ACAT Training Faculty

Training Director

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, 2016),  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.

Senior Faculty

 

JOAN FROST has been involved in the movement field for over 40 years, earning her B.A. in Theater Arts: Dance from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1975, and her teaching certificate from ACAT in 1983. She joined the ACAT faculty in 1984, and served as Director of Teacher Certification from 1994 to 1995 and from 2001 to 2008. Joan has taught the Alexander Technique at The Juilliard School, the Diller Quaille School of Music, Sarah Lawrence College, and The New School. She was also a speaker with the Arthritis Foundation from 2001-2009 in hospitals in the Greater New York area. Joan co-taught with Barbara Kent at the 2004 Oxford International Congress, “The Uncommitted Hand”, has taught at numerous AmSAT ACGMs throughout the country, and recently taught a workshop entitled “Up Off Your Ankles!” at the 2015 International Congress in Ireland. Joan pursued post-graduate studies with Walter Carrington at his summer course in London and worked extensively with Marjorie Barstow in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, and at residential workshops in Lincoln, NE. She has also worked with Patrick MacDonald, Marjory Barlow, Rika Cohen, Nelly Benor, Misha Magidov, Elizabeth Walker, and John Nichols. In 2006, Joan became a certified teacher of Jessica Wolf’s “The Art of Breathing.” Joan maintains a private practice in Stratford, CT, White Plains, NY, Tappan, NY and in Manhattan.

 

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KIM JESSOR received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1976, where she danced and choreographed under Bessie Schoenberg. She received her ACAT certification in 1981 and has taught since then on ACAT’s faculty, serving as Director of the Teacher Certification Program from 1991-1994. Kim has taught at the Juilliard School, Mannes College of Music, the Michael Howard Acting Studio, the New York Open Center, the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, the Chautauqua summer music program, Penland School of Crafts, and the Miller Healthcare Institute for Performing Arts Medicine, among others. Kim has written articles on applying the Technique to marathon running and on her work with survivors of 9/11. She has also presented at several national meetings. Currently she is on the faculty at NYU’s Graduate Acting Program/Tisch School of the Arts, while maintaining a private practice in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Kim has done post certification work with Barbara Kent, Pearl Ausubel, Ann Mathews and Rika Cohen. She is also certified in Body-Mind Centering from Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

 

HOPE MARTIN has been studying the Alexander Technique since 1980 and teaching it since 1987, when she graduated from ACAT. She is the founder of Hope Martin Studio, an Alexander Technique Learning Center in New York City. Hope maintains a lively practice in New York City, teaching private and group classes. She has taught at various music schools around NYC, at Sarah Lawrence College and Internationally. She is on the faculty of the New York Open Center and the American Center for the Alexander Technique where she served as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors from 2000 to 2008. Hope is a trained meditation instructor and teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. Her particular passion is in assisting her students to discover how easeful, upright posture is an expression of their human dignity, confidence, and innate wakefulness.

 

PATRICIA MCGINNIS M.AmSAT, began teaching in the American Center for the Alexander Technique’s teacher certification program after graduating from ACAT in 1993.  She became Associate Faculty in 1999 and Senior Faculty in 2013.  She also taught at the Dimon Institute’s Alexander Technique teacher training program.  For six years, she taught Alexander Technique classes in the Dance and Theatre Department at Manhattanville College.  She taught singing in the Junior Division at the Neighborhood Playhouse and at Beginnings summer camp.  She has presented Alexander Technique workshops at many universities and professional schools including the University of South Florida, Columbia University, NYU’s Musical Theatre Program at CAP 21 and Musical Theatre Works and the Student Television Arts Company.  In 2012, she presented at AmSAT’s ACGM held at Juilliard.  She completed post graduate Alexander refresher courses with Walter and Dilys Carrington, Joan and Alex Murray, and John Nicholls,  She studied Breathing Coordination with Carl Stough and Jessica Wolf.  A professional actor and singer, Pat has appeared in plays and musicals and has sung on national radio and television jingles.  She also sang with several professional groups including the DeCormier Singers and performed at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Lincoln Center.  Pat has a bachelor’s degree in Music.  She studied acting with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse, musical theatre with Paul Gemignani at Manhattan School of Music’s Professional Musical Theatre Workshop and music improvisation with David Darling and Bobby McFerrin.  She teaches private Alexander Technique lessons and voice lessons in her New York City studio and in Monmouth County, New Jersey.

