Faculty

Faculty

Our faculty draw from diverse fields of expertise and professional experience in a wide variety of institutional and performing arts settings. They are committed to life-long learning and growth on an individual and collective basis.

Nan Walsh

Nan Walsh, m.AmSAT, M.F.A., M.A. is the founder and director of RIAT (Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique) Teacher Certification Program (2014-present). Prior to directing RIAT, she co-directed Alexander Technique New York City; she has graduated over sixty AmSAT certified teachers. Nan is also the founder and Executive Director of RIAT’s umbrella nonprofit organization, Sapientia Initiative, Inc. (2020). She is author of Unsmudged: An Encounter with Peggy Williams, a First Generation Teacher of the Alexander Technique. She received her teacher certification in 1995 after training at ACAT; and subsequently undertook extensive post-graduate work in London with first generation teachers Peggy Williams and Walter Carrington.

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Nan holds a M.A in Psychology and Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary (2021), and a M.F.A in Art Media Studies from Syracuse University (1982).

She served on AmSAT’s Board of Directors in 2009-2011, and served an extended tenure as AmSAT’s Chair (2010-2011); she served on AmSAT’s Leadership Advisory Council (2012-2014); and the Professional Conduct Committee (2008). Nan was awarded AmSAT’s Certificate of Merit in 2012.

Nan is also a long standing practitioner of tai chi, western style boxing, contemplative meditation, and depth psychology.

Lori Schiff

Lori Schiff, m.AmSAT, is an associate director  and senior faculty member of RIAT .She is a full time faculty member of The Juilliard School, and Guest Teaching Artist at the New World Symphony.  She has served as the Alexander Technique Teacher on the faculty at The Aspen Music Festival and School, The Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist’s Program, the 92nd Street Y, The Internationale Meistersinger Akademie, and The American Center for The Alexander Technique.

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Ms. Schiff qualified at ACAT in 1987. She did post graduate work with the Carringtons and the teachers at The Constructive Teaching Centre in London.She has introduced the Alexander Technique to groups and institutions across the country including Master Classes at The Metropolitan Opera, West Point Military Academy, The San Diego Symphony, Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras, National Youth Orchestra of China, The New York Youth Symphony, and Aspen Sports Medicine.She has presented classes to Teachers of the Alexander Technique at AmSAT Meetings in San Francisco, Ann Arbor, Las Vegas, New York City, Boston and Minneapolis. She was a guest speaker at The International Congress for the Alexander Technique in Lugano, Switzerland. Ms. Schiff is the founding Director of Flight Feather Productions, LLC.She maintains her private practice in New York City. More information and a link to her video, The Alexander Technique: Musician’s Method for Improvement can be found at www.lorischiff.com
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Ariel Carson

Ariel Carsonm.AmSAT, SEP, is an associate director and faculty member at RIAT.  She received  her AmSAT teaching certification through Alexander Technique New York City (ATNYC), headed by teachers Nan Walsh and John Nicholls.

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Ariel is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, and SE training assistant. She has assisted at The Juilliard School, and guest taught at Boston University where she earned her BFA. She has also been a guest teacher at The Colburn School, and Saint Ann’s School. Ariel previously worked as a teaching artist for the Leadership Program, teaching leadership skills through the arts to under-served students in New York City public schools. She is the organizer of the Healing for Activists NYC chapter. From her work with U.S. veterans, to performers, to activists, to the LGBTQ+ community, Ariel is most interested in teaching the Alexander Technique as part of a holistic and multifaceted approach to cultivating greater sustainability, vitality, and freedom in the body-minds of her current and future clients. www.wavesomatics.com


Caren Bayer

Caren Bayer, m.AmSAT, received her certification from Patrick MacDonald in London in 1984. Since then, she has maintained a private practice in New York City as well as leading workshops in Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Japan, England, and Canada. 

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After inheriting Rivka Cohen’s training program, Caren opened Manhattan Center for the Alexander Technique, certifying teachers from 2001-2014. She has been on the faculty of Pacific College for Oriental Medicine and the New School for Social Research. As a former dancer and longtime student of the martial arts, Caren brings 40 years of movement research to her teaching.

