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Elyse Shafarman, M.A.

Elyse is a faculty member of American Conservatory Theater’s acclaimed Masters of Fine Arts Program (2008), Berkeley Rep School of Theatre (2011), and adjunct at San Francisco State University’s Institute for Holistic Health Studies (2017).  She also teaches in private practice in San Francisco and Berkeley (since 2004).

Education and Training

Elyse combines her 1600 hours of Alexander Technique training with a Master’s degree in Physiological Psychology. She studied the scientific underpinnings of the mind-body connection, and conducted research on the benefits of Alexander Technique for computer users.

Elyse trained with Frank Ottiwell at the Alexander Training Institute in San Francisco. After graduating in 2003, Elyse assisted Frank’s classes for actors at American Conservatory Theater for seven years.


Elyse’s background includes a 10-year career in modern dance and training in a wide array of somatic and mindfulness disciplines, including:

  • Body-Mind Centering
  • Feldenkrais
  • Gyrotonics
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (65 hr Teacher Training Practicum)
  • Vinyasa & Svaroopa Yoga (RYT 200) & Restorative Yoga (50 hr)

She has taught Alexander Technique throughout the Bay Area at diverse venues including American Conservatory Theater’s Summer Training Congress, Elephant Pharmacy, Jeffrey Bihr Studio, The French American International High School, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, and San Francisco State University.

For Fun

Elyse is an ardent student of Argentine Tango, and can be found joyfully dancing at many of the local Milongas. In 2009 she was awarded the Tango Califia Scholarship to study with Master teachers from Argentina at Nora’s Tango Week.


Elyse is honored to help people of all ages and vocations find ease and comfort in their bodies.