Moving to Neutrality / Animating Humanity
3 Hours: Wednesday, July 10, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon, $40.00
Instructors: Fran Gebhard and Graham McMonagle
Alberni District Secondary School, Classroom T-2 “Learning Commons”
4000 Roger Street, Port Alberni
Are you looking for ways to get more in touch with the physicality of your character? Want to be more than a “stand and deliver” actor? Warm up your body without wearing yourself out? Moving to Neutrality/Animating Character provides guided practice warming up the body without creating stress; finding the seminal gesture within a monologue; and integrating animal characterization into your rehearsal process. UVic acting professor Fran Gebhard and dancer/designer Graham McMonagle introduce rudiments of Mitzfah Technique, and guided monologue/scene work as tools to both warm up the actor’s body and animate your performance.
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.
Graham McMonagle is an award-winning interdisciplinary production designer, performer, and teacher. Working in a range of styles from ballet (performance and design), to text-based theatre from the classic canon, and music-theatre (both opera and musicals), his work has received national and international recognition. Recent collaborators include Pacific Opera Victoria, Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre, Crimson Coast Dance, UVic Phoenix Theatre, Canadian Pacific Ballet, Columbus Dance Theatre, Opera Columbus, and Ohio State University. Awarded his MFA Theatre Design (UVic) in 2017, he was sessional instructor there in 2018. Graham is currently a PhD Theatre History candidate at the University of Victoria and has been selected to present and moderate as part of PQTalks at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial.