Meet the Faculty and Administrators

Lyn Charlsen Klein photo Lyn Charlsen Klein, Director, Head of Training, Senior Faculty & Vice-President received a B.A. in English from UCLA where she also studied for a Masters Degree in Dance. Lyn was certified to teach the Alexander Technique in 1977, training with Frank Ottiwell and Giora Pinkas at the American Society for the Alexander Technique (A.C.A.T.) in San Francisco. Lyn is currently the Head of Training at ATI-LA. She taught the Alexander Technique at the USC School of Theater from 1980 to 1995 and for the California State University at Los Angeles from 1989 to 1999. Lyn has given lecture/demonstrations and conducted courses for Alexander training programs and the general public in the U.S. and abroad. She has a private practice in Santa Monica and Van Nuys, California. www.atinstitutela.com.
 
Sydney Laurel Harris photo Sydney Laurel Harris, Senior Faculty & President received her B.A.in Theater from the University of Minnesota. She was subsequently certified at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (A.C.A.T.) in San Francisco, 1977, where she continued as an assistant trainer for seven years. Although her primary teachers were Frank Ottiwell and Giora Pinkas, she had the opportunity to do post-graduate work with Marjorie Barstow, Patrick Macdonald and Walter and Dilys Carrington. In addition to her private practice and teacher-training at ATI-LA, Sydney has taught the Technique in pain clinics as well as in numerous academic and arts institutions including the music department of the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and The Music Academy of the West. www.alexanderusa.com.
   
Pamela Blank photo Pamela Blanc,Senior Faculty, CFO & Vice President received her Alexander Teacher Training with Frank Ottiwell and Giora Pinkas at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (A.C.A.T.) in San Francisco (1979) and continued her studies with Marjorie Barstow (1978-1987); Patrick Macdonald (1976-1980); and Walter and Dilys Carrington. Pamela is a Founding Director (1987), Senior Faculty Member and oversees Continuing Education Seminars for ATI-LA. She is Senior Teacher of Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing. Pamela presents to Alexander Teachers Nationally and Internationally and has recently presented master classes in the Alexander Technique for musicians at Chapman University, California State Fullerton, USC, The Los Angeles Children’s’ Chorus and privately to LAOpera Young Artists. Pamela has a private practice in Los Angeles www.pamelablanc.com.
   
Frances Marsden photo Frances Marsden, Director, Senior Faculty & Secretary received a B.A. in Sociology from Liverpool University and a Diploma of Education from Leicester University. She trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Frances was certified to teach the Alexander Technique at the Constructive Teaching Center with Walter and Dilys Carrington in 1981, and followed this with postgraduate work at the Alexander Technique Center Urbana with Joan and Alex Murray. Frances has taught the Alexander Technique at California State University of Los Angeles from 2000-2010 and at USC through the Vocal Department from 2007 to 2013. Frances currently teaches at the Claremont Clarinet Festival, Shakespeare at the Huntington and Occidental College and at her Pasadena studio. www.artofmovement.com
   
Michael D. Frederick photo Michael D. Frederick, Director & Senior Faculty received his B.Sc. in 1967 from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Alexander Technique Teacher trained by Walter & Dilys Carrington in London certifying in 1978 by The Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (STAT). Postgraduate work with first generation master Alexander Teachers Marjory Barlow, Elisabeth Walker, and Marjorie Barstow. He is founding director of the first three International Congresses on the Alexander Technique and is Director of Alexander Technique Workshops International. Michael also trained as an actor at The Bristol Old Vic Theater School and in the work of Sanford Meisner. He is currently teaching the Alexander Technique at The Baron-Brown Studio in Los Angeles. Michael is a former Chairman of the American Society for the AlexanderTechnique (AmSAT).www.alexandertechniqueworkshops.com.
   
Babette Markus photo Babette Markus, Director & Senior Faculty received certification as an Alexander Technique teacher at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT), New York, in 1979. She completed a year-long post-graduate course through ACAT, The Art of Breathing, taught by Jessica Wolf of Yale University in 2006. Training). Babette is a Professor in the School of Theater at both USC and California Institute of the Arts. She has a specialty in working with people with repetitive strain injuries, including musicians, athletes, and computer users. She taught “Alexander Technique for Fitness Instructors” and “Ergonomics and Alexander Technique” at UCLA Extension for many years. She has an extensive dance and movement background, and maintains a private practice in Los Angeles. www.babettemarkus.com.
   
Jean-Louis Rodrigue photo Jean-Louis Rodrigue, Director, received certification from Frank Ottiwell and Giora Pinkas at ACAT-SF in 1980.Since 1988, he has been a member of the faculty at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Jean-Louis has taught at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, Verbier Festival & Academy, and New World Symphony. He has trained and coached actors at Berlinale Talents, Royal Shakespeare Company, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Cirque du Soleil, and on Broadway.Jean-Louis has been teaching workshops through AlexanderTech Works in Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Switzerland, Australia and throughout the U.S. www.alexandertechworks.com.
   
Julia Caulder photo Julia Caulder, Faculty received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Southern California and a Master of Music Degree from Northwestern University. She has sung professionally with the Los Angeles Opera and Opera Pacific. Julia is an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. She was also credentialed in The Art of Breathing with Jessica Wolf in New York City. She teaches the Alexander Technique at Mount St. Mary’s College, The Laura Henry Acting Studio, and privately in Santa Monica, California. Julia has taught classes at Santa Monica College Extension and done workshops at Google, The University of Southern California School of Music, Pepperdine School of Music, and Santa Monica College Music Department. www.thealexandertechniqueofsantamonica.com.