Affiliates

Affiliates

We are honored to have a list of teachers affiliated with the course who offer their expertise in one or more of a variety of capacities:

  • offering classes in the area of their expertise.
  • offering their time as substitutes for regular faculty members and/or as volunteer teachers.
  • offering supervision to third-year trainees in their practice teaching.
  • offering private or small group lessons to trainees.

RIAT Graduate Affiliates | Visiting-Teacher Affiliates

RIAT Graduate Affiliates

Karla Booth

Karla Booth, m.AmSAT, has been teaching Alexander Technique for 30 years since graduating from ACAT in 1990.  She has taught the Alexander Technique both internationally and nationally, presenting at conferences and teaching workshops to musicians, physical therapists, and movement teachers.

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  Her dance training and performing as well as her interest in art and music all compliment and instruct her Alexander work. In conjunction with her Alexander work, Karla has spent 30+ years working with Dr. John Diamond a well known Holistic doctor working with creativity. She teaches the Diamond-Dart Meridian Sequence based on the work of Raymond Dart. The Diamond-Dart procedures form a poetic movement meditation that recapitulates the evolutionary and developmental process as well as activating the Acupuncture Meridians, all which greatly raise the Life Energy or Chi.  Karla maintains a practice and is the director for the Life Energy Arts Gallery in Westchester, NY.  KarlaBooth.com

Garlan Jude Brosnahan

Garlan Jude Brosnahan (they/them), m.AmSAT, completed their AmSAT certified training of 1600 hours at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique (RIAT) directed by Nanette Walsh with associate directors Ariel Carson and Lori Schiff. Garlan is a performance artist, theater director, writer, cabaret artist, emcee and performance curator.

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They’re attuned in Level I & II Usui Reiki by masters Aki Hirata Baker and Manu DelPrete from MINKA Brooklyn. They were recently hired to teach group Alexander Technique classes at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA).

Diane Bruce

Diane Bruce m.AmSat, is a professional violinist and Alexander Teacher in Metuchen, NJ and Manhattan, and in Chautauqua, NY. during the summer.
She trained at ACAT and RIAT, receiving certification in 2019.

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Diane holds Bachelor and Master degrees from Juilliard and in her 40 year music career has toured Europe and Asia, played regularly at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City and on Broadway.
See dianebruce-alexandertechnique.com for more information

Lindsay Clark

Lindsay Clark, m.AmSAT, MA, has been performing and teaching in NYC and internationally since 2005. She is a faculty member at Bard College where she teaches ballet and the Alexander Technique. Lindsay has taught professional and open ballet classes in NYC and modern dance, composition, and improvisation at the University of the Arts, Hollins University, and the American Dance Festival. 

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Lindsay holds an MFA in dance from Hollins University and completed her Alexander Technique teacher training at RIAT in 2019.

Gayl Forman

Gayl Forman, m.AmSAT.  Introduced the technique to members at Gilda’s Club, NYC. Completed the Alexander Technique Teacher Training program at RIAT, her training having begun at Balance Arts Center, before it was interrupted by stage 4 colon cancer. Early study of the Alexander Technique began with Kitty Wielopolska and Missy Vineyard and continued with Lydia Yohay over many decades. 

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Dance background: 2005, attained the Simonson Jazz Dance Teacher certification and substitute taught beginners at Dance New Amsterdam. 1999, taught dance at the Columbus Park West Nursery. 1998, Assistant to Ellen Robbins, choreography class for 9 year olds. 1986, became a member of the Diane Jacobowitz Dance Theatre company. Worked with Anna Sokolow, Nancy Topf and Simone Forti. Dance major at SUNY, Purchase. As a child, studied Ballet, Modern, Duncan and Folk with performances in television and outdoor settings. Private practice, lessons scheduled by appointment: 917-952-9125; gaylforman54@gmail.com.

