016-2017 Season; is Lecturer of Music in the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music, Chapman University; has a private practice in West Los Angeles and is Senior Teacher of Jessica Wolf's Art of Breathing.
 
Paul Cano-Lopez
Paul Cano-Lopez. BSc Hons. MSc. Mphil.

Paul a Plasterer until injury enforced a career change into Construction Supervision and Management.  Whilst achieving an Honours Degree in Building and a Masters Degree in Construction Management he set up a Construction Training Company in 2002.   He then completed a Master of Philosophy Degree in 2007 researching Construction worker ‘learning barriers’ and how to over-come them.   With aches and pains from his plastering past catching up he began having Alexander Technique lessons. He completes his three year Alexander Technique Training Course in March 2019 and is commencing a PhD Doctorate in September with the University of Bath Uk researching if the Alexander Technique can lenghten the working lives of Construction Workers. 

 
Peggy Florin
Peggy Florin has been a teacher, choreographer and dance artist for over four decades. MFA (1989) Bennington College: After receiving an MFA in Dance, she taught on the dance faculty at Bennington College for twenty years. She is currently Associate Professor of Dance at Bard College where she has taught classes in ballet, modern dance, dance composition as well as classes based on the Alexander Technique. On the faculty at RIAT, Peggy teaches Embodied Anatomy. She completed her AmSat certified training( 2014) at the Manhattan Center for the Alexander Technique under the direction of Caren Bayer. Her initial Alexander studies began in the late ‘80‘s, with Kate Judd, and later with Alex Farkas, Giora Pinkas, Eva Karczag and Nanette Walsh. In her private Alexander practice, Peggy integrates her years of study of anatomy & movement to awaken and facilitate grounding, ease and expansiveness in her students.
 
Penelope Easten

Penelope was born in Wales, & studied Biological Sciences at Cambridge University, England. She abandoned a PhD there to train at the North London Alexander School, qualifying in 1989. It was after training that she worked with Miss Goldie for four years, who, it felt, stripped away everything she had learnt, and rebuilt it as she saw the technique should be – a scary process! Since then, she has worked extensively with other teachers who had known her, including Erika Whittaker, to understand the essence of the difference of her understanding. 

 

The Miss Goldie workshops started as a 90 min workshop at the International Congress in 2004 (Oxford), & was then followed with weekend workshops in the UK, Ireland and Germany, including the Limerick International Congress in 2015. She is currently writing a book about the fundamentals of integrated and embodied movement, based on Miss Goldie’s work. Recently she completed a training to facilitate Philip Shepherd’s Radical Wholeness workshop, “The Embodied Present Process”. She also has studied with Jeando Masuero on the Initial Alexander technique, from which she is also writing about Alexander’s Biomechanics, and exploring Alexander technique and real fitness with pupils and groups. In her free time she enjoys making discoveries about the technique through singing and reciting, piano playing, swimming, gardening, running, dancing, barefoot walking and walking in heels! She has been living & teaching in the beautiful West of Ireland since 2005.

 
Phyllis Richmond
Phyllis Richmond ( Brighton Alexander Training Centre, 1991) teaches in Evanston IL and Dallas TX. she has studied Tai Chi Chuan since 1998 and is certified to teach by the Yang Style Martial Arts Association in Taiwan. She was Editor of AmSAT News/ AmSAT Journal 2005-2017.
 
Pyeng Threadgill

Pyeng (pronounced py-ying) Threadgill is a vocalist, voice over artist, songwriter, voice teacher and certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and Somatic Voicework, the LoVetri Method. She is a 2007 graduate of the Balance Arts Center.

As a performer Pyeng has been described as “charmingly eclectic" by St Louis Today. Singing ‘New Porch Music’ Pyeng crafts an intimate journey through folk and Jazz with Afro- electronic inflections. In her fourth solo album and multimedia project entitled Head Full of Hair, Heart Full of Song, Ms. Threadgill shines a light on hair, adornment, and ancestry and the political well as spiritual implications of race, hair and identity.

As a guest performer Ms. Threadgill has shared the stage with pianist/composer Marc Cary, the Urban Bush Women and Contra Tiempo. She has accompanied poet, author, playwright hattie gossett as a soundmaker/actress on her Conjure Wimmins Project. And in 2008 Ms. Threadgill was a recipient of the fellowship in music composition from New York Foundation for the Arts for her album Portholes To A Love & Other Short Stories. In 2018 she was featured by the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment on "A Day's Work" showcasing the work of three working musicians living in New York. This March, 2019 Pyeng's narration for the book Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham was named Best Multi-Voiced Performance by the Audie Awards.

