The Board

 

The AmSAT Mission

To establish the Alexander Technique as a basic and recognized resource for health, productivity, and well-being.

AmSAT Board of Directors 2021-2022

Matthew Dubroff

Chair

Matthew Dubroff

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  • AmSAT Chair: November 2020 - present
  • AmSAT Chair Elect: July - November 2020
  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: June 2014 - June 2020
  • ACGM Coordinator, 2005
  • Alexander Technique Certified from ATTC-VA, 2002
  • Founding Member and performer, Theatre Nohgaku, 2000 - present
  • Teacher of Wu Style Tai Ji, 1999 - present
  • Professor of Theatre, Hampden-Sydney College, 1999 - present
  • Monbusho Scholarship for Post-Graduate Studies, Japan, 1997 - 1999
  • M.F.A., Asian Theatre Performance, The University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 1997
  • B.A. Theatre, Williams College, 1990

Matthew Dubroff

Past Chair

Geordie MacMInn

Chair Elect

Geordie MacMInn

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  • AmSAT Chair Elect: July 2021
  • AmSAT Training Course Approval Committee Member: August 2020-July 2021
  • AmSAT Higher Education & Professional Training Committee Chair, September 2003-June 2010
  • Professor of Voice & Alexander Technique, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Drama, 2003 - Present. 
  • 2013 University of North Carolina Board of Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • Alexander Technique Certified from ATI-LA, June 2001
  • Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, 2007
  • Jessica Wolf’s The Art of Breathing, Certified Teacher 2003
  • Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, expected completion 2022
  • Other trainings and modalities of practice: Psychodrama, Psychodramatic Bodywork, The Actor’s Secret with Betsy Polatin, Michael Checkov Acting Technique, Pure Movement, post-graduate training with John Nicholls 
  • B.A. Theatre Arts, Acting: California State University Fullerton, 1998

Renee Schneider

Secretary

Renee Schneider

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Secretary: July 2021 - present
  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: July 2020 - July 2021
  • Chair of ACGM 2019 New York: "Our Community's Future: Diversity, Equity and Belonging"
  • Occasionally assists with Rose Bronec's training course in Urbana, Illinois
  • Alexander Teaching in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
  • Member of the Alexander Technique Diversity Coalition 2016-present
  • Owner of Coqui Baby Cloth Diaper Company www.coquibaby.com
  • Graduated in 2012 from Joan and Alex Murray's course, Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique
  • Owner of Baan Aksorn Thai Language School for expats www.baanaksorn.com in Bangkok
  • MBA in International Business from Thunderbird University/Arizona State University
  • UCLA B.A. British Literature and minor in Asian American Studies
  • English teacher in Peace Corps, Kyrgyz Republic
  • Fourth-generation Japanese American
  • Other modalities of practice: Somatic Experiencing, Somatic Resilience and Regulation, The Experience-Based Brain, Ortho-Bionomy, Reiki, classical Thai massage (Wat Po Massage School)
  • Other interests:  being a mom, being an entrepreneur, classical guitar, literacy, work in diversity and equity issues



Rick Carbaugh

Treasurer

Rick Carbaugh

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  • AmSAT Borad of Directors Treasurer: July 2018 - present
  • AmSAT Board of Directors Past Chair: June 2018 - July 2018
  • AmSAT Board of Directors Chair: June 2014 - June 2017
  • AmSAT Board of Directors Chair-Elect: February 2014 - June 2014
  • AmSAT Member-at-Large: June 2013 - February 2014
  • Director, Alexander Technique Urbana, Urbana, IL
  • AmSAT Certified, Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique, 1994
  • 30+ years business experience in Restaurant Management
  • BA English, Psychology minor - Grinnell College, Grinnell IA

Rachel Bernsen, Member-at-Large

Rachel Bernsen, Member-at-Large

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-large, 2021-present / 2009-2011
  • National Certification, American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT), 2008
  • Private practice, White River Junction, VT, 2021 / New Haven, CT 2008-2020
  • Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing certification, 2022
  • Feldenkrais ATM teacher, 2022
  • Dancer, choreographer, interdisciplinary artist
  • Teacher at universities, conferences, festivals, USA, abroad, 2008-present
  • MFA Dance, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU, 2001
  • BA English, Macalester College, 1997
  • See full bio: rachelbernsenat.com , for dance: rachelbernsen.com 

