ACAT’s 50th Anniversary

ACAT Celebrates 50 Years with a Fundraiser Honoring
Barbara Kent and Jessica Wolf

October 18, 2014, ACAT GALA (part I) from NBrooke Lieb on Vimeo.

October 18, 2014 ACAT GALA (part 2) from NBrooke Lieb on Vimeo.

October 18, 2014 ACAT GALA (part 3) from NBrooke Lieb on Vimeo.

October 18, 2014, ACAT GALA (part 4) from NBrooke Lieb on Vimeo.

Thank you for making the ACAT50 Fundraiser a success

Over $25,000 was raised because of your generosity
The Gala was a very special event where we honored Jessica Wolf and Barbara Kent. It was lovely to reconnect with each other as we celebrated their contributions.


Enjoy these photos of the Gala held on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

Special thanks to the anonymous donor who contributed a $10,000 matching grant for the ACAT50 Fundraiser.

You are still welcome to give in honor of Barbara Kent and Jessica Wolf with a donation to the General Reserve Fund. Whatever you choose to give will be appreciated, and it is tax deductible. Donate by clicking on any of the donate buttons on this page or mail us a check (see below for our mailing address).

To thank you for your donation, we will send you a link to download an MP3 of ACAT’s Alexander Technique Lesson at Home, based on Judith Leibowitz’s teaching and narrated by Barbara Kent. The Lesson at Home is a great way to integrate the Technique into your life, because you can listen to it at any time of day or night!

About Barbara Kent
Barbara Kent has over 40 years of experience teaching the Alexander Technique and has worked with teachers who were trained by FM Alexander. Barbara studied voice at the Juilliard School and received her MA in Music from Brooklyn College. Her singing led her to the Alexander Technique, and she was certified by ACAT in 1971. Barbara has been a faculty member of ACAT since 1972, and served as ACAT’s Training Course Program Director from 1982-87 and 1996-2001. A long time faculty member of the Sweet Briar Residential Course, Barbara has also presented at a number of International Congresses, at the New York Singing Teachers’ Association and for the Rubenfeld Synergy International Association. She studied with Carl Stough and integrates the principles of Breathing Coordination into her work. Barbara offers the Post Certification Program “Progress, Not Perfection” through ACAT, and maintains a private practice in New York City and Sag Harbor, NY. Read about Barbara’s teaching on the ACAT blog.

About Jessica Wolf
Jessica Wolf is an internationally recognized teacher of the Alexander Technique. She has been exploring and conducting research in respiratory function and breath throughout her career. Jessica completed her training in 1977 at the ACAT and has maintained a teaching practice in Union Square since then. In 1998, Jessica established the Alexander program at Yale School of Drama where she now holds the position of Assistant Professor. In 2002, she became the founder and director of the first post-graduate training program for Alexander teachers in “The Art of Breathing.” Since then, her program has graduated 58 teachers. Jessica coaches many performing artists who have appeared on and off Broadway and in film and television. She travels extensively giving workshops to performers and health care providers. Read more about Jessica at her Art of Breathing website.

Your donation will support ACAT in all that we do, including:

• Free Monthly Hands On Demonstrations for the General Public
• Workshops and classes for the general public
• Maintaining the ACAT Studio, home to ACAT’s Teacher Certification Program and available to rent for lessons, classes and workshops
• Post Graduate offerings for Teachers of the Alexander Technique
• Lending Library and Archival information on The Alexander Technique
• The ACAT Blog, offering information and education to the general public
• Maintaining the ACAT Website which includes a Member Login area with video clips and articles supporting Professional Development
• Membership Services for Teachers and Supporters of the Alexander Technique through the Membership arm of our organization

Want to donate by check? Here’s our mailing address:
39 West 14th Street
Suite 507
New York, NY 10011

Thank you for your support!

FOUNDED: April 14, 1964 by Deborah Caplan, Barbara Callen, Frank Ottiwell, Joyce Ringdahl Suskind and Judith Leibowitz who also served as the Director of Training for 15 years.MISSION: It is the purpose of ACAT to promote and further the understanding and practice of The Alexander Technique
• ACAT operates the first faculty oriented training program of the Alexander Technique founded in the US, as well as the first professional membership organization for certified Teachers in the Americas.
• ACAT has certified over 280 teachers to date.
• ACAT provides the public with information, teacher referrals, demonstrations, workshops, classes, literature sources and more.