Faculty

Nancy Forst Williamson
Director

Nancy Forst Williamson, M.A., has been studying and working in the field of mind-body education for over 40 years and is the Program Director for The Barstow Institute. A native Nebraskan, she began an on-going apprenticeship with Marjorie Barstow in 1975. She also trained with Moshe Feldenkrais and is a certified practitioner of Awareness Through Movement® and Functional Integration®. Nancy holds degrees from UNL and Doane College-Lincoln with a focus on communication, aging, and human learning and response. She regards the Alexander Technique as an extraordinary avenue for development of individual expression and style.

Jane Clanton Bick

Jane Clanton Bick, M.Ed., began studying with Marj Barstow in 1976 and spent nine years as a teaching apprentice to Marj in Lincoln. Jane has a background in acting and has taught the Alexander Technique in university performing arts programs for over thirty-five years, as well as maintaining a private Alexander teaching practice in Austin, TX. and Tucson, AZ. Jane also has had extensive training as a bodywork therapist and currently is an instructor of the MELT Method for hands-off bodywork for fascial release and rehydration. Jane has been involved with Alexander teacher training. She enjoys teaching the Technique to her students for "ageless ease and freedom" to improve performance and for overall wellness.

Diana Bradley

Diana Bradley, M.Ed., has been a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique since 1979. She completed a 13-year apprenticeship with Marjorie Barstow and had the opportunity to travel and teach with Marj in Australia and New Zealand. Diana was a modern dancer for 10 years and has 16 years of training in Aikido holding a third-degree black belt. She was on the faculty of the Baltimore School for the Arts for 11 years where she worked exclusively with theater students. Diana continues to work with actors at the Studio Acting Conservatory where she has been a faculty member for over 15 years. She is in the process of replacing her garage with a teaching studio! With luck, she hopes to open her new Takoma Park studio in late 2021. Currently, Diana teaches groups and individuals in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Marilou Chacey

Marilou Chacey found lifelong change flowed from F. M. Alexander's discoveries. She has shared these changes with students for over thirty years. Introduced to Marj Barstow's teaching in 1974 at Ohio State University, Marilou was inspired to move to Lincoln, Nebraska, and develop her skills as an Alexander teacher. Having an academic and professional background in dance/movement education and mental health, she is attuned to both kinesics and human understanding. Now teaching in Thousand Oaks, California, Marilou approaches change through the use of intention and delicacy.

Shawn L. Copeland
Co-Director

Shawn L. Copeland, D.M.A., began studying the Alexander Technique in 1997 while a student at the Brevard Music Center and qualified as a teacher in 2006 after a five year apprenticeship with Marsha Paludan. New to the Northwest, Shawn is the Associate Professor of Clarinet and Alexander Technique in the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho. He also teaches Alexander Technique at the Eastern Music Festival and at the Summer Clarinet Clinic at Stetson University. He travels extensively, presenting at universities and international conferences throughout the US and abroad. Shawn has been studying Nervous System Energy Healing since 2010 and explores the many intersections of energy work and Alexander Technique in his teaching and research. He is a certified teaching member of Alexander Technique International and a Licensed Body Mapping Educator.

Robin Gilmore

Robin Gilmore, MFA, began studying the Alexander Technique and other somatic disciplines in 1980. She studied extensively with Marjorie Barstow, Barbara Conable, Bill Conable, Martha Hansen, and others. Qualifying to teach the Alexander Technique in 1986, she is a Teaching Member and Sponsoring Member of ATI. Robin directs CBAS, an AT teacher training program in Greensboro, NC (www.chesapeakealexander.com) and from 1993-1999 was the director of the Kyoto Alexander Program in Japan. She has taught at the Curtis Institute of Music, American University, Temple University, and other institutions, and has presented at the International Congress of the Alexander Technique, the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association, Maryland Consortium of Special Schools, and numerous dance and somatic conferences. In addition to her book What Every Dancer Needs to Know About the Body, (GIA Press), she has written numerous articles for publications including Contact Quarterly and Direction Journal. As a dancer and choreographer, Robin’s work has been performed internationally

Eileen Troberman

Eileen Troberman began studying the Alexander Technique in 1978 and became a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique in 1982. Eileen participated in all of Marj’s Summer and Winter workshops since 1979 and was fortunate to be able to assist Marj in teaching in workshops both in the US and in Australia and New Zealand. From 1984-1987, Eileen lived in Lincoln to study more closely with Marj. After moving to San Diego in 1987, she continued to travel to Lincoln regularly to study with Marj up until Marj’s passing. Eileen maintains a busy private teaching practice in Encinitas, California and she is on the faculty of the UCSD MFA Acting Program and at the USD/Old Globe Theatre program teaching Alexander.

Ariel Weiss

Ariel Weiss has been teaching Alexander Technique in Philadelphia since 1988. Inspired by her summers in Lincoln with Marj, her teaching emphasizes working in activity and engaging her students’ playful, constructive thinking. Since March, she has been teaching 6 classes a week online and has developed online courses for musicians and remote workers. In addition to her lively private practice, she coaches musicians at the Curtis Institute of Music and trains teachers at the Philadelphia School for the Alexander Technique. She has taught at the University of the Arts, Allentown College and Pig Iron School for Physical Theatre and previously co-produced the Freedom to Make Music Alexander Technique Conference for Musicians. An inveterate mover, Ariel has a Master’s degree from Wesleyan University in Movement and Dance and moves to music whenever possible.

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