June 16 to 19, 2016: The Art of the Alexander Technique Residential Workshop at DePauw University


Chicago Alexander teachers Lisa DeAngelis and Andrew McCann are joining Stasia Forsythe Siena and Rebecca Nettl-Fiol to teach a four-day residential workshop for performing artists and arts enthusiasts, The Art of the Alexander Technique, at DePauw University School of Music in Greencastle, Indiana, June 16 to 19. The workshop events will highlight the Alexander Technique’s unique benefits and functional relevance for performing artists—musicians, actors and dancers—as well as those who work with performing artists and those from other walks of life who simply appreciate the arts. Click to register now and for more details.


Program Offerings

Whether you feel most at home on stage, in the practice room, in the classroom, or as part of the audience, learning the Alexander Technique is about developing the ability to change your habits. Our staff of highly-experienced teachers will focus group classes and individual lessons on related aspects of an integrated curriculum, designed to help you gain awareness, build skill, apply principles and return home inspired – with practical means for keeping the process going.

Workshop classes, private lessons and special performance-oriented events will give participants the opportunity to explore how the study of the Alexander Technique will give them the skills to move with ease from daily life to practice and rehearsal, and onto the stage. There will also be abundant learning opportunities for the non-performer who prefers to experience the arts from the audience.

DePauw’s tranquil campus provides a relaxing setting for this intensive retreat, offering comfortable, convenient on-site housing and meals, state-of-the art facilities, miles of beautiful nature trails and a quaint downtown area within easy walking distance. Join us June 16-19 at the DePauw School of Music to rediscover your full potential and experience the freedom to change!


About the Faculty

Lisa DeAngelis is an Alexander Technique teacher based in Chicago, Illinois. Lisa is on the faculty of the Elm City Chamber Fest in New Haven, Connecticut and has taught with Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM) in Urbana, Illinois. She enjoys working regularly with company members of “Forte”, a Chicago-based opera improvisational group, as well as individually with musicians, actors, dancers and other performing artists. Lisa received her undergraduate degree in Music Education (Voice) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and enjoys helping performers an authentic and intentional way to expressively communicate their art. 

In addition to her private practice, Lisa has presented the Alexander Technique through workshops and master classes at the University of Chicago, Concordia University, and Northeastern Illinois University. She works with a diverse range of students, including musicians, actors, athletes, doctors, and busy professionals.  In addition, she has been affiliated with various Alexander Technique workshops across the country and abroad and provides organizational and logistical support for a number of philanthropic groups and initiatives. In 2013, she served as Planning Chair for the American Society for the Alexander Technique's Annual Conference and General Meeting held in Chicago. Lisa trained as an AT teacher in Urbana, Illinois with Joan and Alexander Murray, where her training included a strong focus on the learning and application of the Dart Procedures.


Andrew McCann is a professional violinist and Alexander Technique teacher in Chicago. The focus of his teaching is working with artists to practice and perform with greater ease, mastery, and without pain. Andrew has been an AmSAT-certified teacher since 2003. Since 2013, he has run the Alexander Technique program for the Music in the Mountains Conservatory, a festival for high school and college age musicians. He has taught Alexander workshops and classes at the University of Chicago, Roosevelt University, DePaul University, Wheaton College, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Richmond University, Florida State University, and the Tainan National University of the Arts in Tainan, Taiwan. Andrew trained with Joan and Alexander Murray at the Alexander Technique Center in Urbana. Andrew holds degrees from Oberlin College and Conservatory and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His principal teachers include Gregery Fulkerson, Sherban Lupu and Jorja Fleezanis. He is a member of the festival orchestra at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. In Chicago, he has performed with New Millennium Orchestra, ensemble dal niente, Matt Ulery, Spektral Quartet, the International Contemporary Ensemble, eighth blackbird and in productions at Writer’s Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, and the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.


Rebecca Nettl-Fiol is a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She trained with Joan and Alexander Murray, certifying in 1990, and is an assistant on their training course providing opportunities for trainees to work with her Alexander course for dancers. Rebecca is a frequent presenter and guest teacher throughout the U.S. and abroad at conferences such as the annual Freedom to Move conferences and the post-graduate Dart series in New York City; numerous International Association of Dance Medicine and Science conferences; and the Dance and Somatics Practices Conference in Coventry, England, where she was a keynote speaker. She is the co-author of Dance and the Alexander Technique: Exploring the Missing Link and The Body Eclectic: Evolving Practices in Dance Training.


With a background in flute, classical voice and musical theatre, Stasia Forsythe Siena has a special interest in the Alexander Technique and performing arts. Stasia holds an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a master's degree from Indiana University. She received her teaching certification from Joan and Alexander Murray at the Urbana Center for the Alexander Technique in Urbana, Illinois. Stasia has served on the faculty of Indiana University and Milliken University and currently teaches the Alexander Technique for the University of Illinois School of Music, as well as the DePauw School of Music. Over the past fifteen years, she has taught the Alexander Technique in university, conservatory and master class settings throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to teaching, Stasia enjoys music, travel, writing, speaking German, Bikram Yoga and dance breaks with her two energetic children. She is a member of AmSAT (American Society for the Alexander Technique) and maintains a lively private teaching studio in Champaign, Illinois.  


Workshop Fee

The workshop fee of $725 includes room, board and tuition for 4 days and 3 nights. Click to register now and for more details.