Judith Koltai is the Initiator and founder of the Professional Guild of Embodied Practice® and the Masterclass in Embodied Practice®, an ongoing research and training programme for experienced professionals and advanced students. She is the inventor of the methodology of the physical practice: Syntonics®. She has pioneered and is a specialist and researcher in the application of the discipline of Authentic Movement to the creative/performing arts and specifically to voice, text, writing and the initiation of original work. Her website is: www.embodiedpractice-judithkoltai.com.
Judith is the Founder and Animateur of The Cassandra Project (2003), a creative performance and social research collective. She has been on the faculty of the Voice Intensive as Director of Movement (since 1989), She was a regular Guest Artist/Movement Coach and Consultant for the National Theatre School of Canada between 2002 and 2009. Since 2008, she has been invited as guest pedagogue/artist at Compagnie Marie Chouinard.
For over 40 years, she has pioneered her unique approach in body movement practices applied to education, the performing arts, psychotherapy and physical rehabilitation. She has taught in major universities and conservatories, training professional practitioners and performing artists.
-Forms of Feeling - Frames of Mind in Contact Quarterly, Summer/Fall 2002,Vol.27,No.2 In Greek Translation: in Education and Theatre, #7, 2007, Hellenic Theatre/Drama Education Network, Athens, Greece -Making Sense, Getting Through: "The Word's Body" in Canadian Theatre Review, CTR 109, Winter 2002 -The Pleasure of the Text: Embodying Classical Language in the Theatre Through the Practice of Authentic Movement in Authentic Movement.Volume Two. Moving the Body, Moving the Self, Being Moved. A Collection of Essays. (Patrizia Pallaro, Ed.) Jessica Kingsley, Publishers, London, UK, 2007
Judith Koltai is of Hungarian origin. After fleeing her home country in 1956, she has lived in Sweden for 8 years, and trained as an actor, before immigrating to Canada in 1964. She has been a Canadian citizen since 1974. As a dual citizen she also works regularly in Sweden. At the age of 75, she continues to lead an active and full professional life. She currently makes her home in Victoria, B.C., from where she travels regularly to train professionals internationally and in Canada.
BFA(Theatre); MA(Counselling Psychology); BC-DTR (Member of the Academy of Registered Dance/Movement Therapists) Diplome Technique Corporelles Therese Bertherat (Paris, France).