Consent In The Theatre: Making Dramatic Change
Alberni District Secondary School, Classroom T-2 “Learning Commons”, 4000 Roger Street, Port Alberni
Are you an actor who is nervous about performing scenes of an intimate or aggressive nature? What does practicing consent in the theatre actually look like?
UVic professor and director Fran Gebhard and Lauren Frost, Applied Theatre major, give you the tools to dialogue with directors about physical and psychological safety in the rehearsal hall. Creating an environment of consent in the rehearsal hall, the audition room, the fitting room and on to the stage is a necessary tool for actors as well as directors. This interactive workshop addresses concerns regarding physical intimacy and safety. Participants will work with scenes provided by the instructors.
Fran is an assistant teaching professor in the theatre department of the University of Victoria. She teaches first year acting and acting for Film and Television and has also taught courses in Public Speaking and Directing.
She received her MFA in Directing at the University of British Columbia. She has worked in theatres across Canada appearing in or directing more than 50 plays. Her most recent directing credits include The Importance of Being Ernest, Les Liasions Dangereuses, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown.
Fran will direct Barefoot in the Park for Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre this summer.
Fran has worked in film and television for 30 years and was nominated for a Genie award for her role in Blue City Slammers.
Fran has adjudicated most zone festivals for Theatre BC. In July of 2015 she was the Mainstage adjudicator in Kamloops. She enjoys giving workshops in Acting and Directing for Theatre BC. She says her favorite job is sharing her passion for the theatre.
Originally from Lake Cowichan, BC, Lauren is a fourth year student at UVic, pursuing a double major in Theatre and Gender Studies. She is passionate about interdisciplinary work and strives to combine feminism, activism, and theatre together in a way that creates beautiful and meaningful art and/or education. She is currently a facilitator of the UVic Bringing in the Bystanderprogram and the Tools For Change: Sexualized Violence Prevention at UVic workshop. Additionally, she leads a University-sponsored volunteer group in programming and coordinating events and campaigns with a focus on consent and relationship education.