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Kelly Schoger

Kelley Schoger

Assistant Professor of Acting & Stage Movement

Education

  • MFA, Theatre Pedagogy, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.AmSAT, Alexander Technique
  • BA, Theatre, Virginia Tech

Research Areas

  • Acting & Alexander Technique
  • Physical Theatre
  • Intimacy Direction

About


Kelley Schoger (MFA, M.AmSAT) is Assistant Professor of Movement and Acting at the University of Alabama where she teaches Alexander Technique, Movement for the Actor, and Acting in the graduate and undergraduate theatre programs. She is an actor, movement specialist, and nationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique through the American Society for the Alexander Technique. Kelley seeks to help performers find greater availability, vulnerability, and expressive range through the lens of the Alexander Technique, and continues to explore the intersection between Alexander Technique, movement, and the acting process.

As a movement professional, she has created movement for Mother Courage and Her Children (Arena Stage, DC), along with other regional productions, and internationally with the British physical theatre company, Complicite. Kelley has created original works of physical theatre, including Her Destined Port, performed at New York City’s La Mama Experimental Theatre Club in 2015, and Beauty, Identity, Release at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in 2019 (for which she was awarded a UA faculty research grant) and in Austria at the IUGTE Interdisciplinary Arts Conference. At University of Alabama she has movement directed or coached numerous productions including The Philadelphia Story, La Ronde, and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as acted in and directed several productions, including The Servant of Two Masters.

She has offered numerous workshops at national conferences, and presented research in Alexander Technique and Acting at the Alexander Technique International Congress and Alexander Technique National Conferences. Kelley is currently working with Jessica Wolf at Yale School of Drama on an advanced teacher certification in the groundbreaking “Art of Breathing” technique, which combines the Alexander Technique and the respiratory re-education work of Carl Stough. She is also pursuing training in Intimacy Direction for the stage.

Kelley worked professionally in New York City for ten years as an actor and puppeteer with such organizations as MCC Theater, La MaMa E.T.C., Mabou Mines, Theatre for the New City, and The Culture Project.