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Cathy Madden is Principal Lecturer for the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program, Director of the Alexander Technique Training and Performance Studio in Seattle, and Associate Director/Research Director for BodyChance (Japan). She is a regular guest teacher for Alexander Technique training schools and Arts organizations in Australia, England, Germany, Japan, Scotland, Switzerland, and the United States. She was a founding member of and is a former Chair of Alexander Technique International. She has been featured as a Congress Teacher at International Congresses of the Alexander Technique multiple times, most recently in Lugano in 2011.
Madden studied the Alexander Technique with Marjorie Barstow (first graduate of F.M. Alexander’s first training course) 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 an M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis in Drama and Literature, with 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.
Cathy’s well-known abilities to observe and analyze movement in relationship to artistic performance has made her a popular coach in Seattle and internationally for musicians and dancers, speakers and teachers as well as actors. She was a featured presenter at Freedom to Act 2012, an inaugural conference on Acting and the Alexander Technique in New York and will present for Freedom to Act 2013. She was Keynote Speaker for the Alexander Technique and Performing Arts Conference in Melbourne in September 2012. With the former Chairs of the organization, she presented the Keynote Address for Alexander Technique International’s 20th Annual General Meeting.
She remains active as a 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. She is currently Theatrical Director for Lucia Neare Theatrical Wonders, 2012 recipient of the Seattle Mayor’s Office Arts Awards(http://www.lucianeare.org/). Her most recent productions at the University have been 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. She has recently been working with playwright Connie Amundson on the development of her new play, Mr. and Mrs.
New projects for her include developing a workshop, Science and the Art of Communication, with University of Georgia Ph.D. student Alyssa Gehman and the development of a Corporate Coaching Package.