Kathleen Juhl

Notable Achievements

Professor of Theatre Kathleen Juhl and Cathy Madden’s co-edited book, Galvanizing Performance: The Alexander Technique as a Catalyst for Excellence, was published on August 21, 2017. The Alexander Technique is practiced widely by performing artists. It encourages artists to make the choice to perform with ease and confidence. This book is the first of its kind because it focuses specifically on the ways performing artists and their teachers engage the Alexander Technique as they rehearse and perform. The book represents the first time Alexander Technique teachers have formally opened the doors to their teaching studios and classrooms to reveal specific pedagogies for working with the technique and performance.

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Expertise

Acting, Directing, Voice, Dialects, Alexander Technique, Performance Studies, Theatre for Social Justice, Feminist Performance

Kathleen Juhl has been teaching and directing at Southwestern University since 1987.

Juhl holds an MFA in acting and directing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, an M.A. in Oral Interpretation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

Juhl has directed numerous productions at Southwestern University including most recently, Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball, Anton in Show Business by Jane Martin, and Dead Man Walking by Tim Robbins. She has performed professionally in the Midwest and Southeast, in Austin, Texas, and as narrator with music ensembles in the Central Texas Area.

  • Kathleen Juhl has been teaching and directing at Southwestern University since 1987.

    Juhl holds an MFA in acting and directing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, an M.A. in Oral Interpretation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.

    Juhl has directed numerous productions at Southwestern University including most recently, Silent Sky by Lauren Gunderson, 5 Women Wearing the Same Dress by Alan Ball, Anton in Show Business by Jane Martin, and Dead Man Walking by Tim Robbins. She has performed professionally in the Midwest and Southeast, in Austin, Texas, and as narrator with music ensembles in the Central Texas Area.

  • Juhl, Kathleen and Cathy Madden, eds. Galvanizing Performance: The Alexander Technique as a Catalyst for Change, London: Singing Dragon Press, forthcoming August, 2017.

    Armstrong, Ann Elizabeth and Kathleen Juhl, eds. Radical Acts: Theatre and Femininst
    Pedagogies of Change, San Francisco: Aunt Lute Books, July 2007.

    Juhl, Kathleen and Lindsey Smith. “Adapt the Space! Working with People of Diverse Abilities.” Setting the Stage for Social Justice, Edited by Norma Bowles and Daniel Nadon. Southern Illinois University Press, 2013.

    Juhl, Kathleen, “Post-Tenure: A Performance in Blatant Subversion.” Feminist Activism in Academia: Essays on Personal, Political and Professional Change, Edited by Domnica Radulescu and Ellen Mayock. McFarland, 2010.

  • Spoken Word performance with Hai Zheng, cello, Wild Grass by Zhou Long,
    October, 2017

    Spoken word performance with Chaske Music Ensemble of Austin, October, 2013.

    Spoken word performance with violinist Eri Lee Lam, “Ferdinand the Bull,” music by Alan Ridout, October 2012.

    Le Chansons de Bilitis Project funded by the Mellon Foundation, performer and director, February 2010.

  • Alexander Technique

    Master Teacher, Festival of International Opera of the Americas, Campinas, Brazil, July, 2015.

    Master Teacher, Woodwind Studio, University of Texas at Austin, March and April, 2014.

    Master Teacher, Festival of International Opera of the Americas, Campinas, Brazil, July, 2013.

    Master Teacher, University of Louisiana, Monroe, opera workshop, May, 2011.

    Conferences

    The Alexander Technique and Mindfulness Practice, workshop presented at the Alexander Technique International Conference, 2016.

    How to Introduce Students to the Principles of the Alexander Technique If You Are
    Are Not an Alexander Technique Teacher, workshop presentation for the Association
    of Theatre in Higher Education, August 2012.

    Collaboratively-Devised Activist Theatre: Exploring the Implementation and Impact of One Devising Methodology in Diverse Contexts, presentation/performance/workshop
    for the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, August 2012.

    Embodying Power and Powerful Embodiment: From Commedia Dell’arte to Performative Activist Interventions, workshop presentation for the National Women’s Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, November 2011.

    Feminist Activism in Academia: Staging and Performing Dissent, panel presentation for the
    Women and Theatre Program Pre-Conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher
    Education, Chicago, August 2011.

    Tricky Physical Characterizations? Accomplish Them Easily using the Alexander Technique!
    Workshop for the Association of Theatre Movement Educators, Association for Theatre in
    Higher Education Conference, Chicago, August 2011.

    Quilting Women’s Memory in Performance I: Collective, Personal, Political. Performances sponsored by the Women and Theatre Program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, Chicago, August 2011.

    Quilting Women’s Memory in Performance II: Collective, Personal, Political. Panel sponsored by the Women and Theatre Program for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, Chicago, August 2011.