Silas Harris

Silas Harris, m.AmSAT, was one of the youngest people ever to be certified by the AmSAT board at his time of certification. His teaching focuses on playfulness, curiosity, and taking the stress out of self exploration.

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Currently, he teaches individual private lessons, and is available for group workshops or specialized classes. Silas is a stage and voice actor, and is passionate about helping people express themselves and find their voices. For more information about his teaching, go to silasemersonharris.com/alexandertechnique.

Vanessa Justice

Vanessa Justice, m.AmSAT, is a choreographer and instructor of the Alexander Technique, yoga, and pilates. She was introduced to yoga in Bangalore, India in 1997. She deepened her practice with four yoga certification programs over two decades including Body-Mind Centering and Yoga, The Yoga School of New York, and David Moore’s Smart Yoga.

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During the Covid-19 pandemic, Vanessa moved from NYC to West Hartford, CT where she maintains a private practice teaching AT, Pilates, and Yoga both in-person and remotely via zoom. The Alexander Technique played an important role in Vanessa’s healing following a life-threatening injury, and she deeply values its capacity to recalibrate the nervous system toward greater ease, connection, and well-being. Vanessa graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Buddhism/Philosophy from Pomona College, and earned an MFA in Choreography/Dance from The Ohio State University. Supported by a Watson Fellowship, she spent a year studying movement practices in Asia and Europe. She is a graduate of RIAT’s certification program in the Alexander Technique. For more info see studioalexandertechnique.com and vanessajusticedance.org

Lane Kwederis

Lane Kwederis is AmSAT certified (1600 hours) and trained at the RIAT Center. She is a certified Reiki healer and has a BFA in musical theater from The Boston Conservatory. She is passionate about helping others become more mindful and embodied in a more connected and empowering way.

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Lane is an accomplished performer, singer, writer, director, and has been involved in many projects on the stage and screen including the national tour of Dirty Dancing, house teams at UCB, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Broad City, and Master of None. She has a BFA in musical theater from The Boston Conservatory and is trained in voice, movement, and dance so she is specially equipped to help any performers when they find themselves dealing with issues in these areas.

She is passionate about helping others become more mindful and embodied in a more connected and empowering way.

Kevin Munhall

Kevin Munhall is an AmSAT Certified Alexander Technique Teacher who completed his three-year training with second generation teachers Nanette Walsh and Lori Schiff at the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique. He has since started Habit Disruption where he teaches the technique in Hoboken, NJ as well as online to groups and organizations and corporations.

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Additionally, he is an actor and dancer seen on Broadway in Tootsie, Anastasia, Allegiance, and Anything Goes among many other TV and stage projects in New York City and across the country. He has a BFA in Musical Theatre from The University of Michigan.  Find him online at www.HabitDisruption.com or IG @habitdisruption.

Adele Nickel

Adele Nickel an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique; she received her 1600-hour training at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique (RIAT) in New York City under the direction of Nanette Walsh. Adele is also an accomplished modern dancer and has enjoyed a long performing and teaching career in NYC and abroad;

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she most recently worked with choreographer Annie-B Parson and rock musician St. Vincent in performance at the Hollywood Bowl, and was featured in the Liz Gerring Dance Company’s Glacier, named #4 on The New York Times’ “Best Dance of 2013” and nominated for a Bessie Award. In 2014, Adele was awarded a scholarship from the Breathing Project to complete her study in Embodied Anatomy & Kinesiology with Amy Matthews. She is also an avid runner and tai chi practitioner. Adele is passionate about the thinking, moving body and seeks to help her students find freedom and balance in every aspect of their lives.

Becky Sandler

Becky Sandler, m.AmSAT, teaches private and group Alexander Technique lessons in midtown Manhattan, Hudson, NY, and online. On faculty at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, she teaches Alexander Technique as part of the 1st year core curriculum to actors.

