Our faculty are Alexander Technique Teachers with artistic practices, who apply AT principles to the art of teaching as well as to their own artistic disciplines.
Sheila Bandyopadhyay is a director, movement specialist and devisor of original theater in New York City. Sheila has directed and created devised work featured at the West End Theater, the 72nd St Theater Lab, The Brick, the Boston Center for the Arts, and the Minneapolis and Montreal Fringe Festivals. As a movement specialist, Sheila offers a unique form of comprehensive body training for the actor that integrates Alexander Technique and release-based movement into the athletic and creative demands of physical theater styles (mask, commedia, clown). Sheila is the Head of Movement at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she teaches, coaches, and directs. Selected Performance credits: Titus Andronicus (The Humanist Project), The Taming of the Shrew (Tempest Ladies), The Misanthrope (Hunger & Thirst Theatre Collective), The Tempest (Stages on the Sound). Additional teaching and coaching with New York University, FSU/Asolo, Brooklyn College, Shakespeare and Company, The Linklater Center, and Emerson College. Sheila holds a Master’s Degree from NYU Gallatin, is an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, a Yoga Alliance trained Vinyasa yoga instructor, and a graduate of the Professional Training Program at Dell’Arte International. Sheila is currently working on the development of an original music/theater piece, “rise/fall.” www.sheilabnyc.com IG: @sheilabnyc
Tracy is a multi-disciplinary theater artist and educator, and an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique Teacher. She has an active Private Alexander Practice in NYC, and works at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where she gets to teach Alexander Technique, Physical Theater, and Movement classes. Yippee! She also assists the BAC Teacher Training Class.
Other major influences include Lincoln Center Teaching Artist Development Labs, The amazing students of Hunts Point Public Schools, PS 67, and the Refugee Youth Summer Academy; Theatrical Clown with Jean E. Taylor, Christopher Bayes, and Julia Proctor; scene study with Brian McManamon, and Physical Acting with Jim Calder. In 2014 she performed Shakespeare with the Hudson Warehouse Theater Company where she met Brian Scanlan who scooped her up to co-found the Modern Shakespeare Project, a guerrilla Shakespeare performance troop that has since ventured into new play development. She is also a founding member of Clown Gym, with whom she’s performed solo, duo, and quadrupled at The PIT NYC. She’s had the honor of choreographing & movement directing the brilliant children of the Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble for two years, through the Public Shakespeare Initiative.
Kim Jessor has been happily teaching the Alexander Technique for over 35 years. She is Alexander faculty at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program and undergraduate New Studio on Broadway Musical Theater Program. In addition to individual tutorials and group classes, she has provided Alexander support to numerous graduate productions, and collaborated in singing and scene study classes. Kim has a private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She received her certification from The American Center for the Alexander Technique NY where she has taught continuously as well as served for 3 years as ACAT’s Director of Teacher Certification.
Kim is a member of the AT Diversity Coalition and has been collaborating with colleague Rebecca Tuffey in exploring and developing workshops around the intersection of use and identity. She is also certified in Body-Mind Centering, has a background in dance, and practices Yoga, Cuban Salsa, Meditation and Triathlon.
Jean E Taylor
Jean is a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Education working extensively with local programs, the Teaching Artist Development Labs and LCE’s international consultancies. She is a recent recipient of Lincoln Center’s Directors Emeriti Award, Carnegie Corporation’s Giving Hero Award and represented LCE at the International Teaching Artist Conferences (ITAC) in Oslo, Brisbane, Edinburgh, and is on the planning committee for ITAC5 in Seoul, S. Korea.
Jean also teaches Theatrical Clown and Aesthetic Inquiry for The New School for Drama’s BFA and MFA programs and has taught Theatrical Clown for The Barrow Group for over 15 years. Jean’s workshop Theatrical Clown and the Alexander Technique has been part of Balance Arts’ Freedom to Act Conferences for many years.
As a performer, Jean presented a trilogy of her devised work, True Hazards of Childhood, Pants and Skirts, and Elsinore or Bust at The Barrow Group. Jean’s earlier devised work Wild Hair was developed with a grant from the Maxine Greene Foundation and performed at Dixon Place, The Barrow Group Theatre, Mount Tremper Arts, and The Flynn Center in Vermont. Her current solo work, Stop/Slow will premiere in 2020.
Jean studied clown/movement with Philippe Gaulier, Ronlin Foreman, David Shiner and Merry Conway, among others. Her approach to theatrical clown has been published in Movement for Actors, Allworth Press. She is a board member for The Maxine Greene Institute for Aesthetic Education and Social Imagination.
