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Movie Night: Remembering Judy
Remembering Judy: A Centennial Celebration of the Life, Work, and Legacy of Judith Leibowitz
Co-created by Kim Jessor and Carolyn Serota, this online event took place on the 100th birthday of Alexander teachers Judy Leibowitz and her twin sister Pearl Ausubel on October 7th, 2020.
Judy was a founder as well as the first Director of The American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT); she was also a founding faculty member of the Juilliard Drama Division, where she taught for 23 years. The event paints a multi-faceted, moving, and inspiring portrait of Judy through remembrances from over 35 of her ACAT and Juilliard colleagues and students, as well as archival footage of her teaching. Pearl’s teaching at ACAT is also celebrated.
The film introduces the Judith Leibowitz Scholarship Committee, which raises funds to provide scholarships for BIPOC candidates to train as Alexander teachers in order to diversify our profession.
About Kim Jessor and Carolyn Serota
Kim Jessor teaches Alexander Technique at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program and undergraduate New Studio on Broadway Musical Theater Program. She received her certification from The American Center for the Alexander Technique where she taught on senior faculty 1986-2018, as well as serving for 3 years as ACAT’s Director of Teacher Certification.
Kim teaches privately in Manhattan and Brooklyn. She has been collaborating with colleague Rebecca Tuffey in developing the Embodying Empathy workshops, which have been presented at ACAT, Juilliard Drama, the AmSAT ACGMs 2019 and 2021, the Freedom to Act conference, and for the AT Diversity Coalition.
Carolyn Serota has been teaching the Alexander Technique in the Drama Division at The Juilliard School since 1990. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College, she performed and taught dance before training as an Alexander teacher at ACAT, certifying in 1987. She was a member of the ACAT Teacher Training faculty 1989-92; the Chautauqua Conservatory faculty 1994-95; and The Actors Center 1997–98. Since 1990, in addition to teaching, she has joined with many directors at Juilliard to explore the integration of the AT and Acting in the rehearsal and performance process. She has an ongoing collaboration in this exploration with her husband, acting teacher and director Richard Feldman; together they have presented various workshops on the integration of acting and the Alexander Technique at the Freedom to Act conferences and at the AmSAT AGM.
During her 30 years at Juilliard, Carolyn has worked to develop Judy’s Energy Work into a process for character transformation.
Wednesday, 24 August 2022
20:30 h - 22:00 h (8.30pm-10.00pm)
Floor: EG – ground floor
Room: H 0112