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  Ilse Pfeifer

Ilse Pfeifer is currently teaching Fitzmaurice Voicework and Movement at the Actors Movement Studio, and was also a Guest Teacher at Eastern Connecticut State University and at Fordham University. She has taught workshops in NYC for students from Eastern New Mexico University and Central and Eastern Connecticut State University. She has also taught at Gate Acting Conservatory, NYU/Playwrights Horizons, and the Actors Center in New York City, Sioux Falls University in South Dakota, University of New Mexico, and in Europe at the Freie Universitaet in Berlin and the Berlin School of Performing Arts, and she presented an introduction to Fitzmaurice Voicework at the KCACTF conference in Providence Rhode Island in January 2005.

She worked as movement coach for Arch Street Pictures and filmmaker Robert Columbo. Ilse danced with Zero Moving Dance Company for five years, and later worked as performing artist, choreographer, and bodyworker. Her work has been presented by the Next Move Festival at Annenberg Center, American Music Theatre Festival, City Dances, The Arts Bank, and Movement Theatre International in Philadelphia, and by Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors Festival, PS 122, and Dixon Place in NYC, as well as Baltimore Theatre Project. She worked as interviewer with PBS documentary filmmaker Glenn Holsten in Love Park, danced in choreographer Kevin O'Day's Storage Space, danced and acted in Helmut Gottschild's Frogs, Karen Bamonte's Salon Evenings, and sang in radio artist Gregory Whitehead's Nothing but Fog. Ilse conceptualized and produced I gaze at the prairie and see things and MIX. Both were aired in part by PBS in Philadelphia. She was honored as a Pew Fellowships in the Arts Discipline winner in Choreography & Dance-based Performance Art.

Along with her artistic work she has had a long-standing interest in somatic modalities. Initially it was for her own use to help keep her body healthy and available, and to address performers' anxiety and specific dance injuries. As Ilse enjoys helping others, this eventually led her to work with others and to share her knowledge in order to better their performances. She studied modalities such as foot reflexology in the technique of Eunice D. Ingham in Germany to work with reflexes in the body, and Reiki with the Traditional Reiki Network in the US to help with the energetic body, as well as neuro-muscular retraining with Irene Dowd in NYC to work with movement retraining and the muscular/skeletal structure. To enhance her understanding of acting, Ilse deepened her theatre training at the Actors Center Teacher Development Progrram in NYC. She currently resides in New York City where she teaches weekly Fitzmaurice Labs and works with private clients in the performing arts and other professions interested in her synthesis as voice/body coach.

Graduate Diploma Royal Academy of Dancing, London; Graduate Diploma Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London.

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