Catherine Kettrick

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What fascinates me most about the Alexander Technique is how a little knowledge about how we move can have such a profound impact, and how a simple change in thinking can lead to such profound effects in being.

Although many people come to study the Technique for the enormous physical benefits it provides, for me the power of the work is the skill of being able to honestly observe what I am doing, and choose to change.

As a teacher, my goal is to set a pupil on a path of self-directed and independent learning and guide them in that process. I feel privileged to witness people discover the power, clarity and potential of well-coordinated thinking.

While I specialize in working with performers, including performance coaching, I welcome pupils of all backgrounds and interests.

Although many people come to study the Technique for the enormous physical benefits it provides, for me the power of the work is the skill of being able to honestly observe what I am doing, and choose to change—to act in a different way. That is true freedom of thinking and acting, for only with that honesty and skill can we hope to effect real change in our lives and in the world.
As a teacher, my goal is to set a pupil on a path of self-directed and independent learning, to help them discover what they want to do and where they want to go, and help them in that process. For me, the most exciting part of teaching the Technique is watching people realize how free they can be in their thinking and being, and what profound effects that can have on all aspects of their lives. I feel privileged to witness people discover the power, clarity and potential of well-coordinated thinking.
Some Background Details:
I trained as an actor, and took my first Alexander Technique workshop with Marjorie Barstow in 1973. I trained with her to teach the Technique and began teaching in 1976. I teach primarily in Seattle, but have taught in Europe, Australia and Japan. I have taught and offered workshops at several international Alexander Technique Congresses.
In 1986 I co-founded The Performance School, a Center for the Study of the Alexander Technique, which offers classes, workshops and a teacher training program. Www.performanceschool.org
In 1992 I helped co-found Alexander Technique International, and have been active on various committees since then, and chair for one term.
I have a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Washington, and also work as an ASL/English sign language interpreter.
While I specialize in working with performers, including performance coaching, I welcome pupils of all backgrounds and interests.

Additional Details:

  • Training School: The Performance School
  • First Language: English