Vancouver Practitioners

Alisa Kort, Director and Founder of MIBE Canada

Alisa Kort’s career has crossed many boundaries and disciplines as a singer, actress, director, teacher and vocal coach. Alisa has developed a deep understanding of physical and vocal communication and the ability to help actors, singers and indeed anyone, express themselves freely. She was the first certified practitioner of Breathexperience in Canada, and established MIBE Canada in Vancouver in 2011. Breathexperience provides the foundation for Alisa’s approach to all her work.

Alisa has performed extensively in concert, theatre, opera and musical theatre, with companies, such as The Arts Club in Vancouver, The Vancouver Playhouse, YPT in Toronto, The Citadel in Edmonton and the Vancouver Opera. She co-created the highly successful opera revue ‘Dueling Divas’ and created the musical cabaret ‘Weill Women. She toured Canada and the U.S. for four years with ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and performed concerts exploring musical traditions spanning the Jewish, Arabic and Turkish worlds with ‘Crossroads’. 

Alisa has led communication courses for the Amsterdam based company Executive Performance Training, as well as the Schenker Institutes of English in Rome, Italy. She has guest lectured, taught workshops at universities, theatre schools and for professional performers with her programme “Performance of Singing’. A member of the acting faculty of The Vancouver Film School since 1999, Alisa has developed a curriculum that teaches actors to sing through extended voice, body and breathwork, integrating the disciplines of singing and acting.

Through her career, Alisa has studied extensively with David Craig, Los Angeles; Coirnelius Reid, New York; Selena James, Victoria, B.C.; David Smukler, Toronto; Richard Armstrong of the Roy Hart Theatre in France and Juerg Roffler, the director of The Middendorf Institute for Breathexperience in Berkeley, California. These great teachers have all had a deep influence on the development of Alisa’s work.

In my work, the basis for any exploration of personal growth, communication or development as an artist is the breath. Breathexperience provides the simplest, most direct access to the truth and wisdom of one’s own breath. Then … everything becomes easier.



Gayle Murphy, Teacher

Gayle Murphy was introduced to Breathexperience after twenty-six years experience teaching breath and voice.

The practice immediately gave me an entrance into an awareness of breath that I had never experienced before. Every day I become more responsive and more alive in every aspect of my life.

For three decades, Gayle Murphy has specialized in the Speaking Voice for actors, professional speakers and people of all walks of life. She is an Associate Professor of Voice and Speech in the BFA Acting Program at the University of British Columbia. She has also taught at Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts, the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Acting School and Langara College’s Studio 58. Prior to specializing in Voice, she made her living as a professional actor. 

She has led voice workshops across Canada, Bangkok and Hong Kong for organizations including the Phatravadi Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Quebec Drama Federation, Vancouver International Song Institute, Warriors Against Violence, and the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers. Since 1997, she has been on the faculty of Canada’s National Voice Intensive, a renowned workshop of voice and the acting of Shakespeare’s text.

After completing an MFA in Theatre Performance with a graduate assistantship in Voice at York University, she interned in Voice at the American Repertory Theatre Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University. Many voice and movement teachers have greatly influenced her work. Among them are David Smukler, Judith Koltai, Richard Armstrong, Lloy Coutts, Bonnie Raphael, Dale Genge, and David MacMurray Smith.

Gayle Murphy trained in Breathexperience with Juerg Roffler and Margot Biestman and received her certification in 2013.


LindaMarie James, Teacher

LindaMarie James is a certified practitioner of Breathexperience. She studied Breathexperience in Berkeley, California at The Middendorf Institute for Breathexperience under the teachings of Juerg Roffler and has been teaching Breathexperience classes at The Breath Space in Vancouver since January 2012. Along with teaching Breathexperience classes, LindaMarie teaches “Breath into Singing” and holds “Breath into Singing” Masterclasses throughout the year.

LindaMarie is an opera singer and vocal teacher who brings her expertise of the operatic stage to her teachings. Her own operatic career began at the Vancouver Opera and has taken her across Canada, the United States and throughout Europe. Some of her many roles have included Carmen, Cenerentola, Azucena in “Il Trovatore”, Charlotte in “Werther”, Santuzza in “Cavalleria Rusticana”, Maddalena in “Rigoletto” and Desideria in the Canadian Premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti’s “The Saint of Bleeker Street”. 

A versatile artist, LindaMarie has performed as a featured soloist with symphony orchestras in Canada and Europe in concerts, oratorios and television broadcasts. As the founder of the 3DIVAS, LindaMarie performed with the 3DIVAS for 10 years in concerts throughout British Columbia and the United States on national television and radio. She is the President of the Board of Burnaby Lyric Opera and producer of Burnaby Lyric Opera’s mainstage opera productions and concert series.


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Valerie Galvin, Teacher

Valerie Galvin is a certified Breathexperience practitioner. She runs her practice from her base in Gibsons, B.C. and conducts workshops in Vancouver, Toronto and the San Francisco area.

Valerie has had a 30 year career as a professional classical singer, having performed opera, concert, and musical theatre in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. She studied at the Mannes College of Music in New York City and has performed with such companies as the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Canadian Opera Company, Vancouver Opera, Calgary Opera, Alberta Theatre Projects, and the Shaw Festival and Canadian Stage. She was a founding member of The 3 Divas.

For 25 years, Valerie has drawn upon her experience and training as a professional performer to help business professionals express the most powerful, visionary and inspiring aspects of themselves as public speakers, as leaders and as human beings. She began her coaching career in 1989, as partner in the Amsterdam based company, Executive Performance Training. She formed her consulting practice, Stand & Deliver, in 2005. Valerie has trained executives in both Europe and North America, from a variety of companies such as: Starbucks Coffee Company, Bell, Luvo, Lululemon, British Columbia Safety Authority, First West Credit Union, 3M, Shell Oil, Petro Canada, Calgary Board of Education, Douwe Egberts/Sara Lee, Neddloyd and a wide cross-section of entrepreneurial small business owners and managers.

Valerie is a certified teacher of Light Work, a meditation practice which supports self-awareness and personal responsibility. She taught this practice for 15 years in Vancouver, Toronto and Seattle.

Valerie believes that:

All of us are leaders in our lives. We each have a unique capacity to contribute to those around us. Developing leadership presence is less about refining what comes out of our mouth and more about being comfortable in our own skin. It is about developing physical ease and awareness, which results in increased mental, emotional and social awareness of ourselves and others. This is the foundation for leadership presence. It is built on the simple act of being aware of, and allowing, our own breath. This simple shift of attention gives access to calm, clear thought, creativity, physical and vocal expressiveness, personal power and authentic connection. Breathexperience offers that foundation.


Guest instructor Master Teacher Juerg Roffler 

Juerg Roffler trained with Prof. Ilse Middendorf at her Institute in Berlin and was a close associate before her death. He taught there for many years before he came to the U.S. In 1991 he founded the Middendorf Institute for Breathexperience of San Francisco. In 2001 the Institute moved to Berkeley, CA where Juerg currently trains practitioners in the Middendorf form of The Experience Breath. He also maintains a private practice in Berkeley, and teaches workshops all over the world. Juerg is the director of the U.S. Middendorf Training Program and has developed the partnership and Breathexperience in relationship and breathdance/atembewegt program. Juerg Roffler is based in Berkeley California, and visits Vancouver frequently through the year conducting special workshops, seminars, retreats and individual sessions.