Teaching Staff

michael.jpgMichael D. Frederick North Carolina, 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

John_Baron_3_color.jpgJohn 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.”

Caren BayerCaren Bayer North Carolina

Caren Bayer received her certification from Patrick MacDonald in London in 1984. Since then, she has maintained a private practice in New York City as well as leading workshops in Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Japan, England, and Canada. After inheriting Rivka Cohen’s training program, Caren opened Manhattan Center for the Alexander Technique, certifying teachers from 2001-2014. 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 35 years of movement research to her teaching. 

Pamela BlancPamela Blanc Malibu

Pamela Blanc has a private practice in West Los Angeles and is a founding director and senior faculty of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles (ATI-LA), where individuals train to become certified Alexander Technique Teachers. Pamela also oversees continuing education for AT Teachers at ATI-LA. During her 40-year career, she spent eleven years as an adjunct & guest lecturer in the Music Conservatory of Chapman University and previously adjunct in the Music Departments of UCLA, Californian State University Northridge, and the Theatre School at USC. She is frequently invited to present master classes for various organizations, colleges, and universities and is the invited Key Note Speaker for the 2019 Australian Alexander Conference in Sydney.  www.PamelaBlanc.com

Julia CalderJulia Caulder Malibu

Julia Caulder received her Bachelor of Music degree from U.S.C. and a Master of Music Degree from Northwestern University. She was a professional singer with the Los Angeles Opera and Opera Pacific. Julia is an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and is a graduate of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles (ATI-LA). She was also trained with Jessica Wolf and is certified to teach The Art of Breathing. Julia teaches the Alexander Technique at Mount St. Mary’s College, The Laura Henry Acting Studio, and is on the Faculty of ATI-LA, as well as privately in Santa Monica, California. She has taught classes at Santa Monica College Extension and workshops at Google, The University of Southern California School of Music, Pepperdine School of Music, Santa Monica College Music Department and at California Institute of the Arts.

Sandra_.jpgSandra 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.

gelb-michael-7989_v194.jpgMichael Gelb North Carolina, Malibu

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

Lauren HillLauren Hill North Carolina, Malibu

Lauren Hill began studying the Alexander Technique in her 20’s looking for help managing chronic neck, shoulder and back pain. Besides the physical relief she found with the Technique, she was also drawn to its simple and practical nature. She was trained by Joan and Alexander Murray and has taught in St. Paul, MN since 2003. She joined the faculty of MinnCAT, a teacher training course in Minnesota, in 2017. Lauren loves learning and is interested in how people learn. She enjoys the challenge of uncovering how each of her students learns best and creating an environment that facilitates their learning of the Alexander Technique. When she is not helping her students find more ease in their daily lives she is dancing, dreaming up next year’s Halloween costume or spending quality time out of doors.

IMG_3195.JPGBarbara 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.

lyn.jpgLyn Charlsen Klein North Carolina, 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.

geordie-2_smaller.jpgGeordie 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_marsden.jpgFrances 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.

John NichollsJohn NichollsMalibu

John Nicholls trained with Walter and Dilys Carrington from 1973 to 1976 and remained with them for eleven years assisting daily on the teacher training course and maintaining a private practice at their Constructive Teaching Centre. He then spent three years in Australia, directing the Melbourne Alexander Teacher Training School, and after this he returned to the UK as director of a teacher training course in Brighton and led postgraduate classes in Britain, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Italy, Sweden, Australia and the USA. He gave the STAT Alexander Memorial Lecture in 1986 and his book, The Alexander Technique: In Conversation with John Nicholls and Sean Carey, was published in 1991.
In 2003 John moved to New York City where he offered private lessons, “hands-on” supervision groups for teachers, a teacher training program, and structured postgraduate courses for teachers as well as continuing to travel and teach in Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand. He was a featured guest teacher at several AmSAT Conferences, gave the AmSAT Alexander Memorial Lecture in 2005, the Keynote address at the 2014 AmSAT ACGM, and has been part of the Continuous Learning team for three international congresses, then in March 2016 John returned to the UK. He has trained over 100 Alexander teachers on three different continents and now spends a large part of each year travelling to teach in many different countries all around the globe.
See johnnichollsat.com for more information, including articles, podcasts, blog and calendar.

Carol.jpgCarol P. Prentice North Carolina, Ojai, Malibu

Carol trained in the mid-1980s as an Alexander Teacher with Frank Ottiwell in San Francisco at the American Conservatory Theater (ACT). She subsequently furthered her training with first generation Alexander Teachers Marjorie Barstow, Walter & Dilys Carrington, and Marjory Barlow. She has been teaching this work for over 30 years. Carol is also a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist and graduate of the California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley. She is currently on the faculty at the California College of Ayurveda and has an Alexander, Yoga, and Ayurveda Practice in Los Angeles.  Carol is also a graduate of a three year Yoga teacher training in the tradition of Sri T. Krishnamacharya at the Healing Yoga Foundation – San Francisco.
www.HandsOn-Retreats.com

lucia0.jpgLucia 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.