Michael D. Frederick, North Carolina, Ojai, Malibu
Founder & Director
Michael is an internationally recognized teacher in the field of Psycho-physical Re-education. He trained as an Alexander Teacher in England with Walter Carrington and in America with Marjorie Barstow, both master teachers trained by F. M. Alexander. Michael studied in the U.S. and Israel as a Feldenkrais Practitioner and has extensive Yoga training in both the U.S. and India. He is Co-Director and on the Board of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles (ATI-LA). Michael is the founding director of the first three International Congresses on the Alexander Technique and has organized over 150 workshops in the U.S. and Europe since 1978. Michael was voted best Alexander Teacher in Los Angeles Magazine’s “Best of L.A.”
“No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.” —Albert Einstein
“You can’t do something you don’t know if you keep on doing what you do know.” —F.M. Alexander
Meade Andrews Malibu
Meade currently teaches as guest artist in theater at Rider University, and in the music program at Westminster Choir College, both located in Princeton, New Jersey. She maintains a private Alexander Technique practice in the area, and also travels to teach in New York City, and Washington, DC, where she continues to present workshops at the Studio Theater, her professional base for over 20 years. Meade has been teaching the Alexander Technique for 25 years, and also works as an acting coach and movement consultant for theater productions. She recently completed a course in Alexander Technique and the ‘Art of Breathing’ with Jessica Wolf, and several teacher refresher courses with John Nicholls.
John Baron Malibu
John has been a full time teacher of Alexander Technique for 30 years during which time he has practiced in London, Rome and the Bay Area. He has a theater and business background enabling him to work with a diverse range of organizations including: Google Inc., Fireman’s Fund Insurance, Cal State Hayward, The Sundance Institute, Esalen Institute, Weg Der Mitte (Berlin), San Francisco Ballet and San Francisco Opera. For the past 20 years he has co-directed the Alexander Educational Center (an AT teacher training school) in Berkeley, California.”
Sandra Bain Cushman North Carolina
Sandra’s love for unlocking creative potential began with her theater studies at Cornell University in 1977. She completed her Alexander Technique certification in 1990 at The Virginia School for Alexander Technique (now ATTC-C) with trainer Frank Sheldon. She was certified in The Art of Breathing by Jessica Wolf in 2010. Sandra has presented the the Technique on three continents (and at sea in Explorer Seminars on Semester at Sea); she works extensively with Robert Fripp’s Guitar Circles in North America, South America, and Europe. Sandra co-directed the Alexander Technique Training Center in Charlottesville, Virginia from 2008-2010, and now continues her private practice in a mountainside setting in Charlottesville, Virginia where she also leads Alexander retreats and teacher refreshers. Sandra’s book, Mind Body 40 Days, supports students of mind body disciplines as they embark upon their studies.
Lyn Charlsen Klein Malibu
Executive Director for the Alexander Traininig Institute, Los Angeles. Former Alexander Technique teacher for the University of Southern California School of Theatre, U.S.C. Music School/Opera Division, and at California State University. An Alexander Technique teacher for over 30 years, Lyn practices in Van Nuys and Santa Monica, CA.
This year, we are looking forward to a series of special presentations by Michael Gelb, author of Body Learning, An Introduction to the Alexander Technique, and the best-selling How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. Michael trained as an Alexander Teacher in London during the mid-1970s. Michael is an internationally renowned author, speaker, and consultant (and, yes, juggler) who helps individuals and organizations worldwide find innovative solutions to their most important challenges. Since 1979, clients such as DuPont, Merck, Microsoft and Nike have been inspired and transformed by Michael’s unique, creative approach. www.michaelgelb.com
Barbara Kent North Carolina
Barbara is former director of teacher training at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) in New York. Barbara began her carreer by studying singing at Julliard School of Music. She is a certified Rubenfield Synergy Method Practitioner and a student of Carl Stough, integrating his principles of breathing coordination into her work. Barbara has been training Alexander Technique teachers and working in private practice for over 30 years in NYC.
George Lister Malibu
George Lister began his studies of the Alexander Technique in New York City in 1986 while he was president and CEO of an international market research company. He trained with Edward and Linda Avak at The Center for the Alexander Technique in Menlo Park, California beginning in 1991, and was certified by The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) in July, 1994. He continued his studies and began teaching on training courses first with Troup Matthews in New York City, then Frank Ottiwell in San Francisco, and later with Walter Carrington in London. He maintains private teaching practices in San Francisco and Redwood City, California, and is the founder and director of the Northern California Center for the Alexander Technique, an AmSat certified teacher training course. He is currently a member of AmSAT’s Training Approval Committee and Training Directors Committee, and is an avid hiker and swimmer.
