The Association of Theatre Movement Educators is the premiere organization
of and for theatre practitioners who specialize in physical training.


About Us

ATME has a rich history of advocating for theatre teachers and practitioners who specialize in physical training. Learn more about our mission, history, founders, and officers here.

Online Resources

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April’s Featured Members

Each month we feature four ATME members.
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Featured Member:

Erika Berland
Erika Berland, a Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering (R), holds Massage Therapy licenses in New York State and Colorado and is a nationally Registered Movement Therapist. She also holds a B.P.S. in Dance and Movement Studies from Empire State College. Erika has an extensive background as a dance teacher and performer and has taught workshops in experiential anatomy and dance applications of Body-Mind Centering in numerous studios and schools throughout the US and Europe. For the past seven years she has been instrumental in creating a somatic based curriculum for the MFA Contemporary Performance Theater program at Naropa University and she is adjunct faculty in the MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance program. She also maintains a private practice in NYC and Boulder, CO specializing in both massage therapy and movement re-education.

From 1978-83 she was on the dance faculty of Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Returning to NYC in 1983 she helped design the Movement Program at Sports Training Institute and was the Director of Movement Analysis at Plus One Fitness Clinics. Based on her work at the clinic she co-directed and produced “Freedom of Movement” an innovative somatically based exercise video. Erika is also a Certified Meditation Instructor and has been a student and teacher of Shambhala Buddhism for over 25 years.Erika has been practicing and contributing to the fields of somatic movement education for dancers, actors and athletes, movement training, bodywork and Buddhist meditation for over 30 years.

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Featured Member:

Joan Schirle
Joan Schirle is the Founding Artistic Director of Dell'Arte International and served as director of the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre from 2002 - 2011. She is an actor, playwright, director, deviser and teacher, whose acting work was recognized with a 2006 Fox Foundation/TCG Resident Actor Fellowship for professional development. In 2004 she was honored at the 16th Cairo International Experimental Theatre Festival as a leader in the field of experimental theatre. Joan designed the curriculum for DAI’s accredited MFA in Ensemble-Based Physical Theatre, now in its seventh year, and continues to direct DAI's annual Bali program. She is a senior teacher of the FM Alexander Technique; her teaching work includes movement, mask performance, commedia dell'arte, voice and physical acting. She has devoted her research to the work of the actor as mover/creator. Joan has taught in MFA programs at Yale, UCSD, University of Missouri Kansas City, as well as for the artists of Cirque du Soleil. She has directed productions at San Diego Rep, the Alley in Houston, Bloomsburg Ensemble, A Traveling Jewish Theatre, Touchstone Ensemble, Colorado University/Boulder and Dell'Arte; her solo show, "Second Skin," has been seen in many US and international cities. In Fall, 2012 she was invited to teach physical acting at the Beijing Dance Academy in China. She is a member of Actors Equity Association (AEA), VASTA, and TCG. In 2013 she played the twins, Antiphola of Ephesus and Syracuse in "The Comedy of Errors" at the Mad River Festival. Joan was part of TCG's 50th anniversary series of short videos of 50 US theatre artists:

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Featured Member:

Jonathan Becker
Jonathan Becker has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the United States and has worked as a member of the SunDance Institutes Playwrighter’s Lab, a laboratory founded by Robert Redford to develop new works for theatre and film. He has appeared as an actor in programs with most of the major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Canada performing in such venues as Lincoln Center. Since 1988, Jonathan has helped in the development of fifteen original plays. He co-founded and was Co-Artistic Director of two theatre companies: Les Senokrates in Luzern, Switzerland and The Brodeur Brothers in Paris, France. His teaching credits include work as an invited guest artist at 29 institutions in 6 countries. Jonathan taught on the faculty of The National High School Institute at Northwestern University for Eighteen years where he was Associate Director. As a teaching artist he has worked for Disney Theatrical on The Pride Rock Project, an educational outreach program associated with The Lion King and for Bravo, the arts and entertainment cable channel, teaching nationwide workshops in an effort to promote theatre education. In addition to acting and teaching, he is the owner/operator of a full service production shop which creates masks for the international theatre community. Jonathan’s masks are currently being use by educational institutions, professional theatres and individual artists in 42 countries. You can visit the studio on line at Currently Jonathan is teaching with the International Program in Acting with Masks at Oslo University College in Oslo, Norway and Nanjing University in China. Jonathan is a graduate of The International School of Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France. He has a BA in Theatre from The College of Wooster, an MA in Acting and Directing from The University of Akron and an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy and Fight Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is also a recognized advanced actor combatant with The Society of American Fight Directors and has completed the level one professor training in the Margolis Method. His teaching combines the principles of Lecoq, Grotowski, Rodenburg and Alexander.

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Featured Member:

Jeffrey Lambdin
Jef is designated as a “Teaching Artist” by the NC Arts Council. Recently he’s shared
his work with students at The Blowing Rock Stage in Blowing Rock, NC; at M.C. Riley
Elementary in Bluffton, SC; at the Support Our Students After School Program at Pembroke
Middle School in Pembroke, NC: at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, NC; at JamboRead at the
Spartanburg Public Library in Spartanburg, SC; and at Stone Academy in Greenville, SC.
Upcoming performances of his wacky brand of roving artistry include: The Florence
County Libraries in SC; The Intercultural Celebration in Petersburg, VA; and Christmas in July
in Ashe County, NC. He also appears about once a month on the childrens’ wards of Duke
University Medical Center.

Currently Jef performs as a mime and mask theater artist in The InterACTive Theater of
Jef. He also teaches mime, ensemble techniques and composition through educational
residencies and performs Stories & Mime with storyteller Louise Omoto Kessel.
Jef apprenticed with C.W. Metcalf and Tony Montanaro, with brief instruction from
Jacques Lecoq. His other studies include: acting with William Hickey, period dance and style
with William Burdick, ballet with Beverly Shalomith, modern dance with Carol Richards,
commedia dell'arte at the Dell'Arte School, and clowning with Ezekiel Peterhof. Other skills
gained along the way include juggling, unicycling, stiltwalking, maskmaking, and gourd crafting.
From 1976 to 1993 Jef was a member TOUCH, North Carolina's touring mime theater
ensemble. With TOUCH Jef created, collaborated on, directed, and performed over fifty mime
theater works, touring thousands of performances to audiences throughout the southeastern
United States. They performed in hospitals and prisons, day care centers and college fine arts
centers, in concert halls, and on television. They appeared at Lincoln Center's Out-of-Doors
Festival in New York and the Alternate ROOTS Festival in Atlanta. The North Carolina
Symphony and the Charlotte Symphony both commissioned TOUCH to create and perform
original works in concert with them. In 1990, TOUCH received the North Carolina Theater
Conference Award for Excellence in Theater for Youth.

Jef has appeared in two UNC-TV special productions with the North Carolina
Symphony: TOUCH Brings Music to Life, and Carnival of the Animals. When his
movement/mime skills have been needed, he's also appeared in productions by other theater
companies, including: as the plant, Audrey II in Atlanta and Raleigh productions of Little Shop
of Horrors; as The Mute in Flat Rock Playhouse (with none other than Kim Kay!) and Temple
Theater productions of The Fantasticks; as a street performer/juggler in the opera Pagliacci; and
as a dog, an alien, and a mime in productions of the Jelly Educational Theater. From 1995
through 1999, Jef was the Managing Director for the Jelly Educational Theater. For three years,
Jef performed as the mascot for the Durham Bulls Baseball Team, Wool E. Bull.

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Erika Berland

Joan Schirle

Jonathan Becker

Jeffrey Lambdin

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