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Having spent her first year training at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT), she completed her 3-year, 1600 hour teacher certification at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique (RIAT) where she is now an affiliate faculty member. She has extensive training and experience in education, early childhood yoga, Tai Chi, and movement, and enjoys sharing the benefits of the Alexander Technique with people of all ages. Becky served as assistant teacher of the Alexander Technique to the blind and visually impaired at The Lighthouse Guild, and is committed to helping older persons and people with less mobility discover greater stability, more comfort and ease with daily activities, and less pain and anxiety. In addition to her Alexander Technique teacher certification, she is an accredited teaching member of the largest professional organization of teachers of the Alexander Technique in the United States, the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and holds a Masters of Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education and a Masters of Library Science from the University of Missouri.

Tyler Stinziani

Tyler Stinziani is an embodied mindfulness practitioner certified by AmSAT in the Alexander Technique. As a queer, non-binary person they are deeply dedicated to cultivating spaces that are brave enough for you to explore and play within. Synthesizing their experience as a professional actor (they hold a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from Wright State University), Tyler works with performing artists to foster a sense of curiosity, openness, and fluidity in the practice room / rehearsal space so that you may tap into a more poised, embodied, and present state of being that is fully YOU.

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They are passionate about helping all of their students find ease in their daily lives and exploring with them to uncover their most authentic selves.

Tyler has been an assistant teacher of the Alexander Technique for Actors at Fordham University. They also teach private lessons and group classes in Midtown Manhattan.

| connect | explore | stay curious |

www.TylerStinziani.com

instagram: @tylerstinziani_

Eleanor Taylor

Eleanor Taylor, m.AmSAT, is on the faculty of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and maintains a private teaching studio in Manhattan, where she specializes in working with singers and actors to improve performance, prevent injury and reduce anxiety using the Alexander Technique.

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She has served on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and at RIAT, where she currently teaches the Breathing & Voice course for teacher-trainees. This year, she has offered workshops for Respiro Opera, the University of Michigan Musical Theatre program, and the One Voice Centre Intensive program. During the pandemic, she has taught several “Teachers’ Lab” workshop series for AmSAT-certified teachers interested in developing their businesses as Alexander teachers.  She has trained in Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing and Betsy Polatin’s The Actor’s Secret methods, and holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in vocal performance from New England Conservatory and the University of Minnesota. Eleanor has led Alexander Technique masterclasses for the University of Illinois-Chicago Theatre program, National Opera Association’s Eastern Regional Conference, Music Educators Association of NYC/United Federation of Teachers, the Freedom to Act and Freedom to Make Music Conferences, the Classical Singer Convention and Brooklyn Opera Works’ Summer Vocal Arts Institute. Eleanor is a member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique’s (AmSAT’s) Board of Directors, and the peer-review board for the Alexander Journal. www.eleanortaylorAT.com

Rebecca Tuffey

Rebecca Tuffey, m.AmSAT, received her teacher certification from ACAT (2004), under the directorship of Joan Frost, and served as volunteer and Associate faculty (2004-2018) on the ACAT Teacher Certification Program.

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Rebecca is an Adjunct professor at Pace Performing Arts in the BFA program for Acting in Film, Television, Voice-Over & Commercials and Part-time Faculty at The New School, where she works with students fromJazz, Mannes, and Drama. Rebecca certified with Jessica Wolf as an Art of Breathing Instructor (2010) and continues to explore how the ways in which we breathe intersect with creativity, ease (in body and mind), balance, and movement. Rebecca holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, where she began her encounter with the Alexander Technique in 1994, and she attended the British American Drama Academy (London). Rebecca is an accomplished Alexander Technique teacher, whose private students have ranged in age from 9 to 102 years old. She maintains a dynamic private practice in Union Square, and sometimes, in Astoria, Queens. www.RebeccaTuffey.net

Lena Vidulich

Lena Vidulich is an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique in New York City. She teaches privately and serves as an Associate Faculty instructor of Alexander Technique at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Lena completed her 3-year, 1600 hour certification at the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique where she studied with second-generation teachers Nanette Walsh, Lori Schiff, and Caren Bayer.

