Fran Gebhard

MFA University of British Columbia

Assistant Teaching Professor

Phoenix Building Room 143
By appointment

THEA 120: Introduction to the Art of Acting
THEA 399: Acting for the Camera (Non-Acting Specialization)
THEA 421: Acting for the Camera (Acting Specialization)

Brief Biography

Fran Gebhard has performed numerous roles in theatres across Canada.  She also does regular performances of her one-woman show Looking For Kitty.  For the Phoenix, Fran performed in Amigo’s Blue Guitar and Dark of the Moon. Fran gives workshops for Theatre BC members on a regular basis and has also adjudicated most zone festivals. In 2015 Fran will be the mainstage adjudicator for Theatre BC. She was the guest adjudicator for Theatre Saskatchewan’s regional festival.

Fran had a fourteen year association with the Banff Centre, serving as Program Head of the Playwrights’ Colony for much of that time and coordinator of the Screenwriters’ Workshop which she initiated with Charles Isreal. Her dramaturgical work continues with the Playwrights Theatre Centre. Fran has previously taught acting and directing at the University of Regina. For the Phoenix Theatre she has directed You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Marowitz Hamlet (co-director with Charles Marowitz), Wreckage, The School for Scandal, and Crackpot. In the fall of 2014, she will be directing A Midsummer Night's Dream. Direction of other productions include Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Affections of May, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again.

Fran has had a 30-year career acting for film and television. She was a regular cast member on the CBC series Nice Show and guest book reviewer for CBC Radio. She hosted her own program, for radio and then television, called Fran's CULTure Showcase. Some of her other film and television credits include Blue City Slammers (for which she received a Genie nomination), The Chris Issak Show, Dead Zone, Taken and Case No.39 with Renée Zellweger.