Janet Madelle Feindel, MFA, proudly certified as a Fitzmaurice Associate in 2001. She is a tenured full professor at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Drama, where she has been actively involved with the training of many sought after actors including: Tony Award recipient Patina Miller (Pippin); Matt Bomer, Golden Globe recipient (Normal Heart); Tony Award nominees Josh Gad and Rory O’Malley (original Book of Mormon); Zach Quinto (Star Trek); Megan Hilty (Wicked, Noises Off); Cote de Pablo (NCIS); Leslie Odom, Jr, (Hamilton), among others. She also served as Visiting Professor at UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television.
Her book, The Thought Propels the Sound, published by Plural, has received enthusiastic reviews from the Voice and Speech Journal, American Theatre Magazine, British Voice Association. Feindel has published numerous articles on the intersection of voice, acting and Alexander including a chapter in Performer’s Voice, Plural publishing and the Congress Papers of the F. M. Alexander Technique, published by the Society of Teachers of the Alexander Technique, London, UK. Other publications include Globe and Mail, Book Review (National Edition); Canadian Theatre Review and "A Particular Class of Women" in Singular Voices, Canada Playwrights Press.
Feindel combines the Fitzmaurice® Voicework with Alexander Technique and is also a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher. She has studied extensively with Cicely Berry, Richard Armstrong (who she assisted at the Banff Centre, Canada), Francis Thomas, Andrew Wade and others. She is a certified yoga alliance teacher, having studied yoga, dance and movement for many years.
Feindel has presented at conferences internationally including Freedom to Act (NYC); VASTA (Montreal); Choice For Voice (British Voice Association and Guildhall School), London, UK; Care of the Professional Voice Symposium (Philadelphia); International Congress on the F. M. Alexander Technique (Oxford, UK and Lugano, Switzerland); Alexander Technique International (Budapest, Hungary; Papenburg, Germany; Philadelphia,PA); Pacific Voice and Speech Foundation (LA and Santa Clara, CA) among many others. She has led workshops in Germany, Pittsburgh, and Quebec.
Credits include co-coaching with Cicely Berry, CBE, on Theatre for a New Audience’s The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice, starring Academy Award recipient F. Murray Abraham. She also was Abraham’s private Alexander coach. Merchant also played at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Complete Works Festival. She has coached at the Stratford Festival, including the Birmingham Conservatory; Canadian Stage Company; Shaw Festival, where she was also Principal of the Academy; in Pittsburgh: Public Theatre, Quantum Theatre, The Rep. Film credits include Love and Hate, US Queer as Folk, Dream Team.
MFA Carnegie Mellon University; BA University of Toronto; Honors Diploma in Acting, George Brown College.
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