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She is passionate about helping students find ease in daily activities and confidence in performance. Lena is also a violinist and violist who has performed across the U.S. and internationally, holding a BM from Northwestern University and MM from Manhattan School of Music with additional studies at Université de Paris 8 – Saint Denis. Connect at: http://lenavidulich.com/

Sue Wong

Susan Wong, m.AmSAT is a small batch producer of specialty baked goods, an AmSAT certified Alexander Technique teacher, a business transformation leader, a road cycler and a student of Pilates and QiGong.

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After years of searching for answers to unexplainable health challenges limiting her ability to do the most basic things like opening a jar not to mention all the things she’s most passionate about. It was through injuries and pain she developed a program built on a foundation that integrates her expertise into simple concepts for us to move with less effort doing the things that give us the greatest joy.

Visiting Teacher Affiliates

Melissa Brown

Melissa Brown is a graduate of the American Center for the Alexander Technique. She worked as a civil rights attorney for many years; however, her experience studying the Alexander Technique was so meaningful that she changed careers and became an AT teacher.

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Melissa enjoys teaching a wide range of students from actors to people dealing with stress, pain, or other physical issues. She teaches group classes and private lessons in her studio in NYC and conducts a weekly group class at the Manhattan JCC. She has also taught classes and presented workshops to actors at Seton Hall University, Iona State College, Jon Shear’s Studio, the Actors Connection, Marissa Lynn Studios, and Jaime Lozano’s international program that brings musical theatre students to NYC from Monterrey, Mexico. Before the pandemic, she taught residents at Haven House, a residential facility in East Harlem that provides assistance to HIV positive clients with substance use issues. Given her background as a civil rights attorney and commitment to advocacy work, it has been very important to her to be able to continue to work with people from underserved communities. Melissabrownnyc.com

Bill Connington

Bill Connington, m.AmSAT, is the former Chairman of the Board of the American Center for the Alexander Technique, and author of three books on the Alexander Technique, one co-authored with Judith Leibowitz. Bill is a Lecturer in Acting at Yale School of Drama, and has taught at the Juilliard School, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and the Actors Studio MFA Program.

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He is an actor and filmmaker; his next feature film is currently in editing. Bill is a graduate of ACAT and The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. https://www.bloomsbury.com/author/bill-connington

Emily Faulkner

Emily Faulkner has been an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1999, having received her training at the American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York City.  Faulkner is a faculty member at Movement Research, where her field of specialty is the application of the Alexander Technique to improvisation.  

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Coming from a dance background, she has danced with a coterie of downtown choreographers and presented her own work nationally and internationally through Emily Faulkner Dance.  Faulkner has expanded the usual reach of the Alexander Technique practice by working with blind and visually impaired students at the Lighthouse Guild and by working as the movement coach for Steady Buckets, a free youth basketball league which attracts racially and economically diverse kids and teens from all over the New York City.   Faulkner also teaches a yearly workshop in interview and presentation skills at the Dauphine University in Paris and for the English speaking debate Club at the Jussieu University.  She has served as an artistic visiting teacher at Wesleyan University.  And finally, she loves to ski! www.emilyfaulkner.com

Allison Foley

Allison Foley completed her AmSAT certified training in 1997 at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) in NYC. Fortunate to have visited London in 1999, she had lessons with Walter Carrington, Marjorie Barlow, and Peggy Williams. In 2004, she returned to attend Carrington’s summer refresher course.

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She was a faculty member of Barnard College for 10 years where she originated the Alexander Technique program in the Physical Education department. She has taught at the 92nd Street Y, Manhattan School of Music, Movement Research, Mindful Harlem, the July Program at Bennington College, and Hunter College. Allison came to the technique as a dancer/choreographer seeking ease and integrity. Her early lessons were with June Ekman, Eva Karczag, and Remy Charlip. The newfound creativity and freedom she experienced led to a long period of experimental dance-making and performing. Since training, she has been teaching on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and raising her son Walter. www.allisonfoley.net

Lindsay Newitter

Lindsay Newitter has studied the Alexander Technique since 1999 and completed her three-year Alexander Technique teacher training at ATNYC in 2007. She teaches private lessons and small group classes in mid-town Manhattan. She has taught Alexander Technique as a faculty member at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as offered workshops as a guest teacher at the Fordham University Drama Department. 

