Pythagoras

I teach performance theory, practice, and history, as well as interdisciplinary courses across the humanities. I have taught at the undergraduate and graduate level, and in informal settings outside the university. In all of these spaces, I work to foster an open, respectful, and relaxed environment, where students with different backgrounds and learning styles are welcomed and encouraged to contribute.

My teaching draws on inventive structures and processes to engage students in participatory learning. I am especially interested in the encounter between philosophical thought and creative practice, and the meeting of critical and creative intelligences. In my classes, students wrestle with sometimes challenging primary materials, including theoretical and literary texts and artistic works in different disciplines. We work together with these materials, responding to them and activating them through creative structures, prompts, directives, and open discussion. My teaching does not aim to convey a predetermined set of ideas or procedures. Rather, as a lecturer and facilitator, I work to build the capacity, skills, knowledge, and confidence of each group of students, through a rigorous and imaginative learning process.

 
Rather than presenting a lecture or reading notes from a Power Point, Gabe conducted a workshop on avant-garde performance methodologies that required students to synthesize theory from a prepared reading, then experiment on-their-feet with sequenced interpretation and writing exercises that culminated in a short group performance. The workshop was both surprising, and highly evocative… It exemplified how to do theory, and it laid bare the mechanics of making performance. Many described it as the pivotal moment in the semester when they suddenly “got it.” I appreciated Gabe’s light touch and humour in nudging our group into an unfamiliar way of working. This was state-of-the-art pedagogy, highly recommended!
— Professor MJ Thompson, Concordia University