Meet the Faculty and Directors

Pamela Blank photo Pamela Blanc, has a B.A. in English and Sociology from Kent State University; certified at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (A.C.A.T.) in San Francisco (1979); continued her Alexander studies with Marjorie Barstow (1978-1987); Patrick Macdonald (1976-1980); and Walter and Dilys Carrington. Pamela participates in AmSAT conferences receiving as well as giving Master Classes and Private lessons. Pamela is The Senior Teacher of Jessica Wolf’s Art of Breathing, having certified in the class of 2002-2003 and currently assists Jessica teaching her work to other Alexander Teachers. Pamela was a Director of Training and Senior Faculty Member of ATI-LA from 1988-1997; is currently a Co-Director and Senior Faculty Member; oversees Seminars and Continuing Education for ATI-LA. Pamela has a private practice in Los Angeles; is Adjunct Faculty in the Conservatory of Music, Chapman University (2006-Present).
Lyn Charlsen Klein photo Lyn Charlsen Klein has a B.A. in English from UCLA where she also studied for a Masters Degree in Dance. She 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.
Michael D. Frederick photo Michael D. Frederickis an internationally recognized teacher in the field of Psycho-physical Re-education. He trained as an Alexander Technique teacher in England with Walter Carrington and in America with Marjorie Barstow, both master teachers trained by F. M. Alexander. After university, he trained as an actor at The Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis and at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England. He taught for 10 years in the MFA Acting program at The Old Globe Theatre in San Diego and for over 25 years at the prestigious Baron-Brown Acting School in Santa Monica. He studied in the U.S. and Israel as a Feldenkrais Practitioner and has extensive Yoga training in both the U.S. and India. Michael is the founding director of the first three International Congresses on the Alexander Technique and has organized over 150 workshops in the U.S. and Europe since 1978. Michael was voted best Alexander Teacher in Los Angeles magazine’s “Best of LA”.
Sydney Laurel Harris photo Sydney Laurel Harris, trained as an actor and creative drama teacher earning a 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 in Ventura, CA, Sydney has taught the Technique in pain clinics in San Francisco and Oxnard, CA 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.
Babette Markus photo Babette Markus was certified 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. She is the director and founder of Bio-Ergonomics/Alexander Technique (the BEAT Training). Babette is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Theater at both USC and California Institute of the Arts. She also heads up the Alexander Technique program in the Music School during the Interim session at Cal Arts. She has taught at UCLA Extension and the University of Judaism, and maintains a private practice in Los Angeles. She has an extensive dance and movement
Frances Marsden photo Frances Marsden trained at the Constructive Teaching Center in London with Walter and Dilys Carrington. She did two years post-graduate work at the Alexander Technique Center Urbana, directed by Joan and Alex Murray. She teaches at USC, Occidental College, and California State University at Los Angeles. She also teaches for Shakespeare at the Huntington and IntimateOpera Company. She maintains private practices in North Hollywood and Pasadena, California.
Jean-Louis Rodrigue photo Jean-Louis Rodrigue trained with Frank Ottiwell and Marjorie Barstow, the first teacher to be trained by F.M. Alexander in 1931, and has been teaching for the past 30 years. Since 1988, he has been a member of the faculty at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Jean-Louis has taught at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, Verbier Festival & Academy, UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and New World Symphony. He has trained and coached actors at the Berlinale Talent Campus, Royal Shakespeare Company, Mark Taper Forum, Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse and on Broadway. Jean-Louis has worked with the artists of the Cirque du Soleil’s “La Nouvelle Experience” and “KA” on improving their performance and preventing injuries. Recently, he was awarded a fellowship grant from the Montalvo Arts Center to develop and direct a play adaptation of Bernhard Schlink’s best-selling novel The Reader. Jean-Louis has been part of the faculty of continuing medical education at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, UCLArts and healing, and the UCLA Collaborative Centers for Integrative Medicine.