Photo credit, Ben DeFLorio

Lisa DeAngelis, Member-at-Large

Lisa DeAngelis, Member-at-Large

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: July 2019 - present
  • AmSAT Chair, Management Review Committee: 2015 - present
  • Organizer/Assistant to the Directors of the 9th International AT Congress, Limerick, Ireland, 2015
  • Organizer/Assistant, Presence in Performance Workshop, Pomona College, Pasadena, CA, 2015
  • Faculty Member, Alexander Technique with Elm City ChamberFest in New Haven, CT, 2015-2017
  • Organizer/Teacher, Alexander Technique Workshops International in Malibu, CA and Winston-Salem, NC 2013-2015
  • Organizational Coordinator for Rachel Zahn's "Experiencing the Embodied Mind" Project in Gargonza, Italy, 2013
  • AmSAT Chair, ACGM and ACGM Planning Committee, Chicago, 2013
  • AmSAT Certified Alexander Technique Training with Joan and Alex Murray at Alexander Technique Center Urbana (ATCU) 2009
  • Private teaching practice in Chicago since 2010
  • Co-founder, Chicago Alexander Teachers (CAT)
  • President, Lyric Opera of Chicago's Young Professionals Board, 2017-present 
  • BME in Music Education (Voice) from University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign

Emily Faulkner, Member-at-Large

Emily Faulkner, Member-at-Large

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CONTINUING EDUCATION

  • Adaptive/Wheelchair Tai Chi, 18 hours, Veterans Administration, spring 2021
  • Alexander Technique Science Workshop (alexandertechniquescience.com), 11 hours, Spring and Summer 2020, Spring 2019

EMPLOYMENT

  • Brooklyn Harbor Healthcare, Veterans Administration, Pain Management Department, Alexander Technique teacher, (2019-present)
  • Movement Research, faculty, world-renowned experimental dance academy; teach Alexander Technique and improvisation. (2010-present)
  • Riverside Initiative Alexander Technique (RIAT), Affiliate Faculty Member, New York, NY (2018-present)
  • Université Dauphine, Paris, France; guest lecturer/workshop, Alexander Technique and presentation skills, interview skills (2017-present)
  • Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France; guest lecturer/workshop, English speaking debate club, Alexander Technique and debate skills (2017-present)
  • Steady Buckets (youth basketball league), movement coach/Alexander teacher (2010-2019)
  • Lighthouse Guild for the Blind and Visually impaired, instructor, Dance/Alexander Technique. (February 2018-2020)
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT; guest Artist (2010)
  • Emily Faulkner Dance, Artistic Director (2010 – 2020)

EDUCATION

  • Wesleyan University (1986) - majored in biology and dance, with honors in dance
  • American Center for the Alexander Technique (1999) – 3-year AMSAT certified training program

 

Jill Guillermo-Togawa, Member-at-Large

Jill Guillermo-Togawa, Member-at-Large

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  • AmSAT Board of Directors, Member-at-Large: July 2021 – present
  • Parents for Public Schools, member, 2021-present
  • Lecturer, University of Hawai‘I Department of Theatre and Dance, 2014 - present
  • Founder/Artistic Director, Purple Moon Dance Project 1992-present
  • Private Teaching practice San Francisco 1988-2012
  • Private Teaching practice Honolulu, 1988-present
  • AmSAT certified, Alexander Training Institute, San Francisco, 1988
  • Professional Dancer based in New York, California, Hawai‘I, 197
  • B.A. Dance/Liberal Studies, University of Hawai‘I 1974

Erin O'Leary, Member at Large

Erin O'Leary, Member at Large

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  • AmSAT Board, Member-at-Large, July 2021–present
  • AmSAT Committee for AT and the Performing Arts (CATPA); 2017-present
  • AmSAT certified, ATNYC (J. Nicholls / N. Walsh); 2013
  • Private teaching practice in NYC; 2013-present
  • Guest Faculty at National Theater Institute, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; 2019-present
  • Adjunct Faculty at The Juilliard School, Drama Division; 2015-present 
  • Associate Faculty at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts; 2015-present
  • Guest Faculty at University of TN, Dept of Theater and School of Music; 2013-2015
  • MFA Acting-  The University of Tennessee, Clarence Brown Theater, Knoxville, TN
  • BFA Acting- DePaul University, Theater School, Chicago, IL

