ATME Award Recipients
ATME sponsors serveral awards each year.
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ATME Lifetime Achievement Award
Contributing to the development of professional theatre careers in countless ways, Colleen Kelly has influenced and shaped the way we define the term “theatre movement” and has helped foster the respect we now command as theatre movement specialists.
(Awarded posthumously, and accepted by Pascale Lecoq, his daughter and current head of L'École Internationale de Théâtre).
From a life-time of devotion to physical work for actors, Loyd Williamson developed and articulated a process for taking in, activating, and sending out physical actions which he called The Williamson Technique.
Thomas Leabhart is Professor of Theatre and Resident Artist (1982-present) at Pomona College in Claremont, CA where he teaches mime, beginning acting, intermediate acting and directing. He previously taught at Ohio State University, was Resident Artist at Grand Valley State Colleges in Allendale, MI, and was Artistic Director and teacher at the Valley Studio, Spring Green, WI (1978-1981). He also teaches, performs, and lectures in Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, England, Wales, western Europe, Singapore, and Japan.
Jewel Walker, theatre, is the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher in Higher Education Award presented by the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE). Walker's former students, including Ted Danson, Rene Auberjonois, Cherry Jones and others, wrote endearing letters of support on his behalf.
Anna Halprin, now in her late eighties, continues to perform and teach in her home base in Marin County and San Francisco as well as nationally and internationally. From her first European invitation to perform at the XXVI Festival Internazionale di Musica Contemporanea in Vienna in 1963, to her most recent 2004 performance at the Festival D’Autome in Paris, Halprin has always consider herself a theatre person.
Bari Rolfe (1916-2002) began dancing as a child and performed in California and Mexico. In 1953, Rolfe joined the Actor’s Workshop in San Francisco where she helped with stage movement and choreography.
Moni Yakim has been on the faculty of the Juilliard School, Drama Division teaching movement and dance since 1968. He formerly headed the movement departments of Yale Drama School, Stella Adler Conservatory and Circle in the Square.
Jim Hancock, Ph.D.
Throughout his teaching career, Jim Hancock specialized in Movement for Actors, Period Styles and The Alexander Technique. He received his doctorate at the University of Minnesota where he worked closely with Bob Moulton. A life-long learner he has extensive study and certification in diverse techniques including Aikido, the Form, and the Alexander Technique. He has acted and directed professionally and for academic institutions. He, along with his wife, Suzan Zeder, has conducted numerous creative workshops documented in their book, Spaces of Creation: The Creative Process of Playwriting.
Shirlee Dodge taught movement and dance at the University of Texas-Austin
Marjorie L. Barstow
Marjorie Barstow, 1899-1995, was the first graduate of F. M. Alexander's first teacher training course. A trained dance she taught dance and ballroom dance in Lincoln, Nebraska. In 1931 she joined the first Alexander Technique Teacher training in London, England with F. M. and A. R. Alexander. After spending a number of years as A. R. Alexander's assistant in Boston, she took a furlough in her career as an Alexander teacher. She came to prominence as a teacher in the early 1960's and was the Master Alexander Technique teacher at the International Movement Institute in Dallas, Texas in 1970. In the early 1970's she initiated a series of courses in Lincoln, Nebraska, her home. People interested in the Technique flocked to these courses and in time some of the most influential teachers teaching today became her students, people such as Frank Ottiwell, Jim Hancock, Sarah Barker, Michael and Lena Frederick, Bruce and Martha Fertman, and Bill and Barbara Conable among many others. Marjorie was an invited master teacher in departments of Theatre, Dance and Music at many Universities throughout the United States and the world. She received an Honorary Doctorate degree in the Humanities from Doane College for her pioneering work in the Alexander Technique. Her influence on the growth of the Technique and its pedagogy is incalculable.
ATME Outstanding Service Award
Sara Romersberger, Movement Specialist at Southern Methodist University, Meadows School for the Arts, holds a B.S. in theatre education from Illinois State University, an M.A. in dance from the University of Illinois, and a Certificate of Mime/Movement from Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris, France.
Judith served as Vice President of ATME from 2004-2006 and was instrumental in creating ATME’s website and served as coordinator for atmeweb.org until 2012. She has been a continuous member of ATME since 1993 attending ATHE every year, presenting at numerous ATHE conferences and ATME pre-conferences and serving as a mentor, colleague and friend. Her resume below shows the breath of her movement training and contributions to the field:
Jean Krafka Wolski
Jean Krafka Wolski has been a member of ATME since the mid-1990s and has served tirelessly as editor for the biannual newsletter, ATME News, since spring 1999. She has been teaching theatre arts for over thirty years,
and has been a member of Eastern Illinois University’s faculty since 1993. As an undergraduate, she double majored in Music/Vocal Performance and Theatre at the University of Northern Iowa. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Iowa in Performance Studies, and her
doctorate from Michigan State University. She also serves on the editorial board for ATME’s new digital kinetic journal, and has volunteered as a mentor for new faculty. Dr. Wolski has worked as a director and/or choreographer on numerous productions, including Cole, As You Like It, Dancing at Lughnasa, L’histoire du Soldat, and Medea. When not at the theatre, she can be found in tap and Irish dance
classes, exploring lighthouses, at Michigan State sporting events, or, whenever possible, in Ireland.
