Blanc, Marsden, Harris, Markus

Babette Markus

Babette Markus is a founding member and Co-Director serving on the faculty of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles (ATI-LA). She currently teaches the Alexander Technique in the School of Theater at both the University of Southern California and at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, where she has also taught in the Schools of Music and Dance. Babette Markus has a specialty in working with people with repetitive strain injuries, including musicians, athletes, and computer users. She taught “Ergonomics and Alexander Technique” and “Alexander Technique for Fitness Instructors” at UCLA Extension for many years. She holds a degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Certificate from the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT, 1979), New York City. She completed a year-long (2006-7) post-graduate course, The Art of Breathing, taught by Jessica Wolf of Yale University. She is past President of the American Center for the Alexander Technique, West, and member of AMSAT. Babette has extensive dance and movement background. She lives and has a private practice in Los Angeles on the Westside.

BIO for 2018 Congress Pamela Blanc

PAMELA BLANC, M.AmSAT, certified 1979 ACAT-San Francisco with Frank Ottiwell and Giora Pinkas. Pamela is a founding Director (1987) and a Senior Training Teacher at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles (ATI-LA); oversees the Continuing Education Program for ATI-LA; and hosts an AT Book Club! In addition to teaching at ATI-LA, Pamela is the Alexander teacher contracted to work with the Los Angeles Opera Young Artist Program; currently teaches two full days/week in the Music Conservatory at Chapman University; has her private practice in Los Angeles, California; and is the Senior Teacher of Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing.

Bio for 2018 Congress Sydney Harris

Sydney Laurel Harris, 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. Sydney is a founding Director of ATI-LA.

Bio for 2018 Congress Frances Marsden

Frances trained as an Alexander teacher at the Constructive Teaching Center in London with Walter and Dilys Carrington and has been teaching for thirty five years. She completed two years postgraduate work at the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique, directed by Joan and Alex Murray. She has taught at University of Southern California and California State University at Los Angeles and currently teaches at Occidental College. She also teaches for Shakespeare at the Huntington, the Claremont Clarinet Festival and Alexander Technique Workshops-International. She maintains a private practice in Pasadena, California.

Bio for Congress 2018 Lyn Charlsen Klein

Lyn has a B.A. in English from UCLA. She has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1977, training in San Francisco with Frank Ottiwell and Giora Pinkas. From 1978 through 1992 Lyn taught at various Colleges and Universities including Pomona College, USC, California State University at Los Angeles. She also gave lecture demonstrations and classes to various organizations including high schools and professional conferences. A founding member with colleagues of The Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles, Lyn has been a Co-Director, Director and again Co-Director of the school. She has also served on AmSAT’s Board of Directors and Training Approval Committee. Lyn has taught privately since 1977.