As a voice and movement teacher Pyeng approaches the voice with an emphasis on slowing down and offering accessible and healthy vocal technique for all styles of music. Pyeng has found the Alexander Technique to be an invaluable tool for improving her and her student's vocal practices and day to day experiences. She is interested in helping students to refocus on the joy of music rather than self-judgment by connecting to the breath, body and movement for a holistic sense of each individual's Soul music.

Pyeng teaches out of her private studio in Brooklyn and this Fall she will be an artist-in-residence in the MFA Performance & Performance Studies program at Pratt Institute.

 
Rachel Bernsen
Rachel is a nationally certified teacher, M.AmSAT, a dancer and choreographer. She received her certification in 2008 from the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT). Rachel is an avid improvisor and is one part of Masters of Ceremony investigating improvisational practices and interdisciplinary possibilities with dancer and choreographer Melanie Maar and composer/performers Taylor Ho Bynum and Abraham Gomez-Delgado. She's created multiple collaborative works with playwrights, visual artists and composers using improvisation as a means to develop a shared language across discipline. Her most recent work, "I Know You So Well, A Sound and Movement Choir For People Who Work in Healthcare" is a collaboration with playwright Rachel Kauder Nalebuff. Rachel has done multiple projects with legendary composer Anthony Braxton (who famously explores the tension between composition and improvisation) including as movement director for the latest production of his Sonic Genome Project (Torino Jazz Festival 2015), as choreographer and performer for his opera Trillium J and as a performer in his interdisciplinary Pine Top Aerial Music project. Rachel's work has been presented throughout NYC, nationally, and internationally and has received fellowships, residencies and foundational support for her projects. Rachel has a private AT practice in New Haven, CT and has been a visiting assistant professor at Trinity College, Department of Theater and Dance. She regularly guest teaches at colleges and universities throughout the US including recently at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts and Dartmouth College. She is also on faculty at Movement Research, NYC. She has led workshops in the Technique for singers, dancers, musicians, Naturopathy students, yoga practitioners, and for the general public. From 2009-11 she served on the AmSAT board. She holds an MFA in Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in English Literature from Macalester College.
 
Rachel Kauder Nalebuff
Rachel Kauder Nalebuff is a writer exploring new kinds of community. She is the editor of My Little Red Book (Twelve Books, 2009) and co-editor of The Feminist Utopia Project (Feminist Press, 2015). She directs 3 Hole Press, a small press for performance works in printed formats. Her work and collaborations have recently been presented by the STUK House for Dance, Image & Sound, Artspace, Reimagine End of Life, The Public Theater, La Ferme du Buisson, NYU Performance as Therapy, PRELUDE, the BBC, the Steirischer Herbst Festival, the Skirball Cultural Center, REDCAT, the Hammer Museum and Machine Project. Rachel is a lecturer in the English Department at Brooklyn College.
 
Raquel Cavalcanti

Raquel Cavalcanti is a dancer and teacher from Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She lived in New York from 1994 to 2013 where she studied dance, performed and trained in the Alexander Technique (IRDEAT, 1999 / MCAT 2003 – post graduate). She holds a MA degree in Dance Education from New York University, winning the award for excellence for her dissertation "A Way of Thinking: Implications of the Alexander Technique in Dance Teaching". Raquel is currently a dance professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil), and is doing her PhD at UNICAMP (São Paulo/Brazil) where she researches the Alexander Technique and its implications for learning and performing dance.

 
Rebecca Tuffey
Rebecca Tuffey, M.AmSAT, graduated from ACAT in 2004. She served as volunteer and Associate Faculty at ACAT from 2004-2018, and she currently serves as Faculty at the Riverside Initiative for AT (Nanette Walsh, Training Director). Rebecca maintains a lively private practice in Union Square, NYC, and is an Adjunct professor at Pace Performing Arts (BFA in Acting for Film, TV, Voice-Over & Commercials) and at The New School (BFA students from Mannes, Jazz & Drama). Rebecca is energized, strengthened, and sometimes challenged by being a member of a multi-racial family. She is a member of the AT Diversity Coalition.
 