Joann Browning is Professor of Theatre at the University of Delaware. She serves as Associate Chair and Associate Director of the Professional Theatre Training Program (PTTP), teaching movement and dance to graduate actors. She is resident choreographer for PTTP productions and the Resident Ensemble Players (REP), UD’s resident professional theatre company. Trained as a dancer with her BFA and MFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University, she has been a member of the Kathyrn Posin Dance Company in New York, James Sutton & Dancers, Repertory Dance Company of the Southwest, Milwaukee Dance Theatre, Dancers Unlimited, and Thunderclap Productions. She has served as choreographer/musical stager for theatrical productions at Delaware Theatre Company, Philadelphia’s Enchantment Theatre, and Houston’s Alley Theatre, as well as guest teaching artist for the Utah Repertory Dance Theatre, Milwaukee Ballet, Kansas State University, University of Nebraska, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the American College Dance Festival. She has conducted workshops for non-actors utilizing the work of Rudolph Laban and Francois Delsarte in London, Japan, Thailand, and for The Voice Foundation in Philadelphia. Professor Browning was formerly the Acting Associate Dean of Fine Arts and Head of Dance at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and prior to that was a faculty member in the Dance Division at Southern Methodist University. She has served as a theatre and dance grants adjudicator for the Maryland State Arts Council, the Delaware Division of the Arts, and the Wisconsin Arts Board. She has been a member of ATME from its inception, and served as secretary from 2003-2006.
Bruce Lecure holds the rank of Professor at the University of Miami. His movement curriculum includes: basic movement skills for the actor, physical characterization, unarmed combat, weapons, period style movement, and mask work. Recently, Mr. Lecure created the “Actor’s Biomechanics Lab” for use in his curriculum, the first technology-based lab of its kind in theatre movement education. In 2004, Mr. Lecure was awarded the University of Miami’s “Excellence in Teaching Award”. His has a varied career as an actor, teacher, author, movement coach, fight director, and stage director. Mr. Lecure is a member of SSDC, the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the professional union for stage directors. He is also a member of AEA, SAG, and AFTRA having appeared on stage, as well as in national and regional commercials, industrial films, and voiceovers throughout the country. Mr. Lecure is a Certified Teacher and Certified Fight Director with the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD. He has published over twenty articles on theatre movement in Theatre Topics, Teaching Theatre, Southern Theatre, The ATME News, Stage Directions, and The Fight Master.
Denise Gabriel's (Movement) work at ASF includes Macbeth, Proof, The Comedy of Errors, Steel Magnolias, Titus Andronicus, The Secret Garden, Disguises, A Christmas Carol and Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. Ms. Gabriel has taught in graduate acting programs and coached actors since 1976. She came to ASF from being guest artist/Fellow of the Seminar at Schloss Leoploldron, Salzberg, Austria, coaching a production of Chekov's Three Sisters. She is a founding Board Member for the Association of Theatre Movement Educators and recipient of the 2000 ATME-ATHE Service Achievement Award. She has worked in New York; Shanghai, China; and a host of University productions across the country including A Raisin in the Sun with Dipunkar Mukherjee, Pangea World Theatre, Minneapolis. Ms. Gabriel's regional credits include The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night's Dream at The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego; Romeo and Juliet at Clarence Brown Theatre with director Paul Barnes; and Alchemy of Desire, Dead Man's Blues, and King Lear at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park with director Ed Stern. As well as being a member of the ASF resident artistic staff Ms. Gabriel is on the ASF/ MFA Faculty.
Jennifer Martin (Hall Family Foundation Professor of Theatre) teaches movement fundamentals, historical styles of movement and dance, characterization and subtle energy disciplines for the Master of Fine Arts program. As a member of the Medical Humanities Program she coordinates a course called "Healing and the Arts." She is resident choreographer and movement coach for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. Her choreographic work has been seen at Missouri Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Goodspeed Opera House and Masterworks Lab Theatre in New York. She is a founding board member of The Association of Theatre Movement Educators.
Marcia Joy Douglas
Marcia Joy Douglas is a director, actor, choreographer, and educator. She joined the faculty of the University of Maine in 1999 where she teaches acting, improvisation, movement, and voice, and currently serves as Chair of the Theatre/Dance Division in the School of Performing Arts. She has an MA in Directing from the University of Washington, and an MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She has taught at the University of Kansas, the University of Nebraska, Illinois State University, and Southwest Missouri State. In addition to directing, choreographing, and acting in well over 200 productions, she has also taught workshops and performed her one woman improvisational show nationally and internationally. In addition to her work in theatre, she is also a Reiki Master and has taught workshops on healing and energy since the early 1970s. Marcia was part of the Movement Program for the former American Theatre Association (ATA) and has been active with ATHE, ATME, and KCACTF since 1994. She was the ATME Focus Group Representative to ATHE for 4 years from 1996-2000, as well as Treasurer from 1998-2003.
ATME Visiting Artist/Scholar Fellowship
“MERGE: Movement Educators Research Group Exploration”
“The Clown in Actor Training: The What, The How, and the Why”
Erika Berland, Rebecca VerNooy, Judith Chaffee
“MERGE: Movement Educators Research Group Exploration”
“MBA: An Inquiry Into the Intersection of Mind, Body, and Acting”
“Hook-ups and Hang-ups: College Students Speak Out,” visiting artist residency, Denison University, Granville, OH
“The Society of American Fight Directors 2010 Teacher Training Workshop”
“Accademia dell’Arte Summer Symposium,” in Arezzo, Italy, working with European theatrical masters
“The Goddess Here: Women of Choice,” Solo Performance and Outreach Collaboration
“Lighting in a Bottle: Digital Documentation of Live Performance”
“Pilobolus Choreographic Workshop”