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 performance coach, and create workshops centered on the practice of presence (the how of doing). Intentionally curious about wellness of the whole self in every day living, I am a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.
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. And I have a BFA in acting from Miami University in Oxford, OH. My writing can be found in past journals of VASTA and ATI. Because the lineage of teachers matters, my mentorship via Alexander Technique was with Cathy Madden.
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.