Renee Kiyomi Schneider

Renee Schneider currently teaches Alexander Technique in Normal, Illinois and assists at Rose Bronec's training school, Alexander Technique Urbana Champaign. Her passion is to explore the mind-body universe to help those with chronic pain improve their lives and live more comfortably.  In an effort to resolve her own pain issues, she has studied other alternative health modalities including Ortho-Bionomy®, Somatic Experiencing®, Somatic Resilience and Regulation, CranioSacral Therapy, Thai Reflexology, trigger point therapy, Reiki, and methods to integrate primitive reflexes.  It is her distillation of these practices that informs her Alexander teaching to create new avenues of exploration. She owns several businesses including a Thai language school for expatriates in Bangkok and the Coquí Baby Cloth Diaper Company. She graduated from Joan and Alex Murray’s training course, Alexander Technique Center Urbana, in 2012. She has a Bachelor’s degree in British Literature from UCLA and an MBA in Global Management from Thunderbird at Arizona State University. She has worked philanthropically, serving as a teacher in the Peace Corps, as a volunteer business consultant to assist recovery of small and medium-sized companies in Thailand after the 1997 Asian economic crisis, and as a manager of an adult and child literacy program in Watts, California. She plays classical guitar and ukulele. Her favorite things in the world are her husband Steve and 7-year-old son Yuji. She is an activist at heart and enjoys team-building and creative problem-solving.

 
Rick Brennan
Rick Brennan is an Alexander Technique teacher, author and Director of Training at the Alexander Technique Centre based in Galway, Ireland. He has been teaching the Technique full time for 30 years. Richard moved to Galway, Ireland, in 1997, and founded the first Alexander Teacher Training College in Ireland in 1998 which is approved by the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, STAT, and the Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (ISATT).. He is was co-founder and past president of ISATT which was established in June, 2004. Rick is the author of eight books on the Alexander Technique The Alexander Technique Workbook, The Alexander Technique Manual, Mind and Body Stress Relief with the Alexander Technique, Change your Posture – Change your Life, Back in Balance and How to Breathe. His books have sold over 250,000 copies and have been translated into twenty two languages. He has also written many articles on the Technique and has been featured in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Irish Times, the Sunday Tribune, the Irish Examiner, Cosmopolitan, Hello and Home and Country. He has appeared on Television in UK, Ireland, Croatia and Montenegro and has been featured on National and local radio in Ireland and the UK. He has taught the Technique at many educational centres in Ireland, UK, Europe and the USA including Galway University, DIT Dublin, University of Limerick, Middlesex University and Indiana University. He was also a guest presenter at the Am SAT annual conference in San Francisco 2009 and in LA in 2014 Rick was a director of the 10th International Alexander Technique Congress, held in Limerick, Ireland, in August 2015 and of the Alexander Conventions in 2013 and 2017 and is now a director of the next convention which will take place in the University of Limerick in July 2020.
 
Rick Carbaugh
Rick Carbaugh began his training with Goddard Binkley, took a hiatus, and completed his training with Joan and Alex Murray in 1994. He assisted on their course for five years and coordinated the Murray’s Annual Refreshers from 1992–2005. Rick assists with the training of ATU teachers when not occupied with his profession in restaurant management.
 
Robert Britton
Robert Britton graduated as an Alexander Technique teacher in 1978. In addition to his private practice in San Francisco, he has taught the Alexander Technique to musicians at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1984. He has helped train Alexander Technique Teachers since 1989, and currently helps train Alexander teachers at the Alexander Educational Center in Berkeley. Bob regularly gives workshops around the World to Alexander Technique teachers, and he was awarded the George S. Sarlo award for Excellence in Teaching in Colleges and Universities in Northern California in 2012.
 
Robin Schiff
Robin Schiff has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1990. She added Pilates to her work in 2004. Robin developed the Alexander and Pilates classes at Brooklyn College for their Kinesiology Department where she has been teaching students and faculty since 2003. Robin teaches monthly at RIAT. Previously she was on the regular faculty teaching the Alexander Technique at Mannes College, a music conservatory in Manhattan. Robin has taught workshops and classes at ACAT, ATS, BAC, ATNYC, and the San Francisco and Boston AmSAT General Meetings. Robin holds a Bachelor's in Music Therapy, and certifications in Pilates and the Alexander Technique.
 
Rose Bronec
Rose Bronec is Co-Director of Alexander Technique Urbana (ATU) founded in 1999. She certified with the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT) in 1980. Rose has been a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) since its inception in 1987.
 
Ruth Diamond
Ruth Diamond graduated from ACAT in December 2003 and has maintained a teaching practice in NYC. She has a Master's Degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and worked for many years as a Psychotherapist. She was on the editorial staff of the AmSAT Journal from 2004 to 2017 and published several articles and reviews. She published an article about ACAT in the AmSAT Journal in 2016. She is a an avid bicycle tourist and short story writer.
 
