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Donald L. Weed, D.C. (1950-2022) began his professional career as a teacher of the Alexander Technique in 1975. He studied the Alexander Technique with Marjorie Barstow (from 1971 to 1993) and a number of other teachers, most notably Frank Pierce Jones and Margaret Goldie.


Don had undergraduate degrees in Fine Arts and Human Biology as well as a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He taught the work of FM Alexander to many thousands of students and performers around the world including at numerous universities, music conservatoires and acting schools, as well as the Performance School in Seattle, which he helped to co-found in 1986.

Don Weed founder of ITM

In addition to his background in sports and martial arts, he had an extensive background as an actor, singer, director and performance coach, which provided the basis for the performance workshops he taught throughout the United States and Europe. ​


In addition to being Head of Training for the four-year ITM Teacher Training Course, Don created and presented a four-year advanced training course for the purpose of training ITM teachers to become ITM teacher trainers. This training began in 2012. A number of graduates from the 2012 Trainer Training Course joined Don in the training of teachers in 2016.


When Don passed away suddenly in March 2022, the ITM trainers took on full responsibility for the training of teachers on the current 2021 ITM Teacher Training Course and for presenting annual summer workshops for the public.

The ITM continues to build on Don's work of over fifty years. His dedicated study of Alexander's work and his understanding of how to teach it will continue to inform and inspire us. His belief in each person's unique nature and abilities lives on in the legacy he left us - a profound and radical approach to the teaching of Alexander's work.


For more information about Don and the ITM, please see his article: “How the ITM Began,” by Don Weed.

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“Witty, wise, insightful and

compassionate, Don is able to bring out the best in everyone.”

Ann, Bristol, ITM Student

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“… an inspiring teacher who encourages you not to

limit yourself.”

John, Birmingham, ITM Student

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