Peggy Florin

Peggy Florinm.AmSAT, MFA (1989) Bennington College, completed her AmSAT certified training( 2014) at the Manhattan Center for the Alexander Technique under the direction of Caren Bayer.

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Peggy has been a dancer, choreographer and teacher for many years. Her initial Alexander studies began in the late ‘80‘s, with Kate Judd, and later with Alex Farkas, Giora Pinkas, Eva Karczag and Nanette Walsh. After receiving an MFA in Dance she was appointed to the dance faculty at Bennington College where she taught for twenty years. She then became an Associate Professor of Dance at Bard College, where she teaches ballet, modern dance and the Alexander Technique. In her private Alexander practice, Peggy integrates her years of study of anatomy & movement to awaken and facilitate grounding, ease and expansiveness in her students.

Nadav Nazarathy

Nadav Nazarathy, m.AmSAT, completed his AmSAT certified training (1600 hours) at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique headed by Nan Walsh and associate directors Lori Schiff & Ariel Carson.

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Nadav is also a jazz pianist in training and holds a degree in jazz performance (BFA, 2017) from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he first began to study the Alexander Technique with Caren Bayer, Rebecca Tuffey and Cynthia Reynolds. Upon graduating the New School, he immediately began his Alexander Technique teacher training and graduated as a certified teacher in 2020. Nadav maintains a private practice of teaching the Technique alongside performances with jazz ensembles in New York and abroad, while also teaching piano in ways which are influenced by the principles of the Technique. Currently residing in Chelsea, New York, Nadav is faculty at the teacher’s training course at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique, while also teaching people from diverse backgrounds individually and in groups.

Max Rosenak

Max Rosenak, m.AmSAT, is an actor, director, voice coach, acting coach, and an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. He has taught at NYU Tisch, AADA, AMAW, RIAT and more.

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He studied voice, text and Shakespeare with master voice teacher Patsy Rodenburg, and is a Rodenburg Registered Teacher (RRT) of voice & text. He received his MFA in Acting from A.C.T in San Francisco and his BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University. Max has directed Shakespeare productions for NYU-Meisner, The Atlantic Acting School among others. He is is a founding company member of the Seattle living wage theatre company The Williams Project, and has performed with them for the last eight years. He has performed regionally at The Pittsburgh Public, The American Conservatory Theater, The Huntington Theatre Company, The Olney Theatre Center, The Magic Theater among others. Max is co-founder of the Hudson Alexander Technique Collective, and maintains a private practice where he focuses on helping performers cultivate the inner resources needed to express themselves fully and powerfully. www.maxrosenak.com | thewilliamsproject.org

Serena Venditto

Serena Venditto, m.AmSAT, completed her 1600 hours of AmSAT training at the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique (RIAT) headed by Nan Walsh and associate directors Lori Schiff & Ariel Carson.

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As a recovering perfectionist and chronic over-thinker, Serena learned how to be more present and move with more freedom through the Alexander Technique. Now, she wants to share this work with others who want to connect more fully to themselves and the world around them.

Fanny Wyrick-Flax

Fanny Wyrick-Flax, m.AmSAT, began studying the Alexander Technique in 2011 and completed her certification in 2022. Fanny is a member of The Juilliard School’s Alexander Technique Faculty in the Music Division and serves as Assistant Faculty at the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique. She has been a guest teacher at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts, The Juilliard Preparatory Division, Orchestrating Dreams, and Sapientia Initiative’s AT for All. Fanny has also been an Assistant Faculty member in Alexander Technique at Manhattan School of Music and at The Fordham Theatre Program.

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In private lessons and group classes, Fanny helps people to access efficiency, coordination, and confidence in their daily lives. Drawing from her background as a professional flutist, Fanny works with performing artists to address and prevent performance-related injuries, cultivate openness and curiosity in the practice room, and tap into balanced fluidity and resonance on stage.

Fanny attended the Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique, a three-year training course certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT). She trained with second-generation teachers Nan Walsh, Lori Schiff, and Caren Bayer.

Fanny teaches private lessons in Manhattan’s Flatiron District and on the Upper West Side. For more information, visit www.fannywyrickflax.com or follow her on IG @fawylax.