Ruth Kilroy
Ruth Kilroy is the director and founder of the Alexander Technique Training Center in Boston, which opened in 1993, and continues to run as a full-time training program. Ruth graduated from Patrick MacDonald’s School in London in 1984; she has been teaching in Boston, working with teachers and students ever since.  She has collaborated extensively with Rivka Cohen for over 25 years, offering intensive workshops for teachers and trainees.  Ruth has held master classes in Germany, Canada and taught in Israel and Australia as well as around the United States.  Ruth has been a frequent presenter at AmSAT’s ACGM and was the co-chair of the 2015 ACGM Boston.
 
Ruth Rootberg
Ruth Rootberg, author of Living the Alexander Technique (2015) trained with Missy Vineyard (2003) and became a designated Linklater voice teacher in 1993. She was Associate Professor of voice at the Yale School of Drama from 1995 to 2000 and has given voice, movement, and Alexander Technique presentations around the country, including at several ACGMs. Ruth has a private practice in Amherst, Massachusetts and offers an intensive summer weekend workshop, "Alexander Technique Amherst Summer Courses" with colleagues.
 
Sandra Bain Cushman
Sandra Bain Cushman’s passion for unlocking creative potential began with her theater studies at Cornell University in 1977. A certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1990, she has taught renowned musicians, writers, theater groups, medical professionals, and business leaders how to gain greater poise, balance, and freedom in their work and in their lives.
 
Sandra is the founder of Orchestral Maneuvers which “offers a simple, straightforward and accessible method of developing presence, coordination and attention for the individual musician, musicians and their instruments, musicians and their instruments within a group or orchestra; and for the group and orchestra as a whole.” (Robert Fripp)
 
Orchestral Maneuvers is also studied by groups of non-musicians who want to develop the discipline, creativity and cohesiveness enjoyed by orchestral musicians.
 
 
Sarah Barker
Sarah Barker is Associate Professor of the Acting and Movement at the University of South Carolina. She is recognized internationally for her innovative work teaching the Alexander Technique for actors. Sarah’s book, The Alexander Technique, first published in 1978, has been translated in six languages. Her recently published introductory DVD for learning the Alexander Technique, Moving with Ease, is also distributed in Japanese. She has also published several book chapters and articles on the Alexander Technique. She currently chairs AmSAT’s Research Committee. Sarah Barker is past-president of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators. She is chair of the Certification Coordinating Committee and is an evaluating Sponsor for Alexander Technique International. She is often an invited guest teacher to Alexander Technique schools throughout the world.
 
Sarah Ittmann Leite
In 1999 Sarah Ittmann Leite began her journey as a movement educator as a certified yoga teacher. Since then she has studied and worked in many yoga studios around the U.S. and British Isles, finally settling in Baltimore, where in 2004, she opened the first Bikram Studio in Baltimore City. Her yoga exploration moved beyond this style and she is now certified and teaching many other types of yoga as well as offering a Yoga Teacher Training in Vinyasa Yoga at Yoga Tree. Sarah's exploration of the Alexander Technique began in 2005 when she started private lessons with Nancy Romita several times a month. Re-examining how she approached daily tasks and movement practices was a thrilling awakening and one that she knew she'd enjoy perusing more deeply. In 2011 she began ATMidAtlantic and completed her certification in 2014. The influence of Alexander Technique principles weave throughout Sarah's Yoga classes. A passion for communication and the joy of sharing potential for greater ease in body and mind are at the root of her teaching.
 
Sharyn West
Sharyn West (BA (U of Cape Town), Ed. Diploma (U of Witwatersrand), MA (Institute of Ed. Ldn), MSTAT (E.Walker, Oxford) Mphil (U of Bristol)) has been teaching AT for 20 years in a variety of settings and approaches. She combined this teaching with her work as an university educator. She taught philosophy and ethics in faculties of Education, Health and Social Care to educators and practitioners in these fields from 1972 until 2008. She has taught in several countries including South Africa, Britain and Hong Kong. As a senior lecturer she also taught a range of techniques in physical therapy (massage, reflexology and manual lymph drainage) and platformed these on the therapists' use of themselves applying the Alexander principles. She is particularly skilled in helping persons find greater clarity about their embodied experience and enabling them to be more effective in their chosen activities.
 
Susan Cohen

Susan certified with Walter Carrington at The Constructive Teaching Center in London in 1985. Her teaching and consulting credits include Howard and George Mason Universities’ Drama Departments, several years at the Studio Theatre and Arena Stage, over a dozen years at Shakespeare Theatre, and 20 years at Catholic University’s Drama, Musical Theater, and MFA Departments. She also enjoys conducting workshops. International credits include China, Argentina, and Israel. In 2006 she completed Jessica Wolf’s course, THE ART OF BREATHING.  

