— cognitive science and the Alexander Technique


Rachel Zahn, having completed extensive theatre training at the University of Maryland and Catholic University, graduated from the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) in 1969. During the 1970s, she studied proprioceptive training with Moshe Feldenkrais, Charlotte Selver, and Elaine Summers. She became an assistant to Judith Leibowitz at the Juilliard School of Music in New York and in 1973 and joined the ACAT, where she remained from 1972 to 1981. She received funding from the Ford Foundation to train actors in the Technique at Shakespeare & Company in Stratford, England. The 1970s and 80s proved to be a fruitful period of collaboration with psychologists, producing a unique interdisciplinary approach to the psychophysical process of ‘high performance’ training for actors, musicians, athletes, and original thinkers. She is a trained Gestalt-Ericksonian-EMDR psychotherapist. Zahn was inspired by the anthropologist Margaret Mead to embark on two doctorates relating global thinking, intercultural communication, and the mind–body problem. Her dissertation is being supervised by Michel Bitbol, Directeur de Recherche, CNRS, at CREA, École polytechnique. Zahn conducts seminars internationally.

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