About Penny McDonald

The Alexander Technique history

I first had Alexander Technique lessons when I was working as an actor in a street theatre company. This work was very demanding, both physically and vocally. After Alexander lessons I found everything became easier, I felt lighter and my voice carried further and with no strain. I have found over the years that I respond well to stressful situations and am generally very happy.

I have been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1996, in a private practice and at music and acting schools across Melbourne . I now live and run a practice in Hobart, Tasmania.

I’ve taught at Australian National Academy of Music, National Theatre Drama School, VCA, Howard Fine Acting Studio, 16th Street Acting Studio, Film & TV Studio and Brave Studios. I was also a regular guest teacher at The School for F. M. Alexander Studies.

Over the past 20 years, I’ve worked with actors across theatre, film and television. This includes Hugh Jackman, Sigrid Thornton, Samuel Johnson (Molly), Margot Knight, Lachlan Woods, Ally Fowler and Cody Fern.

I have studied with international master teachers including Jean-Louis Rodrigue, Caren Bayer, Pamela Blanc on the Art of Breathing and Voice Teacher Patsy Rodenburg.

In 2017, I was approved by AUSTAT as a Head of Training and began training future teachers of the Alexander Technique in my own school, and plan to start a training course in Hobart in 2020.

I am available for group classes and professional development sessions.

I can also visit your rehearsal to work with your cast or musicians, or come to you for a special group class.

“I have worked with Penny for years and have found her to be one of the most intuitive, generous, and life changing practitioners in the field. Her experience is enormous and her gifts undeniable. I am thrilled that all at 16th Street Actors Studio will experience the benefits of Penny teaching as much as I have over the past decade and a half.”

— Hugh Jackman

Water Healing Dance History

From the first time I saw a practitioner work with someone in water I knew I had to train in this modality. A water session is a very special time of being met in the water, the water supports you  and as I follow how your body unwinds and releases you are given an experience of pure joy. My training in this work happened over many years and in many countries. I graduated as a Healing Dance practitioner in 2011. My most profound training in water work was when I studied Presence of Being with Shantam in 2012. This course taught me to trust in allowing your body to guide the movement in the water, which means each water session is different and profoundly special and unique for you.

Training

Alexander Technique Teacher Training Course (1993 – 1996)

Healing Dance Practitioner (Graduted 2011, commenced training 2008)

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110 (2017)

Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training BSZ40198 (2005)

Diploma of Teaching, Tasmanian College of Advanced Education (1980)
Intensive Acting Course – Q Theatre, Penrith NSW (1982 – 1983)
Level 2 First Aid
Working with Children Check

Professional Associations

Member AUSTAT – professional society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique
Member WABA – professional association of Aquatic Body Work
Member ASPAH –  Australian Society of Performing Arts Healthcare