Susan lives and practices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and enjoys teaching students from all professions. She recently began offering injury prevention workshops for apprentice-level trainees at local construction companies.

“The Technique is a life-long journey combining discovery and transformation.”


 
Suzanne Faulkner
Suzanne Ruth Faulkner, Durham NC, USA Suzanne received certification in 1995 through the then NASTAT certification process, and purposely chose to explore training schools which presented Alexander's teachings in three distinct ways (Alex and Joan Murray: Alexander Technique Center Urbana, IL, Daria Harper-Okugawa: The Alexander Technique Training Center, Charlottesville, VA and Frank Sheldon: Alexander Technique San Francisco, CA.) It was an investigation, not a test. Suzanne has now been aligned and allied with Ruth Kilroy and her ATTC program in Boston for the past ten years, a teacher and city she considers her Alexander home base ideologically and geographically. In December 2018 Suzanne officially graduated from ATTC. As a lifetime student of movement, Suzanne also owns and directs the Ashtanga Yoga Club Durham in Durham NC, where she investigates the intersection of the application of the Alexander Technique to Hatha Yoga principles. Suzanne has been back-bending using Alexander principles for over thirty years.
 
Tara Fenamore
Tara Fenamore is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree at Columbia Teachers College in Psychophysical Education. Developed by Dr. Dimon, this interdisciplinary program aims at exploring the functional unity of motor and cognitive systems in the developing child, with the long-term goal of establishing an early childhood center for the application of Psychophysical Education theory and practice. Tara completed the three-year training program in The Alexander Technique and Psychophysical Education at The Dimon Institute in Spring 2018. She received a bachelor's degree in literature, religion, and dance from Sarah Lawrence College, and a master's degree in Philosophy and Education from Teachers College.
 
Theodore Dimon
Ted Dimon, Ed.D., is Founder and Director of The Dimon Institute, where he is researching, developing and training teachers in the field of Psychophysical Education; and he is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University, Teachers College, where he has launched the first-ever doctoral program in education based on Alexander’s work. An internationally renowned teacher of the Alexander Technique, he completed his training at the Constructive Teaching Centre with Walter Carrington in 1983, co-founded the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) in 1987, and has been training teachers since 1996. A graduate of Tufts University, he received both his masters and doctoral degrees in education from Harvard University. He has written ten books, including Anatomy of the Moving Body; The Body in Motion: Its Evolution and Design; Anatomy of the Voice; Your Body, Your Voice; The Elements of Skill; The Undivided Self; A New Model of Man’s Conscious Development; Neurodynamics: The Art of Mindfulness in Action; Breathing and The Voice: Understanding the Whispered “Ah”; and The Use of the Hands in Teaching. He is the co-editor of Frank Pierce Jones’ Collected Writings on the Alexander Technique.
 
Tom Vasiliades
Tom Vasiliades is the training director of the Training Center for the Alexander Technique-NYC teacher training course in New York City. For ten years, he was a senior faculty member on training programs directed by John Nicholls. His post-graduate studies include work with John Nicholls, Walter Carrington, Dilys Carrington, Peggy Williams and other first generation teachers and senior teachers. He has a private practice at the Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development where he works with performing artists, people with pain and respiratory problems, and those interested in personal growth and development. He coaches student and professional actors in the Alexander Technique and character development. Tom teaches at The Juilliard School. He has taught the Technique at The New School for Drama and NYU undergraduate drama. He has given master classes and workshops at universities, colleges and schools across the country. In addition, he has taught the work at medical offices and health clubs.
 
Vincent Lebrun
Vincent Lebrun, a native of Brussels, Belgium, is an AmSAT-certified Alexander Technique teacher. He graduated from his training with Nanette Walsh and John Nicholls at ATNYC in April 2013. He lives and teaches in Brooklyn, NY. Vincent is also a singer-songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist. He is a Reiki practitioner, and he conducts individual and group meditations and sound healing sessions. After years of studying and practicing non-dualism and metaphysics, especially a Course in Miracles, he realized that a lot of the spiritual principles he has been practicing for years can be applied to the Alexander technique.
 
Wes Howard
Wes Howard has studied the Alexander Technique since 1988. He has lived in Urbana, Il since 1991, certified in 1994, and has kept a lively teaching practice in three central Illinois cities for the past 25 years. He continually studied and learned from Joan Murray' for 27 years. He has been very interested in developing a wide ranging understanding of the different lineages of the Technique having also studied with Marj Barstow, Shoshanna Kaminitz and John Nichols.