I have studied this work for over 40 years and taught it for almost that long, and of everything I have done, I can honestly say that this work has had the most profound influence on my life.
It affected me in two main ways: one was the dramatic effect it had on my own well-being, both in the ability to coordinate myself easily, and being able as a performer to let the clarity of my intentions come through clearly to my audience. More important was the change in the clarity of my thinking: learning who I am, how I react to stimuli and how to make clear, conscious choices about how I want to be in the world.
And it’s a lot of fun!
I no longer operate only from habit, physical or mental. As David Mills says: “Habit is being ready for the one thing you expect next. Coordination is being ready for anything.” I want to be ready for anything.
More details about me (if you are interested!)
- I have a MA and Ph.D in Linguistics from the University of Washington
- I also work as an American Sign Language/English interpreter
- I co-founded The Performance School, a Center for the Study of the Alexander Technique
- I also co-founded Alexander Technique International
- I learned to teach this work from Marjorie Barstow, who was the first graduate of F.M. Alexander’s first teacher training program
- I have taught throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia
- I wrote a book and a bunch of articles
- I am an actor, a hoofer and, as Lady Allegra Germaine, a burlesque performer
- Along with David Mills, I offer classes in the Seattle area; travel to do workshops; and run a rather unique teacher education program at The Performance School.