Our second annual Barcelona Study Abroad Program exceeded all expectations! Kari was joined this year by Gregory G. Schott in addition to Certifying Catalan Faculty Núria Olivé, Boris Daussà Pastor, and Gema Sala. The experience included 24 hours per week of intensive Margolis Method training, guided walking tours, bike tours, lectures, a wide range of performances, and of course, tapas! The combination of North American and European artists makes for a magical experience in and out of the studio, and speaks to the power of the Program.
A SPECIAL HOLIDAY GIFT FROM MARGOLIS METHOD ONLINE!
Happy Holidays from all of us at the Margolis Method Center! As part of the giving spirit, we are offering one free upload of your work for personal feedback to all new (and continuing) members, good thru our January 15th, 2016 25% discount on annual memberships.
The response to the site thus far has been incredible. This is what Maggie Anderson, Theatre Professor at Temple University had to say: "The experience is so complete on so many levels - visceral, intellectual, emotional - as well as application of critical thinking skills, reflection, and self-evaluation."
We've been hard at work populating the site with new video lessons including stances and glossary definitions. These demonstrations offer a ton of valuable information and insight on fundamental concepts. In addition, we'll be releasing THEME TWO: Embodying the Sensation of Sound in JANUARY! We're so excited to be releasing an entire theme that covers the actor's relationship to the voice--one that is fully embodied, connected, and supported. Stay tuned for a more in-depth update!
We held a weekend workshop in NYC at LaGuardia College on Dec 12-13. Many training Professors joined us as well as a great group of new artists to the Method. We're always so thrilled to form new connections with insightful, creative, ambitious artists.
Happy Holidays and a CREATIVE New Year from all of us at the Margolis Method Center!
The Margolis Method Online Learning Program has LAUNCHED! We've been hard at work for the last several years developing and refining the many components of the program, and are so excited to share it as a vital tool for artists to continue training outside the Margolis Method Center's studio. The Online Learning Program dynamically combines a blend of Actor Prep warm-ups , Exercises For Daily Practice with detailed teach-ins, classes with multiple focused lessons, improvisation structures, and critical analysis assignments to provide a multi-faceted and enriching learning experience. It is the closest thing to being in the studio and it will be right at your fingertips!
Fore more information on the site and becoming a member, click here!
Our 2015/16 Barcelona Winter Study Abroad Program is fast approaching! We've received an incredible response and enthusiasm, and are so excited to offer an inspiring and enriching opportunity for traveling students as well as continue developing a rich, creative relationship with Barcelona Artists. Kari and Faculty member Gregory G. Schott will be working with students, along with Barcelona Certifying Faculty Boris Daussà Pastor, Núria Olivé, and Gema Sala.
Kari and Gregory embarked upon an action-packed Midwest Residency/Workshop Tour this fall, working with motivated artists, both familiar and new.
At Millikin University, Kari gave a lecture on Entrepreneurship to a very engaged group of students who asked fantastic questions. Kari and Gregory then offered two evening workshops to over 40 students of seasoned teaching artist and veteran of Margolis Method Professor Training, Denise Myers. One can feel the impact Denise has made and the students enthusiasm and knowledge of the Method was palpable. Denise will also be incorporating Margolis Method Online Learning into her core curriculum.
At the JUST OFF BROADWAY THEATRE, In Kansas City, MO, Kari and Gregory had wonderful opportunity to reconnect with the Kansas City theatre scene and many actors who have continued training in the Method after seeing MB ADAPTORS production of CYCLOPEDIA. These workshops were produced by Byrd Productions.
Kari is proud to have been a guest artist many times at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, and she, Gregory and Erik Hoover were thrilled to interact with a packed workshop of Twin Cities theatre artists. They also offered a private workshop for the growing group of Certifying Artists living and working in Minneapolis.
It was then off to Temple University in Philadelphia, PA (home of Professor Training alumnus Maggie Anderson), where Kari gave a keynote speech and workshop. Maggie has done tremendous work at Temple to integrate the Method into her teaching, and it absolutely shows! Both workshops were filled with focused actors ready to jump in and take advantage of every moment.
Parkland High School in Allentown, PA was next, where Kari returned to work with theatre students of Elizabeth McCormick. This growing relationship between the Margolis Method Center and Parkland High School is an exciting model to bring the Method's empowering tools to younger artists and provide them with a strong foundation to their craft. Elizabeth will also be incorporating the upcoming Margolis Method Online Learning Program into her class curriculum.
