I am an artist mixed with an academic; a free spirit with analytical undertones. My educational and professional paths reflect this as I hold degrees in classical voice from Peabody Conservatory as well as Cognitive science and Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins.
Professionally, I have performed with opera companies in New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, West Palm and Arizona. I have also worked as an investment analyst at a atraditional firm with a penchant for hiring artists with academic backgrounds.
I see Alexander technique as a philosophy of everyday living; or, as John Dewey posited "a prerequisite for all other learning".
Today, I still perform as well as agent for intellectuals on the lecture circuit. I make time to teach Alexander as it most challenges--and ironically unites me--physically, emotionally and intellectually. It has infused my life with infinite joy as well as unfathomed potential--such things I wish to help others discover in themselves.
After completing both my supervisory private teaching and my training at ACAT, I have made time to volunteer weekly to help further teach and train the current trainees alongside one of my own senior trainers as a means of continuing learning from him as well as learning through doing (as in teaching!). Working with more advanced students of the technique that are enrolled in teacher training helps me refine my own understanding of the philosophy as well as physical hands-own aspects of working with students as I can try new assists and ideas and get safe, helpful feedback.
Representing the best artistic, entrepreneurial and intellectual talent on the circuit today, I am an experienced purveyor of ideas in the creative space partnering with leading corporations, arts institutions and universities to curate lectures, workshops and talks from the leading figure of the day. From Salman Rushdie and Neri Oxman to Salman Khan and Jared Diamond, I curate programs that help to "make the world a smarter place" and thusly have keen insight into the world of TED and all the subsequent ideas festivals/talks it has spawned (as we're the official agency partner of TED and represent a wide swath of its most popular speakers). If you're an entrepreneur, a creative, an intellectual or anyone with a story to tell; I can help you not only refine your physical/vocal use on stage, but can also lend keen insight into the crafting of speech and platform so to launch a successful speaking career.
Nichols is hailed as one of the world's most preeminent Alexander teachers having long studied and taught alongside one of Alexander's main protoge's, Walter Carrington. Over the Fall of 2015 into the Spring of 2016, I completed John's graduate level course where we focused on refining our self-employment of the AT principles as well as transmitting said principles to students.
The American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) is the largest professional association of certified Alexander Technique teachers in the United States.The requirements for AmSAT teacher certification are specified in AmSAT's Bylaws and include the completion of 1,600 hours of training over a minimum of three years at an AmSAT-approved Teacher Training Course. AmSAT Teacher Training Courses maintain a five-to-one student/teacher ratio.