View from my Alexander Technique teaching roomI trained as an Alexander teacher from April 1992 to April 1995 at The Constructive Teaching Centre, Holland Park, West London. The training school was run by Walter and Dilys Carrington. Walter trained with Alexander from 1936 to 1939 and after the war was Alexander’s assistant from 1945 to 1955 until Alexander died. Walter then took over the training of teachers and continued to do so to the present day, providing a direct link to the source of the Technique. Sadly Walter died peacefully in his sleep on August 7th 2005 at the age of 90. He leaves an immeasurable legacy and gift to the world and will be hugely missed by all those who knew him. It was a tremendous privilege to have been trained by him. Click here to read his obituary.

Since qualifying I have been an assistant teacher at the centre, working there on the training course and privately every Friday. The training course will continue under Ruth Murray, who has been Walter’s assistant director for many years, and the other full time and assistant teachers.

The rest of the week I teach privately. On Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays I work from home just outside Burford in Oxfordshire. On Thursdays I am the resident teacher at Associated Newspapers in London, publishers of The Daily and Sunday Mail and The Evening Standard. On Monday mornings I teach students at The Oxford School of Drama, using my skills as an Alexander teacher and my 25 years of experience as a professional actor.

I am also an occasional visiting teacher to the Manchester Alexander Technique Training School (see Links).

I am a member of STAT – The Society of Teachers of The Alexander Technique. STAT was founded in 1958 and is the internationally recognised representative body for the Technique with affiliated societies across the world. All STAT members have completed a three year, full-time training with a minimum of 1600 hours tuition. We are fully insured and bound by a Code of Professional Conduct

From 1995 to 2000 I was the press and publicity officer for STAT and a member of their governing Council.

Since 1981 when I left school I have been a professional actor working on stage and in tv, film and radio. Over the last twelve years since I qualified as an Alexander teacher my teaching has gradually supplanted my acting and I now teach full time and only work occasionally as an actor. I combine both sets of skills by teaching actors and drama students. From 1996 to 2003 I was the resident Alexander teacher at The Actors’ Centre in Covent Garden, London and I have taught Alexander at Lamda and The London International Theatre School. I am now the resident teacher at The Oxford School of Drama.

I have a special interest in cycling and the Alexander Technique. I have worked with many pupils on and off their bikes, both on the road and on rollers. I have had special ‘Alexander’ bikes built for me and recently acquired a Pedersen bicycle which allows the cyclist a very upright riding attitude. If you are interested in working on a bike or would like some advice/input on ‘Alexander-type’ bicycles please don’t hesitate to contact me. Happy cycling!

Joe Searby 01993 822450 / 07970 611077 / joe@searby.net

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