For the past 43 years, Tommy Thompson has taught the Alexander Technique to professional and Olympic athletes, dressage riders, scientists, physicians, corporate and university professionals, musicians, dancers, actors, children and the disabled. He has an active private teaching practice and has given well over 700 workshops for Alexander teachers, teacher trainees and the general public in the U.S.A., England, France, Ireland, Spain, Hungary, Canada, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Japan and Israel and Korea. Tommy served as special assistant to the 1976 Olympic USA Heavyweight Rowing Crew and was Founder and Director of the Alexander Technique Center at Cambridge, which for three consecutive years was awarded: The Best of Cambridge in Alternative and Holistic Health. At the center, Tommy has been training Alexander teachers since 1983.
Tommy was on the faculty at Harvard University for 13 years where he taught the Technique to graduate students enrolled in the Institute for Advanced Theater Training, Harvard University/Moscow Art Theater and the American Repertory Theater.A former Assistant Professor of Drama and Managing Director of Tufts Arena Theater at Tufts University, Tommy has acted and directed over 200 theater productions, working, acting or directing with such notable artists as Jerzy Grotowski, actor/producer and two time Oscar winner, Michael Douglas, Jerry Turner (of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Georgi Paro (Dubrovnik), Robert E. Lee (Inherit the Wind) and with Tennessee Williams in a revival of Eccentricities of a Nightingale (1977). Tommy is co-founder, charter member, and was first Chair of Alexander Technique International (ATI). His contributions to ATI earned him the ATI Life Time Membership Award. He is also an Honorary Member of ATI France (ATIF), the Irish Society of Alexander Technique Teachers (ISATT), and a teaching member of the Japan Alexander Technique Association (JATA).
Tommy co-founded the Alexander Technique Association of New England (ATA) in 1982 and the Frank Pierce Jones Archives and the F. Matthias Alexander Archives, initially housed in the Wessell Library at Tufts University. He was ATA’s director for six years.
Tommy is co-author of Scientific and Humanistic Contributions of Frank Pierce Jonesand has contributed numerous papers on the Alexander work, Tai Chi, and theater to Alexander and theater journals, periodicals, martial arts journals, and newsletters. Tommy has taught in over twenty teacher-training courses around the world, presented papers at both the First and Second International Congresses for Alexander Teachers, was one of the Second Generation Teachers invited to give master classes at the Third International Congress and has consistently given Continuous Learning classes at the congresses since their inception.
Tommy is currently writing a novel Just Like Always --in progress, while beginning a book on the Alexander work, Ease of Being: Perspectives on The Alexander Technique.
In 2016, along with Debi Adams and Bob Lada, his two principle teaching assistants in his teacher training course for over thirty years, Tommy co-founded “In the Company of Support,” an Annual Summer Retreat for advanced study in the Alexander work for teachers, trainees and the general public. Each summer, teachers and guest presenters from the Alexander community and in the Arts, Humanities and Science, world-wide are invited to teach and participate.