Belinda is a movement specialist with expertise in communication, presentation, and the performing arts. Often her help is sought out to resolve issues with chronic tension or anxiousness as well as balance and movement coordination. Her students gain a sense of well-being that comes with living dynamically and comfortably in your own skin.
Belinda Mello is a senior level Alexander Technique teacher and movement specialist in practice since 1989. In addition to her ongoing classes and lessons at AT MOTION, she currently teaches at The Barrow Group, SITI Conservatory, and as a guest at other acting programs — now looking forward to offering classes the Terry Knickerbocker Studio in the summer.
Training and Influences: Her movement experience is grounded in contact improvisation, ideokinesis, modern dance, yoga and Body-Mind Centering. She has been tutored in mask by Per Brahe and studied Rasaboxes with Paula Murray Cole. Her Alexander Technique training began at The Alexander Foundation in Philadelphia including study with the late Marjorie Barstow, first generation teacher. She continues to study with master teachers and completed a post-graduate training in the Carrington approach and Dart procedures. Belinda earned her BA at Hampshire College and is a graduate, cum laude and Joel Zwick scholarship awardee, of the MFA directing program at Brooklyn College/CUNY. She is a member of the Margolis Method professor certification group.
She has been a teaching artist at the Ted Bardy Studio, Larry Singer Studio, Muhlenberg College, The Actor’s Movement Studio, the New Actor’s Workshop, NYU's Musical Theater Workshop, The Shakespeare Lab in NYC, Jean Cocteau Rep, Aching Dogs and offered masterclasses for the SITI Company and in Toronto, Colorado Springs. For fifteen years she was an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Brooklyn College/CUNY Theater Department where she taught the BFA Movement, Mask and BA Acting.
Alexander Technique Projects: With Ann Rodiger, she co-produces the annual Freedom to Act Conference in NYC and is on faculty at the summer Alexander Residential Workshops in Spokane and Columbus. In collaboration with Monika Gross of the Poise Project, she created the curriculum of the first AT based course for care partners of people with Parkinson’s Disease: Partnering with Poise. She has taught continuing education courses to Licensed Massage Therapists and presented at the National Verbatim Reporters Convention. In addition to giving presentations, she coaches executives and lawyers, helping them shape and tell their story with confidence.
As a director, divisor, & movement specialist: on theater productions with The Women’s Project (CROOKED), Prospect Theater Company (DARK NIGHTS PROJECT), Tribeca Center for the Performing Arts (PARLOR SONG), Sulai Lopez’s one woman show (CULTURE OF COMPUNCTION;THE ARCHETYPES OF AMERICAN NEUROSIS).
As a writer: She has been published as a BACKSTAGE Expert and co-authored (2012): Cultivating a lively use of tension: the synergy between acting and the Alexander Technique, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 3:1, 27-40.