COMPANION

Joyce Roberts

Joyce Roberts (1905–1996), South African teacher of the Alexander Technique.

Joyce Roberts assisted Irene Tasker for several years in a way which amounted to an apprenticeship training. As Irene Tasker had no authority from F. M. Alexander to train teachers she did not qualify her, and would not for many years acknowledge Robert’s training. During the World War II Roberts would use her knowledge of the Technique, in her job of providing occupational therapy, to wounded and maimed soldiers. In 1957 she sailed to England where she met and befriended Alexander teachers. In 1974 she was awarded a teaching certificate by STAT. She started training teachers in 1980.[1]

Descriptions

Apart from the obituary by Marguerite van der Merwe in Direction,[2] there is only a reference to training with Joyce Roberts in Schapera’s autobiography, Everyday Magic.[3]

Obituary

  • ‘Joyce Roberts’ by Marguerite van der Merwe.[4] Also published in STATNews vol. 4, no. 17.[5]
References
[1] ‘Joyce Roberts’ by Marguerite van der Merwe in Direction vol. 2 no. 5 (Fyncot Pty, 1997), insert pp. 2-3.
[2] ‘Joyce Roberts’ by Marguerite van der Merwe in Direction vol. 2 no. 5 (Fyncot Pty, 1997), insert pp. 2-3.
[3] Everyday Magic by Vivien Singer Schapera (FourWinds Academy Press, 2002), pp. 92-93.
[4] ‘Joyce Roberts’ by Marguerite van der Merwe in Direction vol. 2 no. 5 (Fyncot Pty, 1997), insert pp. 2-3.
[5] ‘Joyce Roberts’ by Marguerite van der Merwe in STATNews vol. 4, no. 17 edited by Malcolm Williamson (STAT, January 1997), pp. 9–10.