Hello. I’m Marietta Simarro. I was an accountant, although at the same time I was chasing the dream of becoming an actress when I came across the Alexander Technique. The Alexander Technique turned to be such an essential tool to perform drama that I decided to become a teacher to grasp its full potential. Soon the tool to pursued my dream became the dream itself.
I’ve started in 2003 by having private lessons weekly for two years with Rafa Navarro in Madrid. I was training as an actress in Teatro Guindalera and obtained my diploma in 2005. Then I trained as an Alexander Teacher in London at the Constructive Teaching Centre (CTC), Walter and Dilys Carrington’s school, with excellent teachers: Dilys Carrington, Ruth Murray, Alan Philips, Beryl Tollady and John Brown, among others. It is an STAT-approved Teacher Training Course. The training course consists on 3 years, full time (5 days a week, 3 hours per day), 1,600 hours in total, mostly practical with a great number of teachers per student with plenty of individual work.
After I graduated in 2009, I did a teaching term at CTC, and worked at LAMDA and ArtsED. In 2010 I returned to my birth place, Madrid, and completed a 1,000 hours postgraduate with Andrea Beesley. I continued learning by visiting yearly CTC and having lessons with senior teachers: Elisabeth Walker, Paul Berge, Thomas Pope, John Nicholls, among others, and regularly with Simon Fitzgibbon. I also usually assist to continuing learning workshops run by Ted Dimon and Steven Shaw among others at the International Alexander Technique Congresses.
I run two seminaries for the official Madrid centre for the training of teachers CTIF (Territorial Centre of Innovation and Training, Comunidad de Madrid), “The Alexander Technique applied to teaching at the conservatoire classroom” (12 hours each) for music teachers at Amaniel, Professional Conservatoire of Music in Madrid, in the courses of 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. I run my private practice and worked at Simon Fitzgibbon’s school, El Mono y el Madroño, between 2011-2015.
I moved to Sydney in 2016 and since then I work as the main assistant in Simon Fitzgibbon’s school, City Sydney Alexander Technique, and maintain a private practice in Darlinghurst.
I am a member of ATE, Alexander Technique Education association and AUSTAT, the Australian association of Alexander Technique Teachers.