Rebecca Brooks is a dance artist who works in the field as a choreographer, performer, advisor and teacher. She has been on faculty at Bennington College, Movement Research, Balance Arts Center, Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYC/Tisch, and Saint Margaret’s House. She has taught workshops at various other schools and organizations throughout the US. She is a 2009 graduate of the Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course at Balance Arts Center and has acted as an assistant teacher in the Training Course from 2010-15 and 2018-ongoing. In private lessons, Rebecca has worked with a broad range of students, including performers and artists, individuals of various ages and abilities, parents before and after giving birth and LGBTQ folks. She has a special interest in exploring the Alexander Technique within the broader field of somatics, awareness, social justice and embodiment practices, interweaving knowledge from different disciplines, while maintaining a clear and dedicated focus with the Alexander Technique at its center. In addition to her Alexander Technique Teacher Training Certificate, she holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College (2003) and an MFA (Teaching Fellow) from Bennington College (2018). She co-founded AUNTS (2005), co-curated the Movement Research Festivals in Fall 2014 and Spring 2007 and co-founded the Rockbridge Artist Exchange (2009-2013) in Lexington, Virginia. www.rebeccakelleybrooks.com
Independent dance artist. Creates and performs solo and collaborative work and teaches dance and the Alexander Technique internationally. She has been a member of leading groups in the field of experimental dance, including the Trisha Brown Dance Company (N.Y. 1979-85). She was certified to teach the Alexander Technique through ACAT, N.Y. (1984), and has been inspired by many teachers of the Alexander Technique, including Bill Williams, Marjory Barstow, June Ekman, Aileen Crow and Barbara Kent.
Her interest in deepening into the mysteries and miracles of the body-mind have led her to investigate a wide range of techniques that engender trust in the body's innate intelligence and capacity for ease, efficiency and integrated openness. These include the Alexander Technique, Anatomical Release Technique, Ideokinesis, Contact Improvisation, Taiji and Qigong, Kinetic Awareness, Body-Mind Centering®, Yoga and Meditation. Her synthesis of various considerations, gleaned from these approaches to body-mind-spirit, have influenced and shaped her practice and her teaching. Her work is built on a foundation of respect for the moving body, and a passion for creative process and experimentation.
Currently performing and teaching in both the United States and Europe, she is in constant dialog with dance and Alexander communities on both sides of the Atlantic. Through her teaching and performing she aims to communicate her interest in being ‘in the moment’; and her passion for moving.
Alice is an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique Teacher and graduate of the Balance Arts Center. Alice teaches Alexander Technique in NYC at The Balance Arts Center and out of her home in Brooklyn. She also teaches in Portland & Bath, Maine. Alice regularly teaches group classes at Movement Research (NY, NY) and Rosemont Wellness Center (Portland, ME). Alice is involved in both NYC and Maine’s dance communities as a performer, collaborator and teaching artist.
Ann is the founder and director of the Balance Arts Center and the Balance Arts Center Teacher Training Course. She has been teaching the Alexander Technique and movement for over 30 years in academic and private settings. She is skilled in Labanotation, Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Yoga, meditation, and various dance techniques. She maintains private practices in New York City, Berlin and Antwerp. She is the creator and producer of the Freedom to Move, Freedom to Play and co-creator of the Freedom to Act conferences. She has recently published a book, "How To Sit: Your Body at Work".
She is a member of the American Society of the Alexander Technique and served on the Board of Directors for 4 years. She is a regular presenter at AmSAT annual conferences and serves on several committees of the Society.
Ann holds a Certification from the Urbana Center in the AT approved by the American Society of Alexander Technique. She also holds a Masters Degree in Dance and Movement Analysis from The Ohio State University and a Bachelors Degree with Honors from the University of Oregon.
Sarah White Ayon
Sarah White-Ayón is an artist working across the disciplines of performance, dance/choreography, video, sculpture, sound and collage. Her work has been presented through various organizations and in venues throughout the US including Roulette, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Strange Loop Gallery; SVA's Visual Arts Gallery; SVA’s Gallery 136; AUNTS; The Philadelphia Fringe Festival; Fritz Haeg's Sundown Salon; Monkey Town; Movement Research Festival; Movement Research Studies Project; Dance on Camera, Kinetic Cinema; iLAND's iLAB residency; Highways Performance Space and Gallery; Triskelion and Ulla's House Salon. She holds a B.F.A in dance from UMKC and is a 2011 graduate of the School of Visual Art’s M.F.A Photo, Video and Related Media Program. In addition to her own work, she has performed and/or collaborated in the work of such artists as robbinschilds, Felicia Ballos, Nancy Garcia, Flora Weigman, Rebecca Brooks, Jennifer Monson, Levi Gonzalez, Alex Escalante, Simone Coutu, architect, Angel Ayón and 3D photographer, Gerald Marks among others. She is currently dancing with Antonio Ramos and The Gangbangers and Walter Dundervill.