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

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. 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).

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. 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. 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.

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. 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

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. 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 maintains a private teaching practice in Midtown Manhattan and on the Upper West Side. Adele is also an accomplished modern dancer and has enjoyed a long performing and teaching career in NYC and abroad; 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 teaches both private and group Alexander Technique lessons in midtown Manhattan, Dutchess County, NY, and online. 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). She has extensive training and experience in education, early childhood yoga, Tai Chi, and movement, and loves sharing the benefits of the Alexander Technique with people of all ages. Becky assisted Emily Faulkner in teaching 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, Becky holds a Masters of Early Childhood Education from Bank Street College of Education and a Masters of Library Science from the University of Missouri. Connect with Becky at myeverydayposture.com.

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. 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/ 

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. 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. 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.  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

Witold Fitz-Simon

Witold Fitz-Simon has been teaching yoga since 2000 and the Alexander Technique since 2014. He is a certified yoga instructor at the 500-hour level as a graduate of the Yoga Room Berkeley’s Advanced Studies Program under his mentor, Donald Moyer. A nationally certified Alexander Technique teacher, he served as a faculty member at the American Center for the Alexander Technique’s teacher training program, and has taught actors, athletes, writers, musicians, lawyers, yoga teachers, and knitters in his private practice in New York City and Portland, ME. Witold combines his practice of yoga, Alexander Technique, embodied anatomy, and developmental movement into a lively somatic approach to self-expression and the body.

Alison 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. 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.  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

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. 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. 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. 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. 

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