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FActing: The Act of Bringing Passion to Science Communication 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 7:00pm


FActing: The Act of Bringing Passion to Science Communication

A workshop by Catherine Madden, School of Drama faculty and Alyssa-Lois Gehman, post-doctoral fellow, marine parasite ecology, University of British Columbia

In a fictional world, passion comes easily because there are few or no restrictions when you aren't beholden to facts. Scientists care deeply about their work, yet people listening to them often don't experience that. We need to help scientists bring passion to their discourse, while they are working hard to be logically consistent.

Madden and Gehman will demonstrate how they adapt the centuries- old practices of acting to give practical tools for communicating the research of a marine parasite ecologist. In this participatory workshop, you will learn compelling ways to present to and inform your audience.

This workshop is free and open to the public.


Catherine Madden, Principal Lecturer in Alexander Technique, was a student of, and assistant to, fabled Alexander teacher Marjorie Barstow for nearly twenty years. Ms. Madden is a former Chair of Alexander Technique International. She is also Director of the Alexander Technique Training and Performance Studio in Seattle and Associate Director and Director of Research of ATA, an Alexander Technique training school with centers in Tokyo and Osaka. Ms. Madden is on the founding faculty of United Kingdom Alexander Technique Associates in London and was on the founding faculty of the Performance School in Seattle. Internationally she is a regular Guest Teacher at Alexander Technique training centers in Europe, Australia and Japan. She has been a featured speaker/ teacher for several International Congresses of the Alexander Technique Teachers, and was one of a select group of Congress Teachers in 2011 in Lugano, Switzerland. Her specialty is the direct integration of the Alexander Technique into the acting process. She also directs and teaches acting in Seattle.
Alyssa Gehman is an NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of British Columbia, working with Dr. Chris Harley. She is particularly interested in the interactions between infected hosts and their communities, as well as the impact of temperature and ocean acidification on host-parasite interactions. Gehman did her PhD at the University of Georgia, in the Odum School of Ecology, advised by Dr. Jeb Byers. For her PhD dissertation she explored the ecological drivers of parasite abundance in the Georgia Salt Marshes.



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