The directors for this Alexander Technique Convention are Richard Brennan, Niall Kelly, Glenna Batson, and Lisa DeAngelis. They are responsible for overseeing, planning and implementation of this teacher’s convention in Limerick, Ireland. These individuals are dedicated to fulfilling a commitment to the global teaching community of the Alexander Technique as well as each teacher as an individual, in order to bring the world body of Alexander Technique teachers together. This convention offers an intimate opportunity to come together for authentic change. We support each other in the various ways the principles of this work manifest themselves in each of our lives.
Asheville, NC, USA
Glenna Batson discovered the Alexander Technique in 1981, and thus began a long journey into life and depth. Her initial interest in dance and Somatics in the early 1970’s led her first to study with Irene Dowd, a four-year apprenticeship in Ideokinesis. Here, Glenna developed a passionate interest in how the mind and body work together. In 1983, she joined the Bruce and Martha Fertman’s first training course in Philadelphia. This early foundation paved the way for a career path that incorporated (and integrated) multiple studies in anatomy, neuroscience, somatic education, rehabilitation medicine, philosophy and dance. She currently co-directs the training course for the Alexander Technique Centre, Galway, directed by Richard Brennan and is an active consultant and teacher for The Poise Project (www.thepoiseproject.org). Over more than a third of a century of engagement, Glenna has witnessed enormous shifts within the world body of Alexander – and within the public at large. All first generation teachers have left us a rich legacy, a potent beacon of support for all generations following. Now, the world community is ablaze with creativity.. Glenna feels this is a pivotal moment in the evolution of our work in the world – one open and agile to sharing information, creating new venues for learning, addressing the needs and challenges of multiple populations, and delving into research. Teachers seem more liberated than ever before to teach who they are – to express their own strengths in communicating the principles Now in her seventh decade, she sees no end to this learning continuum, and thanks all her teachers for giving of themselves so generously.
Richard Brennan is an Alexander Technique teacher, author and Director of Training at the Alexander Technique Centre based in Galway, Ireland. He has been teaching the Technique full time for 30 years. He was a director of the 10th International Alexander Technique Congress, held in Limerick, Ireland, in August 2015 and of the Alexander Conventions in 2013 and 2017.
Richard moved to Galway, Ireland, in 1997, and founded the first Alexander Teacher Training College in Ireland in 1998. He is was co-founder and past president of Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (ISATT), established in June, 2004. In 2007 his training course is approved by the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, STAT, and the Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (ISATT).
Richard has taught the Technique at many educational centres in Ireland, UK, Europe and the USA including Galway University, DIT Dublin, University of Limerick, Middlesex University and Indiana University. He was also a guest presenter at the Am SAT annual conference in San Francisco 2009 and in 2013
Richard is the author of eight books on the Alexander Technique including The Alexander Technique – Natural Poise for Health, The Alexander Technique Workbook, The Alexander Technique Manual, Mind and Body Stress Relief with the Alexander Technique, The Alexander Technique – a Practical Introduction, Change your Posture – Change your Life, Back in Balance and How to Breathe. His books have sold over 250,000 copies and have been translated into twenty two languages.
He has also written many articles on the Technique and has been featured in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Irish Times, the Sunday Tribune, the Irish Examiner, Cosmopolitan, Hello and Home and Country. He has appeared on Television in UK, Ireland, Croatia and Montenegro and has been featured on National and local radio in Ireland and the UK.
Richard has been a pioneer in helping to make the Alexander technique accessible to many thousands of people.
Chicago, IL, USA
Lisa DeAngelis (M.AmSAT) is 2009 graduate of the Alexander Technique Center Urbana, who trained with Joan and Alex Murray. She currently teaches lessons in the Alexander Technique privately in downtown Chicago (Loop). She works with an extensive clientele of musicians, athletes, medical and business professionals, and has coached women through pregnancy and labor. In 2017, Lisa was involved in The Rediscovering Musician, a independent project focused on the Alexander Technique and musicians of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, conceptualized by Kip Riecken (viola fellow with the Civic Orchestra) and funded by the Negaunee Institute of Chicago. She is a faculty member with the Elm City Chamber Music Festival (New Haven, CT) and has presented workshops with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, at DePaul University, Concordia University, the University of Chicago, and Northeastern Illinois University. For her downtown corporate clients, she offers lunch and learn sessions and ergonomic workplace assessments. She has worked with professional musicians and athletes to help them discover and maintain their peak performance state, has worked with members of the Chicago opera improv group, Forte, and taught as part of Illinois Summer Youth Music (ISYM) at the University of Illinois. She is active in helping to grow awareness of the Technique, and has helped expand and re-establish the community and collaboration of Alexander teachers in Chicago (www.chicagoalexanderteachers.com). She remains active in AmSAT (American Society for the Alexander Technique), currently as Chair of the Management Review Committee and consulting member of the ongoing ACGM committee. She is pleased to have contributed her organizational and planning skills to a number of large scale projects including as Planning Committee Chair for AmSAT’s 2013 ACGM in Chicago. She also participated as Organizational Coordinator for Rachel Zahn’s Experiencing the Embodied Mind: High performance psychophysical expertise, subjectivity research, and brain-computer technology which took place in Gargonza, Italy in October of 2013. She has provided administrative and logistical support for various workshops and events, run by Alexander Technique Workshops International and provided on-site logistical support to the Directors for the 2015 Alexander Technique International Congress in Limerick, Ireland.
Also active in the Chicago artistic community, she currently serves as President of the Lyric Opera of Chicago's Young Professionals board, holding an ex-officio seat with Lyric's Board of Directors and is proud to support a number of thriving Chicago cultural organizations.
Niall Kelly, MSc(Mgnt), MIITD, ISATT, mSTAT, trained to be an Alexander Technique Teacher in Galway, Ireland with Richard Brennan and was a Co-founder of The Irish Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique (ISATT) of which he was president for many years.
As well as running a successful practice as an Alexander Technique teacher Niall also teaches the technique in the University of Limerick to students on the MA programme in Chant and Ritual Song and on the BA in Voice and Dance, as well as to undergraduates in Mary Immaculate teacher training college in Limerick. He runs a regular workshop on Breath and Chant in the Benedictine monastery at Glenstal Abbey, Murroe, Co Limerick and was guest presenter at the 2013 AmSAT annual conference in Chicago. He is also the director of the Alexander Technique Summer Schoolwhich takes place in UL.
Niall is also an organisational change consultant and executive coach. He has worked in the area of organisational and personal change throughout his career. From his direct experience, he has seen how most organisations and individuals have to face wide-ranging changes to keep up with changing environments so they can readily adapt to emerging technologies in their fields. Too often he has seen how failure to do so early enough frequently results in the early demise of organisations and individuals.
Niall has designed and implemented many successful change initiatives aimed at restoring efficient organisational functioning and competitiveness. He sees the Alexander Technique as an extremely effective model for change in both individuals and organisations and uniquely incorporate the technique in his coaching work. Clients of LaneKelly Associates include: Limerick City and County Council, Irish Credit Unions, Becton Dickinson Europe, O2, ESB, ESBI, An Post, Irish Refining, Dairygold, Shannon Development, Shannon MRO, Shannon Aerospace, Marathon Oil, Garda Superintendents Association, Career Decision International and the Limerick Institute of Technology.