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Amanda Blair MacDonald, Member-at-Large

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AmSAT Service

  • Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: July 2022-present
  • Membership Committee, Chair: 2019-present
  • Taking Time To Connect, Curator and Host: 2020-present
  • Training Standards and Course Requirements Committee, Secretary: 2014-2018
  • ACGM Committee, Chicago 2013
  • Certificate of Merit recipient: July 2021
  • Distinguished Service Award recipient: June 2020

Education and Certifications

  • Alexander Technique Teacher Training: Habit & Choice, Balance Arts, The Dimon Institute, Certified 2006
  • Post-Graduate work with Beret Arcara, Joan & Alex Murray, Luc Vanier, Alice Olsher, and Mio Morales
  • MFA in Dance, The University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee
  • R-MPA - Registered Movement Pattern Analyst with the Warren Lamb Trust
  • Pedagogy and Developmental Movement studies with Anne Green Gilbert
  • Certificate in Musical Theater Performance, American Musical and Dramatic Academy-NY
  • BA in Theatre, emphasis in Music, The University of the South, Sewanee, TN

Teaching and Admin

  • Faculty, DePaul University School of Music: 2019 - present
  • Private Practice in Alexander Technique: 2006 - present
  • Group Teaching includes: American Academy of Dramatic Art-NY, American Musical and Dramatic Academy-NY, The Ailey School, the 92nd Street Y, The Joffrey Academy, Near North Montessori School, and many other schools as a teaching artist 
  • Workshops for Teachers includes: Ann Green Gilbert’s Summer Dance Intensive for Teachers, Chicago Lights Dance Academy Professional Development Series, Bay Area Parkinson’s Group Teaching Methods Class, multiple teacher workshops at elementary schools, and workshops for AmSAT, WLT & NDEO conferences
  • Management includes: House Manager for Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and the Director’s Guild of America-NY; Dance Coordinator for The New School Summer Musical Theatre Immersion Experience; Program Manager for Chicago Lights Summer Dance Intensive; and organizer of multiple dance concerts


  • AT Congress volunteer: Chicago 2018
  • Co-Founder and Treasurer of Chicago Alexander Teachers (CAT)
  • TEDx DePaul: How We Move is How We Think: 2019

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