Babette Markus

Adjunct Lecturer


Babette Markus is a faculty member at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. She currently teaches Alexander Technique for actors at USC in the MFA and BFA programs. She also teaches Alexander Technique for performers, which is open to BA theatre students, as well as musicians, dancers, performing artists and athletes.

Markus has been teaching Alexander Technique for 35 years. She is a founding member of the Alexander Training Institute of Los Angeles (ATI-LA). Since 1986, along with her colleagues, she has trained over 75 individuals to become certified teachers of the Alexander Technique in this three-year training course. A number of those graduates continue to develop their teaching skills in a reciprocal relationship, benefiting from Markus’ mentorship while assisting in her university classes.

She has taught at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia since 1984, for the theater, music, and dance schools. She taught Alexander Technique for fitness instructors and ergonomics and Alexander Technique at UCLA Extension for many years. In 1999, she created a program called Bio-Ergonomics/Alexander Technique (The BEAT Training) specializing in supporting people with repetitive strain injuries.

She holds a degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and a certificate from the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT), New York City. She completed a post-graduate course (2006-7) through ACAT, The Art of Breathing, taught by Jessica Wolf of Yale University. She is past president of the American Center for the Alexander Technique, West, and is a master teacher and member of AMSAT, American Society for Teachers of the Alexander Technique.

Markus has extensive background in dance and yoga, hiking and swimming. She lives and has a private practice in Los Angeles on the Westside.


University of California – Berkeley