 

CYNTHIA REYNOLDS received her certificate from ACAT in 1987, for the last ten years she has been teaching Alexander courses for graduate acting students at the New School for Drama (formerly the Actors Studio Drama School). She also teaches Alexander to singers, instrumentalists and dancers at NYU Steinhardt School of Education. For 18 years she was a principal dancer with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company. Her teaching was the subject of a feature article in Dance Teacher Magazine September 2001 issue. Her teaching is also featured in the video documentary, Erick Hawkins Modern Dance Technique. She and her husband, Glenn Kenreich, who is also an Alexander teacher, offer summer workshops at the Tripotamos Art Center on the beautiful Greek island of Tinos.

 

DANIEL SINGER is a senior educator of Alexander Teachers on the staff of the American Center for the Alexander Technique Teacher Certification Program. After graduating from the State University of New York at Buffalo, he worked as a hospital respiratory technician, a craftsmanin glassblowing, a poet, a musician and an artist. He trained and certified to teach the Alexander Technique under the direction of Judith Leibowitz and Deborah Kaplan, both of who knew and studied with F.M. Alexander, graduating from ACAT in 1981. He helped found the national professional organization, the American Society for the Alexander Technique. In addition to his initial training at ACAT, Daniel did extensive post-graduate work with Patrick MacDonald who had studied with F.M. Alexander from the age 10. Daniel studied with others trained by F.M. Alexander and his brother A.R., including Goddard Binkley, Walter Carrington, Elizabeth Walker, Marj Barlow and Marjory Barstow.With Richard (Buzz) Gummere (trained by the Alexander brothers), Daniel presented the Alexander Technique to the Education Seminar at Columbia University. Daniel teaches at the Circle-in-the-Square Professional Theater School, the Michael Howard Studio Acting Conservatory, and has served on faculty at The Actors Studio Drama School MFA program, and Stella Adler Studio Conservatory. In private practice in New York City, he has taught at the Amercian Academy for Dramatic Arts, been a guest lecturer at Long Island University, and been guest faculty at other AT training programs. He has presented Alexander Technique at the Zen Center of New York City, the Penland School for Crafts and has taught in Sao Paulo,Brazil. Daniel Singer is an author of the book The Sacred Portable Now (Prima Publishing, 1996) and co-produced a CD “The Back Alive Advantage” based on principles of Alexander Technique self-lesson work.

 

JUDITH STERN trained at ACAT and was certified by AmSAT in 1987. She joined the TCP Faculty that same year as the Anatomy teacher and became a member of the ACAT Senior Faculty in 1995.  Prior to her Alexander training, Judith received her BS and Post-graduate Certificate in Physical Therapy from Simmons College in 1968, and her Masters in Health Education from the University of Florida in 1979. She has served the community as Vice-President of AmSAT; Chairperson of ACAT; and as a longtime member of the faculty of the Alexander Residential Course at UNCSA. She has presented the Technique at Columbia University Medical School, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NYU, the Aspen Music Festival Conference on Medical Problems of Performing Artists, the Verbier Music Festival, and the International Congress’ of the FM Alexander Technique. Judith was a Director of the 8th International Congress in Lugano, Switzerland, August 2008. She was an invited presenter at the 9th Congress, and is invited to present again at the 10th Congress in 2015. Judith’s major influences include Judy Liebowitz, Deborah Caplan, Frank Ottiwell, and Elisabeth Walker. She has also studied with Walter and Dylis Carrington and Shmuel Nelkin and completed Jessica Wolf”s first post graduate training in The Art of Breathing. Judith has been teaching the Alexander Technique privately in Rye, NY for almost 30 years. Her expertise is working with people with issues of Pain.

 

 

Guest Faculty

BARBARA KENT earned her B.A. in Music at California State University in 1959, studied voice at the Juilliard School from 1960-61, and received her MA in Music from Brooklyn College in 1971. Her singing led her to the Alexander Technique in the early 60’s, and she was certified by ACAT in 1971. Barbara was a faculty member of ACAT from 1972 to 2015 when she relocated to Middlebury, Vermont, and served as ACAT’s TCP Director from 1982-87, and 1996-2001. A long time faculty of the Sweet Briar Residential Course, Barbara has presented at a number of International Congresses; and for the New York Singing Teachers’ Association and the Rubenfeld Synergy International Association. Barbara offers the Post Certification Program “Progress, Not Perfection” through ACAT. She studied with Carl Stough and integrates the principles of Breathing Coordination into her work; she is also certified in the Rubenfeld Synergy Method. Barbara maintains a private practice in Middlebury, VT and makes teaching visit to NYC.