Professor, School of Drama
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Geordie trained as an Alexander Technique teacher at the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles, earning his AmSAT certification in 2001. He has earned two post-graduate teacher certifications from the American Center for the Alexander Technique, NYC: The Art of Breathing with Jessica Wolf, (2003) and The Carrington Way of Working with John Nicholls, (2004). In Los Angeles, Geordie taught voice at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Stella Adler Academy of Acting, as well as originating classes in the Alexander Technique into both of the curriculums. He also taught Alexander to classical singers in the OperaWorks summer training program at Cal State Northridge. As an actor, he attended the LA City College Theatre Academy, and earned his BA in Acting from California State University at Fullerton. He has trained and performed with Shakespeare & Company, and has acted in roles in theatre and television. In 2003, Geordie joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Drama teaching Alexander and Linklater Voice. Earning his Designation as a Linklater Voice Teacher in 2007, he has continued to train with Kristin Linklater in voice, text and Shakespeare in workshops in the U.S., Germany and more recently at her new Voice Center in Orkney, Scotland. Master teacher Andrea Haring was his mentor through his teacher training in Linklater voice.
His work with actors developed an interest in the effects of trauma on the body which led him to explore and train in the somatic disciplines of Psychodrama and Psychodramatic Bodywork. For 3 years he traveled to Boston to train with Alexander teacher Betsy Polatin in the first teacher training in her body of work, The Actor’s Secret, which combines Alexander, Breathing Coordination and Somatic Experiencing. That training inspired him to enter the 3 year professional training in Somatic Experiencing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina which he will complete in 2019.
In his years teaching at UNCSA he has been promoted to the rank of Professor and in 2013 won the prestigious UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching - the highest honor the UNC system grants to acknowledge its faculty’s accomplishments. He has presented workshops in voice and Alexander at conferences in the U.S. and abroad, and is thrilled to host Master Teacher Michael Frederick’s Residential Alexander Technique Workshop at UNCSA every July. He maintains a private practice in Winston-Salem, NC and is a member of SAG-AFTRA, VASTA and AmSAT.