Jean McClelland is a 30-year senior teacher of the Alexander Technique, certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) and the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT). Jean received her B.A. from Vassar College and did graduate study at Boston University in opera and vocal performance. She studied extensively at the Carl Stough Institute for Breathing Coordination and is one of fewer than a dozen people personally selected by Stough to teach his work. As a performer, Jean appeared in the Broadway production of Camelot and at Paper Mill Playhouse, Bardavon Opera House, Bergen Performing Arts Center and the Reagle Music Theater of Greater Boston. She originated the role of Jane/Aeola in Wallace and Allen Shawn’s The Music Teacher and has played leading roles in The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, Show Boat, The Marriage of Figaro, A Little Night Music, The Pirates of Penzance, Silk Stockings, The Boy Friend and The Gondoliers.
Jean is on the faculty of the MFA Acting program at Columbia University. She has been a member of the faculty of The Open Center since 1986 and a guest lecturer in the music department of William Paterson University since 1991. She has given workshops at drama and music schools, universities, and holistic learning centers throughout the country including New York University, Vassar College, Rutgers University, American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT), American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT), Stevens Institute, Rowe Conference Center, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, the Community Music Center of Boston and the Association of Voice Pathologists. Jean is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and continues to perform in concert with her husband, pianist and composer Bill McClelland.