Alexander Technique West
"FORWARD AND UP"
About Alexander Technique West
AT West, LLC is a family, Alexander Technique, business. Barbara Wegher-Thompson, MA, and Seth Wegher-Thompson, MS, met due to their common interests in Theater Arts and were married in 1987. Shortly after the wedding, they moved from Southern California to Philadelphia, where, after attending the three-year residential teacher training program at the Alexander Foundation of Philadelphia they were both certified as Alexander Technique teachers in 1991 . They are also certified as AT teachers by Alexander Technique International (ATI).
They returned to Southern California. Barbara began teaching AT on the faculty of California Lutheran University (CLU) Theater and Dance Department. She has been teaching at CLU ever since. Barbara holds a Master of Arts in Dance from UCLA. Seth obtained a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology from CLU in 1995. He is a retired CA State Department of Rehabilitation, Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor.
Together, they bring a specialized knowledge and experience of Alexander Technique related to dance, voice, music, arts, education, sports, psychology, business, interviewing and employment skills, and accessibility awareness.
In 2018 the Wegher-Thompson family made the decision to establish AT West as a fully-realized family business. Their daughter Theresa, a lifelong Alexander Technique student, assists as the AT West Social Media Coordinator.
AT West's clientele includes a wide range of individuals because Alexander Technique is for everyone. With benefits such as reduced muscular tension, increased balance and coordination, reduced anxiety and clearer thinking, AT can be applied to any lifestyle, profession, or skill-set to help you live your best life.
AT West instructs adults. We insist on making all our instruction fully accessible and inclusive. If you are interested in AT instruction for your child, or a conserved adult, special arrangements must be discussed with Barbara and Seth, a written agreement must be in place, and the minor or conserved adult must be accompanied by their parent, guardian, or conservator at all times during instruction.
We offer private instruction as well as small group lessons, hands on lectures, and immersive workshops.
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Barbara Wegher-Thompson, MA
Barbara received certification as an Alexander Technique teacher in 1991 from the Alexander Foundation in Philadelphia. Since 1991, she has been a teaching member of Alexander Technique International (ATI) and has continuously taught Alexander Technique at California Lutheran University. She holds an MA in Dance from UCLA. During the past 30+ years at CLU, Barbara developed a Dance Minor program as well as teaching thousands of students Alexander Technique, Linklater Voice, Movement for Actors, Modern Dance, Choreography, and Exercise Science/Sports Medicine.
Seth Wegher-Thompson, MS
A.T. Practitioner/Vocational Counselor (Ret)
Seth received his certification as an Alexander Technique teacher from the Alexander Foundation in Philadelphia in 1991. He holds a MS in Counseling Psychology from California Lutheran University. Seth is a retired Senior Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with the CA State Department of Rehabilitation. He served people with disabilities as they attained their career goals. He was awarded the 2016 Funding Partner of the Year, Awesome in Autism Award, by the Ventura County Autism Society. Seth co-teaches classes and workshops with Barbara as well as working with individuals. He takes care of a lot of the "business stuff" at AT West.
As the daughter of Barbara and Seth, Theresa has been a lifelong AT student. In her professional work as a multidisciplinary artist and vocal coach, AT has greatly influenced and enriched Theresa's work. Theresa is a graduate of Muhlenberg College where she completed a double major in Theatre and Dance with high honors. Theresa has also studied Physical Theatre internationally through the Accademia dell'Arte in Arezzo, Italy which included training in AT, Fitzmaurice Voicework, Commedia, and numerous movement methodologies. Theresa serves as AT West’s Administrative Coordinator.
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