While I wasn’t able to make this year’s ATHE Conference in Boston, I was able to get to the ATME Pre-con to teach a Margolis Method workshop alongside theatre artist and educator Anna Sycamore Demers. It was a treat to share the work with so many wonderful other teaching artists with a passion. One thing about the ATME folks is that they all embody a sense of generosity, fearlessness, and playfulness that is incredibly refreshing.
I also had the opportunity to take many workshops, which was a great chance to exercise some creativity in different and fun ways. Thanks to all who came and shared!
Photo by Chelsea Pace during a workshop led by Carlos Alexis Cruz.
Summer Session at the Margolis Method Center Int’l wrapped up with amazing growth in the entire group of artists–myself included! A mix of new and returning artists made for an exciting experience of challenges, breakthroughs, and inspiration. As a teacher, I always welcome questions from fresh eyes to clarify concepts and principles, as well as thoughts from seasoned artists to dig deeper into an exercise or structure.
Summer may be wrapping up but fall will be full of work with Millikin University as well as Margolis Method Online Learning, so stay tuned!
A scene from MB ADAPTOR’S newest production, PULLING STRINGS (photo by Jim Moore)
PULLING STRINGS Two years of hard work is finally culminating as we polish the imaginative powerhouse of a production we call PULLING STRINGS. As a creative endeavor, it has been incredibly artistically fulfilling. I have been challenged and inspired in all of the ways I could hope for as a working artist. Every moment of this show is packed with imagery, metaphor, emotion, and subtext. We perform final work-in-progress showing as part of NACL’s Deep Space series in September, and then make our debut in Middletown, New York in October (more details to follow). If you are in the area, come and experience the wonder of a show like nothing you have ever seen before. I feel so lucky to be part of such a spectacular ensemble of artists (Jalyn Knobloch, Gregory G. Schott, Tania Liberata, Jonathan Beller, and Helen Buron.) Of course I owe so much to my director and mentor, Kari Margolis and her brilliant partner, Tony Brown.
Workshops I have had the great pleasure to assist Master Teacher Kari Margolis at a number of high profile Master Classes. As I mentioned in my last post, in April, I was there to assist at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, DC, where we worked with a group of finalists from across the country. This was my second year bringing the Margolis Method to the artists at the KCACTF. I also sat in on a panel to discuss devised work as the Festival continues to develop an arena for this type of work at the regional festivals. Very enlightening and very inspiring.
In June, I accompanied Kari to NYC, where we taught at the Actor’s Movement Studio’s 2012 Summer Intensive. Janice Orlandi, who runs the studio, is such an exuberant, supportive force. It was a great weekend for me as a teacher, given the reins to lead the group at times throughout the workshop.
Margolis Method 2012 Professor Certification
We had our second annual Professor Certification course at the beginning of the summer, and boy was it an inspiration. Professors from colleges and universities across the country–and two from Canada–assembled to learn exercises, concepts, and creative structures to incorporate into their classes. There is nothing like being in the presence of professional theater educators discussing craft. I sense the flow of theater shifting, and I truly believe it is the coming age of actor-centered theatre. It all starts with the educators. If we spread the word and help to create empowered artists, the whole paradigm of theatre will and must change.
Been picking up my guitar lately. Here’s a snippet of a song I was working on (which is now finished). I’ll record the full song soon and post it. Enjoy!
Where to begin? Well the most recent exciting news is that I just assisted Master Teacher Kari Margolis teach a workshop at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, for the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. As always it was great to be a part of the national festival, and the actors we worked with were all spectacular.
My focus this winter and spring have been working on two major projects. First, I’ve been continuing to collaborate as a Company Member with the MB ADAPTORS on our newest production, Dreamscape I: Pulling Strings. It’s rich with metaphor, imagery, questions, and unique, evolving characters. Right now we’re aiming to perform in the fall. More details to come.
The second big project has been to help develop the Margolis Method Professor Certification Level II, which equips university and college professors with a deeper understanding of Margolis Method principles and more exercises to incorporate into their existing syllabuses. We have professors coming to attend both the Level I and Level II workshops this summer, and as faculty at the Center, I cannot wait to work with this diverse group of professionals!
Wow this summer is flying by like I cannot believe!
We had an enormously successful launch of our Margolis Method Professor Certification Level I program in June. I was thrilled to take part in facilitating this new program as faculty here at the Margolis Method Center. Level I Certification equipped a group of eager and inspiring Theatre Education professionals with concepts, exercises, and improv structures to incorporate into their existing syllabuses at their universities and colleges.
The Center’s Summer Intensive followed right on the heels of the Professor Certification, and we’re currently two weeks into the summer session. It has been phenomenal. As usual, the students joining us in the studio are immensely generous, hard working, and creative. It should prove to be yet another mind blowing summer, and I’m thrilled to be teaching my first classes in one hour Practice sessions where we focus on breaking down exercises for a microscopic exploration of their mechanics and principles.
This past weekend was the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and I had the honor of assisting Master Teacher Kari Margolis with a Master Class for some of the nation’s best collegiate actors. The students were all so engaged, enthusiastic, and inspiring, and they all really seemed to tap into the spirit of our work. Really great stuff. The Kennedy Center graciously offers a scholarship for a month’s study at our Margolis Method Training Center during our Summer Intensive, and our recipient this year was just phenomenal in presence and spirit. Hopefully more of these amazing artists will join us for summer study.
A huge thank you to the Kennedy Center for all of your support!
Flier for IN SEARCH OF TONTO BLUE at the Baltimore Theatre Project
Just finished our first weekend with IN SEARCH OF TONTO BLUE at the Baltimore Theatre Project. It was a really great opening weekend, and I had forgotten how much I love the Baltimore Theatre Project! The space is amazing and the staff is passionate and so friendly and upbeat. The frosting on the cake is definitely the neighborhood. I’ve fallen in love with the area around BTP. Spectacular architecture and fantastic food make for a happy tour.
One weekend left, and it should be a great one! Performances and workshops on Saturday & Sunday will make it busy and fulfilling. If you’re in the area, definitely check us out!
We wrapped up an amazing summer session of intensive workshops here in NY with the Margolis Method Center. I’m working towards my Certification in teaching the Margolis Method and becoming a faculty member of the school. It’s challenging, amazing work, and I am learning so much! There’s a lot of great work ahead and I cannot wait to see what’s around the bend!
This past weekend was DigitFest 2009 in Narrowsburg, NY, a celebration of Digital Art. The students and company members of the Margolis Method Center submitted a film for the “Quick and Gritty Video Slam,” which is basically a 48 hour film competition. The film had to be shot in Narrowsburg over the weekend, and had to be less than 3 minutes in length. We put our devious heads together and came up with Digit Feast 2009. What happens when the mindlessness of everyday life gets to us? At what point do we stop living, appreciating every moment, and become zombies? With Narrowsburg as our Everytown, USA, we came up with an entertaining, creepy, and beautiful exploration of this idea. And we had a LOT of fun doing it. Much to our delight, we won the GRAND PRIZE at the competition! The original song “Zombies in Narrowsburg” was put together by myself and the very talented Kalen Keir. Check it out:
This past weekend was a great workshop with the Margolis Method in Manhattan, NY. I spent the prior two weeks out there training and gearing up for the performance event that followed the workshop, on May 3rd. We set up a slew of improvisational structures for some exciting, edge-of-your-seat theatre. It was a great opportunity to let an audience into our creative process, producing theatre on your feet with smart, trained actors. Another performance will be taking place in Narrowsburg, NY in late June.
Kudos to all actors who came to the workshop and to all who were able to make it to the performance!