COMPANION

Later Generation Teachers

Dilys Carrington, Peggy Williams

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...
Judith Leibowitz (1920–1990), US teacher of the Alexander Technique. Life Judith Leibowitz was 14 when she was paralysed from the waist down with polio. After many months of immobilization she undertook an intensive regime of physical therapy and could then walk again with braces and crutches. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a major in biology. She started having lessons first with Alma Frank and later with Lulie Westfeldt. She then trained as a teacher with Lulie Westfeldt[1] and qualified in 1949.[2] She began teaching in 1952.[3] In the early 1950s she went to London...
Lena Frederick (1944-1997), US teacher of the Alexander Technique. Life Lena was born in Zurich, grew up in Switzerland, Lebanon and the US. She graduated with honors from Harvard University, followed by an MFA degree in theatre directing from the Yale School of Drama. She married Michael D. Frederick. They trained together at the Constructive Teaching Centre with Walter and Dilys Carrington and qualified in 1978. Upon returning to the US she studied with Marjorie Barstow and for 17 years she produced plays at the Oak Grove School in Ojai, California.[1] [2] Writings She wrote...
Misha Magidov Misha Magidov (1929–2019) Israeli teacher and and Head of Training. Life Misha Magidov was born in a small village in Palestine. At the age of 14 he joined a kibbutz (Gevah, in the Israel Valley) and later joined the Israel Army where he rose to the rank of Captain. He started having lessons in the Technique with Schmuel Nelken. Misha moved with his family to London in 1961 in order to join Patrick Macdonald’s training course. Upon qualifying as a teacher of the Technique Misha taught for some years in Israel, moved to London again in 1973, and then back to...
Paul Collins (1926-1995), British violinist, runner, Alexander Technique teacher, and Head of Training. Life Paul Collins was born in London and raised in Canada. He was educated at Acadia University, but being a a violin prodigy from an early age, he attended the Julliard Graduate School, and Yale music school. He returned to London where he studied with Professor Max Rostal at the Guildhall School of Music, London, and joined the New Music Ensemble. From the age of 14 he also pursued a career as a long-distance runner. He was Canadian marathon champion three times, 1949–52, and...
Peggy Williams (1916-2003), British teacher of the Alexander Technique. Life Peggy Williams, born Goldstone, in Manchester. In 1938 she married Louis Nixon and moved to London. She started having lessons with F. M. Alexander and started his teachers’ training course in September 1947. She graduated in February 1955, and she stayed on to assist on the training course, assisting other teachers after Alexander’s death in October 1955. She continued to assist Walter Carrington when the training course moved to 18 Lansdowne Road in 1960 and it continued as the Constructive...
Rachel Zahn (1943-2017), US teacher of the Alexander Technique who promoted Francisco Varela’s approach of how mental experience could be studied scientifically. Education Rachel Zahn first received theatre training at the University of Maryland and Catholic University. She received a study grant from the American Conservatory Theatre and trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique from the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) 1966–69. During the 1970s, she studied with Moshe Feldenkrais, Charlotte Selver, and Elaine Summers. She became an assistant to...
Ray Evans (1929-2005), British teacher of the Alexander Technique. Life Ray Evans worked in the Royal Navy as an engineering officer. He went on to work for Vickers and the Atomic Energy Authority. While lecturing in engineering design at Aylesbury College he became a yoga teacher. Through contacts with other yoga teachers he got to know of the Alexander Technique, and he then trained at the Constructive Teaching Centre 1977–80. Ray Evans worked at a number of Alexander teacher training courses before he started his own teachers training course, the Re-Education Centre in 1987...
Ron Murdoch (1941–2018), Canadian classical singer and teacher of the Alexander Technique. Ron Murdoch grew up in Nova Scotia. He studied music at Mount Allison University and through a grant went on to study singing in Montreal. He came to Europe at the age of 27 to study with Frederick Husler in Switzerland. (He later inherited the unpublished writings, recordings and drawings of Frederick Husler and Yvonne Rodd-Marling.) He moved to England which for many years would be his base for travelling and touring internationally as a soloist. He started having lessons with Betty...
Rosemary (‘Rome’) Roberts Earle (1929–2021), UK-born US teacher of the Alexander Technique. Life Rome Roberts Earle was the daughter of Dorothea Pyman Bell and Kenneth Bell. Rome Earle was introduced to the Alexander Technique by her mother, who travelled from Hull in Yorkshire to London to have a series of lessons from Marjory Barlow during WWII. When the family moved to London Rome also had some lessons with Marjory Barlow. Rome joined F. M. Alexander’s teachers training course for three months at the age of 15 or 16, but found it difficult to fit in, and...