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She has served as a production rehearsal coach and co-teaches Free Your Body, Free Your Voice with a Linklater Method voice teacher. Lindsay earned her BFA in Drama from New York University in 2001.  An active member of AmSAT (The American Society for the Alexander Technique), Lindsay has been serving as the national Promotions Media Director of AmSAT since January 2011.  For more information please visit nyposturepolice.com

Kristin Mozeiko

Dr. Kristin Mozeiko, founder of Alexander Technique Brooklyn and ART of Releasing, is an AmSAT-certified Alexander Technique teacher. In 2008 she completed a three year 1,600-hour, teacher training program at ATNYC where she studied under John Nicholls and Nanette Walsh and later served on faculty as a teacher-trainer.

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In 2018 she completed a yearlong training under the guidance of Kate Freeman to become a certified Releasing coach. For 14 years, Dr. Mozeiko served on the faculty at Queens College, where she conducted the wind ensemble and taught music education courses and the Alexander Technique to musicians. Dr. Mozeiko holds degrees in music education (BA), French horn performance (MM) and a doctorate in music education (DMA). Her doctoral work focused on integrating the Alexander Technique with music education/performance and DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion), and this ongoing mission strongly informs her research, writing and other contributions to the advancement of music education and practice.
Languages Spoken: English, French.
https://www.artofreleasing.com/

Robin Schiff

Robin Schiff has been teaching the Alexander Technique for over 30 years, Pilates for almost 20. Her teaching experience includes 16 years teaching faculty and students at Brooklyn College, both Pilates and Alexander. She was on the faculty at Mannes Conservatory and RIAT, regularly subbed at the Actor’s Studio, gave workshops at the AmSAT meetings in San Francisco, Boston and New York, and has presented and led numerous and ongoing workshops throughout NYC and at several NY Alexander teacher trainings.

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Her previous work experience includes music therapist, youth orchestra conductor, programmer/analyst and supervising physical education student teachers. Robin teaches privately in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Roughly half her students take Alexander lessons and half combine Pilates and/or functional movement with the Alexander Technique.

Shelley Senter

Shelley Senter has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1994 (ACAT) and is an independent dance artist whose work has been presented throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Russia. She has been critically recognized and awarded for her distinct approach to movement, performance and pedagogy, investigating the application of the principles of the Alexander Technique to the performing body and mind and collaborating with distinguished artists from diverse disciplines for nearly thirty years.

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Her practice is rooted in the investigation of movement, the consciousness of kinesthetic experience, and the participation of the self in its continuous reorganization in time, space and imagination. Her interest as a dancer lies in improvisation, collaboration and experimentalism, and in the coordination or layering of simple and non-virtuous movement to create a virtuosic complexity. Current research includes embodied memory, the permanence of ephemeral experience, as well as conscious ‘seeing’. Senter teaches internationally and has a private practice in New York City.

Anne Waxman

Anne Waxman has been practicing the Alexander Technique for 30 years.   She is a teaching member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and was Senior Faculty at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) from 1987-1998, where she helped train many teachers who practice today.

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She has traveled nationally and internationally to Europe, Asia and Mexico presenting the Alexander Technique in Master Class format, small group classes and private lessons. Ms. Waxman maintains a private practice on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and most recently in East Jewett, NY. From Master classes in classical flute in Tokyo and Osaka, to massage therapists in Ohio, physical therapists at New York Hospital, dressage riders out in Long Island and singers at the Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Waxman continues to work in group and individual lessons ranging from performing artists and the general public.