Tom Vasiliades studied math and science at Queens College of the City University of New York in the 1970’s. During his second year, he took an acting course, caught the “acting bug” and decided to pursue an acting career. From the late 1970’s to the early 1990’s he worked mostly in theater as an actor, director and producer, and as an actor in film and television.
In 1985, following a friend's suggestion as a way to help his acting work, he took his first Alexander Technique lessons. From these lessons, he noticed significant changes. He felt freer, bigger, and expansive. Studying the Technique created benefits in his acting work: improved breathing, better vocal production, more freedom in movement and greater emotional availability and expression. He also found that it profoundly changed how he did life activities off-stage as well. These experiences, along with studies in other disciplines and practices in personal growth and development, led him to train as a teacher at the American Center for the Alexander Technique in New York City; he certified in 1994.
Since the 1980’s he has experienced the Alexander work with over 100 teachers from different teaching lineages, traditions and styles. His studies with John Nicholls, Walter Carrington, Dilys Carrington and Peggy Williams are his main influences in his teaching and training.
Tom has taught in university settings, medical offices and health clubs. He teaches at The Juilliard School. He was on the faculty and the Chair of the Movement Department at The New School for Drama (formerly the Actors Studio Drama School at New School University) and was on the faculty at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Tom has presented workshops on the fundamentals of teaching the Technique to the Alexander teaching community at the AmSAT conferences and International Alexander Congresses. He continues to teach lessons, classes and workshops throughout the United States.
In 2004 he opened the Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development whose mission is to make the Alexander work available to the public. Tom works with performers, people with chronic pain, asthma, emphysema and other respiratory ailments, business people and athletes.
In January 2014 he opened his own Alexander Technique teacher training program, the Training Center for the Alexander Technique-NYC (TCAT-NYC). TCAT-NYC offers teacher training in the evenings and weekends to accommodate those with full-time day jobs and others who cannot train in the daytime during the week. He also offers continuing education workshops for Alexander teachers. He has been an assistant at ACAT and on the faculty of Habit and Choice (Beret Arcaya), ATNYC and John NichollsAT training programs.
In 1999, Tom completed a two-year psychotherapy training program in Social Therapy — an approach that helps people through performance and group building to re-initiate human development — at the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy. He studied with Carl Stough for seven years. Stough is the developer of Breathing Coordination, an approach that improves the breathing process.
He is a member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and Alexander Technique International (ATI). He has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors and President of the American Center for the Alexander Technique. He also served on the Board of the American Society for the Alexander Technique.
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