Gabriella Minnes Brandes
Gabriella Minnes Brandes (Ph.D).has been teaching the Alexander Technique since 1988. Gaby currently teaches the Alexander Technique in the Theatre Department at Capilano University and at the Alexander Technique Centre. Alexander Technique provides performers with the means to harness their most efficient ways of using themselves. It provides actors with a framework for exploration, and self-discovery of habitual patterns as they learn to think in activity. As students learn the Alexander Technique they take into account their internal and external environments, they learn to use themselves (and their voice) efficiently and effectively.
Gaby works in collaboration with voice and movement instructors in the department, focusing on the application of the Alexander Technique, as students are encouraged to explore, experiment, and reflect on effective ways of using themselves and their voice to enhance their actors’ training and education.
Gaby has worked with many actors, singers and musicians. Much of Gaby’s current work and research focuses on exploring the connections between Alexander Technique and creativity as it pertains to performers. Informed by her Ph.D. and research in education, she is also exploring the connections between current educational research and Alexander teacher training.
Member of CANSTAT, STAT and AmSAT and co-director of the Vancouver School of the Alexander Technique teacher training program, Gaby has shared her work in many conferences and Alexander teacher training courses.