Cathy Madden

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  • Seattle, WA, USA

Cathy Madden is Principal Lecturer for the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program, and Director of the Integrative Alexander Technique Studio of Seattle.

As an author, she has published Teaching the Alexander Technique: Active Pathways to Integrative Practice  with Jessica Kingsley Publishers in 2018 and Integrative Alexander Technique Practices for Performing Artist : Onstage Synergy, published by Intellect Ltd. in 2014. She co-edited (with Kathleen Juhl)  Galvanizing Performance: The AlexanderTechnique as a Catalyst for Excellence, also with Jessica Kingsley Publishers, in 2017.

Madden teaches for Alexander Technique training schools and Arts organizations in Australia, England, Germany, Japan, Scotland, Switzerland, Japan and the United States and is an Associate Director of BodyChance in Japan. She is a founding member of Alexander Technique International, and is a former Chair, and currently serves as a Sponsoring Teacher, Formal Consensus Facilitator and as Chair of the Vision/Mission committee.

Madden studied the Alexander Technique with Marjorie Barstow for nearly 20 years and served as her assistant in workshops in the U.S.A. and Europe.  She has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Penn State, and M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in Drama and Literature, and did additional graduate study at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Her published articles on Alexander Technique pedagogy appear in Congress Papers, Direction Magazine, and Theatre Topics.

She has been a featured presenter/keynote speaker at International Congresses of the Alexander Technique, Alexander Technique International Annual General Meetings and for the Freedom to Act Conference.  In 2012, she was the Keynote Speaker for the Inaugural Alexander Technique and Performing Arts Conference in Melbourne.

Cathy’s well-known abilities to observe and analyze movement in relationship to communication and performance has made her a popular coach in Seattle and internationally for musicians and dancers, speakers and teachers as well as actors.

She remains active as a theater director.  While studying with Marjorie Barstow in Lincoln, Nebraska, she was Founder and Artistic Director of Washington Street Players Place, a theatre company that devised new work, and explored the application of the Alexander Technique to acting training and performance. In 2015, she directed The Withing Project, a theatre and dance oratorio about neuroscience and connection, written by Hope Wechkin.  She is a Creative Collaborator for Lucia Neare Theatrical Wonders ( She directed Seattle actor Jim Lapan’s one-person show, 25,000 Posts, and at the University her productions include Strawberries in January, At the Inland Sea, Lear’s Daughters, The Mill on the Floss, The Portrait The Wind The Chair, The Mischiefmakers, Mother Teresa is Dead, Far Away, Bold Girls, and Two Sisters and a Piano.

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  • First Language: English