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As a movement specialist, Sheila offers a unique form of comprehensive body training for the actor that integrates Alexander Technique and release-based movement into the athletic and creative demands of physical theater styles (mask, commedia, clown). Sheila is an AmSAT certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, yoga instructor and graduate of Dell’Arte International.

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Sheila works closely with theater companies and schools to design programs that suit the specific needs of the population.

She offers:

  • Foundational Movement Training based on the swings release work of Trish Arnold

  • Physical Acting including Neutral Mask, Commedia dell’arte, Clown and Devising

  • Alexander Technique 

Past workshops and faculty appointments include: New York University Gallatin, FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, Brooklyn College, Shakespeare and Company, The Linklater Center, Emerson College, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, Breakthrough Studios, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts where she is Head of Movement. 

Upcoming workshops:

AT Yoga: The Chakras
AT Motion Center for Actors, New York City, Tuesdays October 8-November 19. 10-11:15am

ATyoga is a Vinyasa style yoga class infused with principals of the Alexander Technique. Verbal direction and hands-on adjustments lend ease, clarity and depth to the postures. In ATyoga we flow, breathe, center, and meditate. This is a seven class series where each week we focus on one of the chakras. $140/full series or $25/drop in.

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recent workshops:

Movement for the Actor
Baardar Akademiet, Oslo Norway, August 2019

Sheila designed and taught a series of master classes introducing movement for the actor to the students and faculty at the Baarder Academy, a conservatory specializing in Musical Theater in Oslo, Norway.

Politics, Performance, and Vocal Power: Theatre and Social Change
California State University Summer Arts, July 2019

Sheila taught movement alongside an experienced team of Linklater voice and Theater of the Oppressed instructors at CSU’s Summer Art's program in Fresno, CA. The focus of the workshop was how to use voice and body to investigate the power of performance as a political tool.