née Wendy Saver/Mortimer
I balanced a life in theatre & academia for almost 20 years. Now I run Flying Edna with Kai, freelance as a coach, and create workshops centered on the practice of presence (the how of doing). Intentionally curious about wholeness and mind/body connection, I am in the process of certification in the Alexander Technique through Alexander Technique International. In December 2020 I received a studio certificate from Cathy Madden, after four years of teaching and learning under her mentorship.
Everything I used to teach young artists: how to find their light, how to partner, how to take and give space, how to speak with clarity and conviction, how to believably compel an audience of strangers, and how to align so deeply with another's set of life circumstances that you willingly widen your own opinions and feelings in service of making space for someone else's story... is wildly useful in every day living.
These are pathways to be more communicative and more present in personal and professional relationships.
I am a member of Actor's Equity Association, Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA), Alexander Technique International (ATI), and the theatre company P3/east. My MFA is in acting from the University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program. My writing can be found in past journals of VASTA and current journals of ATI.
And for those who want more specific info:I've served on theatre faculties of Marymount Manhattan, University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University & Ball State (where I was tenured); published articles on cross-culture storytelling, beginner's mind, and balancing analytical with kinesthetic learning principles; traveled three times to teach & direct in the Gauteng Province in South Africa; and worked and coached in regional theatres across the country.