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I worked at New School for less than a year
December 24th, 2018 Dear director, I am writing on behalf of Cate McNider who assisted me this past semester in an Introduction to Alexander Technique class offered at The New School for Drama... within the undergrad program. Since 1995 I have been teaching the Alexander Technique to actors in the graduate programs at The New School, both The Actors Studio MFA Program and The New School for Drama. I also teach undergraduate actors as part of the NYU Tisch studio at The Lee Strasberg Institute for Film and Theater, at the College for Performing Arts as part of The New School and in the drama program at Fordham University. Cate joined me for the first time this fall as an assistant teacher. Her primary responsibility was giving each of the ten students two, twenty minute hands-on private sessions which occurred after a ground work of the principles had been established. In the early weeks of the semester we worked together to establish an understanding of the AT principles through anatomical readings and discussions, movement explorations, floor lessons engaging a mind-body practice and applying this new skill set to game structures. Cate was able to bring her background as a Body-Mind Centering practitioner to these conversations as well as make occasional suggestions for the movement studies. Her Alexander Technique hands-on work with the students was transformative. Later on in the private sessions before a three way mirror she was able to bring insight to habits and lead the students towards an embodiment of themselves in action without these habits. Several of them wrote about these experiences in their final paper, clearly having recognized the possibility of change that they were keen to maintain awareness of moving forward. Several times in the application of skills in acting activities I suggested that Cate participate as an actor so the students could be exposed to what was possible when the AT skills were integrated with strong acting skills. The depth of awareness increased after Cate demonstrated through her participation the experience of this integration and often the student actor’s functioning improved when they aimed for this application as well. I strongly encourage Cate to use her actor training informed by her Alexander self practice in her teaching. Her students will both be impressed and inspired. Lastly, I found this particular group of students to be slow to open up with one another and be willing to work with the principles of the AT, adopting a mental attitude that would support change within themselves. I spoke with Cate outside of the class and asked for her observations. She was encouraging and reflected back to me some small changes she was noticing. She also made the suggestion to let go of some of my expectations and be lighter with the students since for many of them developing self-awareness related to embodiment was was an entirely new frontier. I took this suggestion to heart and the learning seemed to pick-up as a result. I am grateful for Cate’s participation in these ways and hope that she is given an opportunity to develop her skills offering the Alexander Technique to actors. best, Teva Bjerken
The only downside was that it was a volunteer (unpaid) position and for only one semester.
I worked at Université Laval full-time for more than 5 years
Great sports facilities, easy to commute on north shore, relaxed but innovative environment, great for young researchers trying to bring up families, especially as world class daycare is provided by... the state. Multi-lingual surroundings in Sainte Foy, very multi-cultural and dynamic, with excellent investment.
If living on the south shore, the commute is terrible - only one bridge effectively. Winters in Quebec City are long and very cold, can be hard if skiing is not your thing. Salaries are on the lower... end, and research groups often shunned by international community for more English-speaking Montreal-based centers.
Advice to Management
Improve links to English-speaking communities, and with US researchers