 

Ruth Rootberg, Member at Large

Ruth Rootberg, Member at Large

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  • AmSAT Board, Member-at-Large, July 2021–present
  • AmSAT Membership Committee, 2000–present
  • AmSAT Chair of Professional Conduct Committee, 2013–2018
  • AmSAT News, AmSAT Journal, Advisor, Editor (Associate and Interim), Production Manager, Proofreader, staff writer, 2004–2018 (not all at once!)
  • AmSAT Distinguished Service Award: 2017
  • AmSAT Certificate of Merit: 2014, 2011
  • AmSAT Policy and Procedures Project, 2010–11, 2016
  • AmSAT Credentials Review Committee, 2006–2007
  • AmSAT Marketing Committee: Archivist, 2003–2009
  • AmSAT Raising More Money Team, 2003–2004
  • AmSAT Florence Office Volunteer, 2000–2003
  • Author: “Handing the Experience to the Pupil” and other articles, AmSAT News/AmSAT Journal
  • Author: Living the Alexander Technique, Volumes I and II (2015; 2018)
  • Alexander Technique School of New England, Amherst, MA: Certified 2003
  • Laban Movement Analysis, certified 2000
  • Group Leadership Training, 1997­–98
  • Associate Professor, Yale School of Drama, 1995–2000
  • Adjunct Faculty, Theatre School of DePaul, 1993–1995
  • Adjunct Faculty, Northern Illinois University, 1992–1993
  • Linklater Voice Training, designation 1993
  • M.A. and M.E.d. in Interdisciplinary Arts in Education, Columbia College, 1918, 1983
  • Professional singer, puppeteer, clown
  • Zurich International Opera Center, student and professional opera singer in Switzerland, 1974-1976
  • M.M. voice, New England Conservatory of Music, 1974
  • B.M. voice, New England Conservatory of Music, 1972
  • B.A. Tufts University, Magna Cum Laude, psychology and music, 1971 (AT with Frank Pierce Jones)
  • Interests:  writing, reading, theatre, film, family, Sudoku

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Fabio Tavares, Member at Large

Fabio Tavares, Member at Large

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  • AmSAT Board, Member-at-Large, July 2021-present 
  • AmSAT Committee “Judith Leibowitz Scholarship Fund” 2019-present 
  • Co-founding member of Alexander Technique Diversity Coalition 2016-present
  • Movement Research Faculty 2018-present 
  • Faculty Yale School of Drama Spring 2022
  • PACE University faculty  2014-2017 
  • AmSAT Certified ACAT 2014
  • Certified Zero Balancing Practitioner 2013
  • Certified Klein Technique™ Teacher 2009
  • Dancer, Actor & Acrobat 
  • STREB -EXTREME ACTION Dance Company 2003-2017 
  • Circus Amok 2003 & 2018
  • Brazilian, Queer and Tattooed 
  • Teacher and Performer in the USA, Brazil and Europe 1995-present 
  • For the whole thing please go to healthandpoise.com

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Eleanor Taylor, Member at Large

Eleanor Taylor, Member at Large

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  • AmSAT Board Member-at-Large: 2021
  • AmSAT Committee for the Alexander Technique in the Performing Arts (CATPA): 2018-present
  • AmSAT Marketing Committee: Head of Strategic Brand Initiative Team 2020-present
  • AmSAT Slogan Committee: 2019-2020 (committee retired upon completion of charge)
  • Faculty at Riverside Initiative for the Alexander Technique (RIAT) AmSAT Teacher-Training Course, 2017-present
  • Alexander Technique Faculty at Manhattan School of Music, American Academy of Dramatic Arts and Respiro Opera
  • Completed Teacher Training at ATNYC with John Nicholls and Nanette Walsh, 2014
  • Post-graduate training in Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing and Betsy Polatin’s The Actor’s Secret methods
  • B.M. Vocal Performance from New England Conservatory (1993) and M.M. Vocal Performance from University of Minnesota (Graduate Fellowship Recipient, 2000)