Ruth Murray (1936–2021), British teacher of the Alexander Technique and Head of Training. Ruth studied biodynamic farming and was at one time manager of Cranks vegetarian restaurant and health shop in Marshall Street in the London West End. She was an activist for compassion in animal farming. Ruth began lessons with Dilys Carrington in the early 1970s having long suffered from back pain caused by a spondylitic condition of her spine.[1] Ruth then trained with Walter and Dilys Carrington January 1977 to December 1979. Immediately after graduation she started teaching at the...
Saura Bartner, US teacher of the Alexander Technique. Life Saura Bartner received a master’s degree in Modern Dance Education from Columbia, and her B.A. in English from Rutgers University. In her early 20s she performed at the Louis Nickolais Dance Theater Lab. She started having lessons in 1971 and trained as a teacher of the Alexander Technique at the American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York, qualifying in 1977. She taught in the Department of Dramatic Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Trinity Repertory Conservatory in Providence, Rhode...
Shamsi Davis (†2010), UK Iranian-born teacher of the Alexander Technique. Shamsi Davis (Lady Colin Davis) was born Ashraf Naini, in Iran. She came to England in the early 1960s and in 1962 became an au pair in the household of the conductor Colin Davis (later Sir Colin, 1927–2013). They married in 1964, and had five children, several of whom became musicians.[1] [2] Shamsi was introduced to the Alexander Technique by Sir Colin and trained in the Alexander Technique with Misha Magidov, qualifying in 1993. She started teaching at the Royal Academy of Music in 1993, but...
Shmuel Nelken (1930–2015), first Israeli teacher of the Alexander Technique and Head of Training. Life Shmuel Nelken was born in Berlin in 1930 and in 1933 came with his parents to Palestine. In his teens he studied piano and cello. He then studied agriculture, and became a founder member of a kibbutz. Realising agricultural life was not for him, he moved to Paris in the mid-1950s to study with the cellist Paul Tortelier. On a recommendation he went to London and had lessons with F. M. Alexander in 1954. As Alexander died soon afterwards Shmuel Nelken went on to train with Patrick...
Shoshana Kaminitz, Israeli born teacher of the Alexander Technique, who assisted Patrick Macdonald and continued his teacher training course. Life Shoshana Kaminitz was born in Israel. She trained with Patrick Macdonald 1960–63 and became his Assistant Director on his teacher training course in 1976. When Macdonald stopped training in 1987 due to ill health, Shoshana Kaminitz continued the course (renamed as the Victoria Training Course) in Belgrave Road, Victoria, until 2010.[1] Writings ‘Macdonald’s role’ by by Shoshana Kaminitz is a letter setting out...
Tasha Miller (1954–2015), Indian born British teacher of the Alexander Technique. Life Tasha Miller was born in Sutna, India. The family moved in Swindon, England, in the late 1960s. She studied Fine Art at St. Martin’s in London before moving to study dance and drama at Dartington College of Arts in Devon. She started training as a teacher with Aksel and Jeanne Haahr in Totnes in 1979, qualifying in 1983. She set up practice in Cardiff and taught members of the then BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra and the Welsh National Opera. With other teachers she opened the Cardiff Centre...
Troup H. Mathews (1916-2002), US teacher of the Alexander Technique and Head of Training in New York. Life Troup Mathews was born in Le Havre, France, and came to the US in 1935. He enlisted in the US Army in January 1941 and was stationed in North Africa. He was wounded in El Guettar, Tunisia, in April 1943, where his leg was amputated. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. In 1942 he married Alice Westfeldt (related to Lulie Westfeldt). Because he was the editor of the French section of the radio broadcasts ‘Voice of America’ he was investigated by Senator...
Vera Cavling (1920–2011), Danish teacher of the Alexander Technique. Life Vera Cavling, née Kjær, was very frail in her early youth, suffering from fatigue, insomnia and chronic headaches. She and her sister, Else Kjær, went to London in 1948 and had lessons from F. M. Alexander as well as several other teachers at Ashley Place. In 1950 Vera Cavling and her future husband, Jens Cavling, joined Marjory and Wilfred Barlow’s training course, the first training course not run by Alexander. This came to an end when Alexander discovered they were running a...
Yvonne Becker (1942?–2018), South African teacher of the Alexander Technique. Yvonne Becker worked as a school teacher and librarian before training in the Alexander Technique. She trained as an Alexander Technique Teacher in Cape Town with Joyce Roberts and qualified in 1983. She then assisted Joyce Roberts in training teachers until 1987. She was instrumental in establishing the South African Society of Teachers of the F. M. Alexander Technique (SASTAT) in February 1991 and was its Chair for several years.[1] Obituary ‘Following inspiration’ by Marguerite...

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