Geordie MacMinn is a member of the Faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he has served in the School of Drama since 2003. Mr. MacMinn is an excellent teacher who empowers his students with the ability to find and express themselves with their own voice. He is a teacher of the Alexander Technique, which has broad application in many of the disciplines offered at the University. In his teaching philosophy statement, Mr. MacMinn discusses his passion for the Alexander Technique, and how it can transform an actor's ability to successfully embody a role. He comments on this, saying that "My philosophy of teaching is to work with the artist as a human being first, and as an actor second. The technique is to educate the connections: self to self, self to others, and self to audience." His fellow faculty members speak highly of his teaching style, saying that "...he has infinite patience, a quiet authority, and a meticulous attention to detail and specificity."
Both instructors and students nominated him for the award, speaking directly of his dedication, talent, and effectiveness as a teacher. A colleague's statement aptly describes his impact on the School and its students: "He is an exceptionally gifted teacher with the ability to embody a razor sharp mind and fiercely passionate heart. His dedication and compassion are infectious. Many students have shared with me that Mr. MacMinn's classes are vital not just to their training as actors, but to their growth and development as human beings, too."
There are clearly a number of factors that have contributed to Mr. MacMinn's success as a Faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. The following quote from a student nominator helps to encapsulate why he is such a worthy recipient of this Excellence in Teaching Award: "All of the grounded work I did in college, I attribute to Mr. MacMinn. His work taught me more about myself than most acting teachers I've had. He did this without imposing anything onto me, and it's due to his gentle nature as a teacher. He allows for anything and everything, creating the safest environment for his students."
Mr. MacMinn earned his BA in Acting from the California State University at Fullerton. He trained as an Alexander Technique teacher at the Alexander Training Institute of Lost Angeles, earning his AmSAT certification in 2001. He subsequently has earned two post-graduate teacher certifications from the American Center for the Alexander Technique, NYC: The Art of Breathing with Jessica Wolf (2003), and The Carrington Way of Working with John Nicholls (2004).
He further earned his designation as a Linklater Voice Teacher in 2007, and traveled to Hamburg, Germany in the summer of 2008 to participate in an advanced teacher training program with Kristin Linklater in Sound & Movement. He has presented workshops in Linklater voice work to Alexander teachers in the United States and Europe. Mr. MacMinn is a member of SAG, AFTRA, VASTA, and AmSAT.