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.
I’m beyond excited to announce that I will be attending Towson University this fall in pursuit of my MFA in Theatre. Their program is an innovative synthesis of multi-disciplinary creation and it feels like a great fit for my background and goals. I cannot wait to learn, grow, and share. My work with the Margolis Method Center Int’l will continue in various ways and I’m equally excited about the upcoming developments of the organization with training programs in the US, Barcelona, and the Online Learning platform. In addition, a spectacular group of dedicated artists are flourishing with their focused training and I’m eager to see what creativity will spring from their work.
In addition to my studies at Towson, I was selected as the 2018-2020 CITD Fellow, and will work closely with the renowned Philip Arnoult in pursuit of the organization’s incredible projects. It’s an amazing opportunity and I cannot wait to dig in!
Over the course of the Margolis Method Conservatory Program, I had the opportunity to delve into some creative research with the artists present. I was interested in themes of madness, paranoia, delusion, and escapism, and chose to garner text from Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Wizard of Oz (all stories involving an escape to a magical world) as well as quotes and text by writers like Anais Nin and Sylvia Plath. We explored various physical and dramatic limitations to create different ensemble relationships of unity, disconnection, and isolation. Here are a few snaps of some of the images and scenes we created. Huge thanks to the actors that participated for their generosity and creativity!
Pictures: Elisenda Bassas, Anna DeMers, Angela Kiser, Jackie McCoy
The summer flew by with a group of amazing artists and transitioned into an inspiring, focused period as we kicked off our inaugural 12-Week Conservatory Program. I had the pleasure of working with some highly disciplined artists on advanced training and creation. Each artist developed and worked on a personal creative project as part of the Conservatory, with a public showing at the end of the Program. Each artist grew immensely over the course of the Conservatory, and the icing on the cake was the incredible response they received upon presenting their projects to an audience at the Center.
While the Conservatory is done for now, the studio still resonates with each artist’s energy and creativity!
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!
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.