Geordie MacMinn North Carolina
Geordie trained as an Alexander Technique teacher at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles, earning his AmSAT certification in 2001. He has earned two post-graduate teacher certifications from the American Center for the Alexander Technique, NYC: The Art of Breathing with Jessica Wolf, (2003) and The Carrington Way of Working with John Nicholls, (2004). In Los Angeles, Geordie taught voice at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Stella Adler Academy of Acting, as well as originating classes in the Alexander Technique into both of the curriculums. He also taught Alexander to classical singers in the OperaWorks summer training program at Cal State Northridge. He earned his BA in Acting from California State University at Fullerton, and has trained and performed with Shakespeare & Company. In 2003, Geordie joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Drama, teaching Alexander and Linklater Voice. Earning his Designation as a Linklater Voice Teacher in 2007, he traveled to Hamburg, Germany in the summer of 2008 to participate in an advanced teacher training with Kristin Linklater in Sound & Movement. In North Carolina, he has presented workshops in the Alexander Technique to singers and musicians, and maintains a private practice teaching Alexander Technique and Linklater Voice to people from all walks of life.
Frances Mardsen Malibu
Frances trained as an Alexander teacher at the Constructive Teaching Center in London with Walter and Dilys Carrington and has been teaching for over thirty 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 teaches at USC, Occidental College and California State University at Los Angeles. Besides teaching at USC, Occidental College and California State University at Los Angeles, Frances also teaches for “Shakespeare at the Huntington” and “Intimate Opera Company.” She maintains private practices in North Hollywood and Pasadena, California.
Daria T. Okugawa North Carolina
Daria originally trained as an Alexander Teacher in London and is currently the Director of Training at The ATTIC (Alexander Technique Training In Chicago). Along with maintaining private practice in Chicago, she has been a teacher trainer for the past 30 years co-founding the teacher training course in Charlottesville, VA. She has taught for the League of Crafty Guitarists under the direction of Robert Fripp, the Kluge Rehabilitation Center, Washington and Lee University, The University of Virginia, Roanoke College, Chicago Director’s Lab, The School for Theatre Creators, and currently is adjunct faculty at Roosevelt University. She remains a working actor in Chicago and received her BFA in Acting from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia.
Giora Pinkas Malibu
Giora is Founder and Director of The Alexander Educational Center in Berkeley, CA. Following a background in sports, physical education and dance and an interest in music and psychology, Giora studied with one of F.M Alexander’s outstanding successors, Patrick Macdonald. After a three year training and certifying in1967 he attended a voluntary 4th year, helping and learning at the training-course. Giora has been an Alexander instructor for 45 years and a trainer of Alexander teachers for over 35 years. He’s taught the technique in Israel, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, France, Ireland, Japan and the United States. In 1974 Giora co-founded in San Francisco the first 3-year, teacher-training course in the United States. For many years he served on the Board of Directors and as a Committee Chair of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and currently serves as a Training Moderator for GLAT—the German Society. Giora is one of the most respected senior Alexander Teachers in North America and Europe.
Carol P. Prentice North Carolina, Ojai, Malibu
Tommy ThompsonNorth Carolina
For the past 41 years, Tommy Thompson has taught the Alexander Technique to professional and Olympic athletes, dressage riders, scientists, physicians, corporate and university professionals, musicians, dancers, actors, children and the disabled. He has an active private teaching practice in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has given well over 400 workshops for Alexander teachers, teacher trainees and the general public in 14 countries, and has served as special assistant to the 1976 Olympic USA Heavyweight Rowing Crew. Tommy is founder and Director of the Alexander Technique Center at Cambridge, which in 2015 was awarded: The Best of Cambridge in Alternative and Holistic Health. At the center, Tommy has been training Alexander teachers since 1983. Tommy is co-founder, charter member, and was first Chair of Alexander Technique International (ATI).
Lucia Walker North Carolina, Malibu
Originally from Oxford, England…Lucia is now based in Johannesburg, South Africa where she is co-director of an Alexander Teacher Training Program. Since qualifying as an Alexander Technique Teacher in 1987, Lucia works internationally on teacher training courses in Europe, America, and Japan. Lucia has a thriving Alexander Technique practice in Johannesburg specializing in teaching both individuals and groups. She continues to work as an independent dance teacher and performer specializing in improvisations. Lucia has the distinction of being a second generation Alexander Technique Teacher with her parents being Elisabeth and Dick Walker who both trained with F.M. Alexander back in the 1940’s.
Guest Teachers are at hand in the event that a faculty member is unable to teach. This always ensures an excellent 1 to 7 teacher-student ratio.