The idea of a mono-scene is two characters doing a scene in real time in one location. There are no time jumps or edits, no location or character changes, it all just unfolds like a one-act play between two improvisers. Instead of the usual story progression you would expect from a traditional narrative, the journey in a monoscene is about the development of relationship and is mirrored by the way the performers physically interact with the space. In this workshop we will examine the best approaches to working within this structure, and will develop skills that are especially useful when performing a monoscene.
Le concept d’une monoscène est que les personnages font une scène en durée réel dans un seul lieu. Il n’y a pas d’ellipse de temps, ni de changement de lieu et de personnages. Tout tient dans une seule scène tenue par 2 improvisateurs. Au lieu d’avoir une évolution traditionnellement narrative, la monoscène développe les relations et est accentué par l’interaction des comédiens avec leur espace. Dans ce stage, nous examinerons les meilleurs façons de travailler cette structure et nous développerons les compétences utiles pour jouer une monoscène.
Kevin Gillese, Artistic Director of RFT 2007-2010, Artistic director of "Dad’s Garage" in Atlanta 2010-2019, is the nicest man on Earth. "Et il parle très bien le français !"
Kevin started improvising with Rapid Fire Theatre in Edmonton, Alberta as a teenager in 1996. As an undergraduate he studied Theatre and Creative Writing at the University of Alberta. He then went on to take the Post-Graduate Comedy Writing and Performance program at Humber College in Toronto. Kevin is one-half of the comedy duo Scratch (with Arlen Konopaki), which has toured several times across Canada, Europe and Australia (highlights include appearances at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the English Theatre of Berlin, and the Vancouver International Improv Festival). So far the Scratch boys have written two plays together : Revengence and Effed Up Fairy Tales, both produced at the Edmonton Fringe Festival and at Dad’s Garage in Atlanta.
Kevin was the Associate Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre from 2005-2007, before becoming the Artistic Director of the company from 2008-2009. He became the Artistic Director of Dad’s Garage Theatre in 2010, a title which he amazingly still holds. Some of his favorite theatre projects since taking the reins down south include directing the only production of Two Gentlemen of Lebowski to be approved by the Coen Brothers, co-writing/co-directing The Supervillain Monologues, directing the heart-touching comedy V.I.P. Room and co-writing/directing Musicals Suck : The Musical !
He is most proud, though, of launching a new wing of the company : Dad’s Garage TV. In just a few short years DGTV has won an award at the L.A. Comedy Festival for best Music Video, been a finalist in the AV Club’s Paramater Film Festival, and produced both a ton of online videos and some commercials for broadcast. In his spare time Kevin is a loving husband to his beautiful wife, Amber.