It was an extremely satisfying adventure and Kari and Gregory were able to meet and work with over 400 theatre students and professionals.
The fifth season of our Professor Training saw our biggest enrollment yet, with sixteen dedicated teaching artists from Utah to Puerto Rico! Several new professors joined returning teaching artists to create a group with incredible energy and focus toward enhancing their teaching skills and syllabi with Margolis Method exercises and improvisation structures. Denise Myers and Jennifer Stott Madsen-Whatcott completed their Level III Certification. Both are true champions of empowering artists to become Actor Warriors! They will continue their training and honing their specialties. Jennifer is focusing on Margolis Method's powerful application for singers and Denise brings more Margolis Method to every class and directing opportunity.
Summer Session also saw its biggest enrollment, and the studio was energize by 22 new and returning training artists who brought tremendous creativity and a hunger to learn. The growth these artists made was substantial and inspiring for the entire faculty--a teacher's dream! Many scholarship recipients contributed invaluable hours to make the MB ADAPTORS' production, HEADSHOT!, a huge success. In doing so, they also learned many new theatre-making skills. It was a fantastic opportunity for the training center and professional company to work in concert.
Our inaugural Barcelona Spring Break Study Abroad Program was a tremendous success! We were joined by an outstanding group of creative, generous, and focused artists and enjoyed meeting, working and sharing this glorious city with everyone.
Students participated in one (or both) of two 1-week sessions, with each week including over 20 hours of Margolis Method training, 5 hours of Barcelona theatre seminars, an exciting array of local and international theatre performances, a private guided walking tour as well as ample time for sightseeing and organized cultural activities. Our enrolled artists trained alongside local Catalan actors for a truly multicultural experience in and out of the studio. We’d like to thank each and every artist who registered for bringing such focus and openness of spirit to help make the program launch such a joy.
With the success of this year’s program we are already planning for next year, and considering adding a two-week Winter Study Abroad Program to the roster. Stay tuned for more details!
A quote from our anonymous follow-up questionnaire on the Study Abroad experience:
2015 Barcelona Study Abroad Artists:
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NYC Weekend Workshop
February 14 - 15
Don't miss this special opportunity created just for professors!
Join award-winning theatre artist Kari Margolis, MB ADAPTORS Company Members and teaching artists from across the country for a two-day introduction and exploration of the Margolis Method and its dynamic merging of the Actor, Director and Playwright.
Designed to be both experiential and pedagogical, this workshop is especially developed to introduce professors to Margolis Method and is a great experience on its own as well as a perfect entryway into the more in-depth Professor Certification Program.
Embark on a Theatrical Journey to your creative core while enhancing your curriculum!
This NYC Workshop is sponsored by Belinda Mello and Janice Orlandi.
Schedule: Sat. 1pm to 8pm & Sun. 11am to 2pm
Fee: $275 / ATME Members ($225)
Location: 307 West 43rd St, Cameo Studio A
To Register: firstname.lastname@example.org
SPRING IN BARCELONA ANYONE? We are officially announcing our Spring Break Study Abroad Program in Barcelona! You can register for either one or two weeks. March 7th -15th and/or March 14th - 22nd. The Program includes 23 hrs. of Margolis Method Training, 2 performances including talk backs with artists, 2 seminars on Barcelona Theatre History and cultural activities.
For more info. contact us at email@example.com. We will also be leading training and performance workshops in October and November that are also open to the general public. Just ask - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hard to believe the summer 2014 is wrapping up--it was truly magical in every way possible! The second 3-week leg of the Summer Session really picked up on the creative energy and momentum of the first session. A mix of new and familiar faces joined us for more creative research and training. The artists enrolled for the full 6-week session exhibited profound growth, made all the more evident as we circled back to a few exercises and dramatic structures earlier in the summer. As they made connections in their work, they began to find more and more sophisticated choices and nuance in their storytelling. Their personal development also ramped up the learning for the 3-weekers, raising the bar for the whole group and pushing every single artist in the room to a higher caliber.
This session’s performance project was to explore the concept of humanity’s relationship to judgment--how do we judge ourselves and others, and how do we react to being judged? The artists created solo and/or group scenes, and on presentation day filled the studio with truly dramatic, inspiring, and thought-provoking stories. Its these moments that remind us of the power of theatre, and it’s incredibly exciting to think of the work these artists will create as they return to their communities armed and empowered with new and more refined skill sets.
While the 2014 Summer Session has drawn to a close, the atmosphere of joy, diligence, inspiration, and focus remains, and we at the Center couldn’t be prouder of the students and faculty for making the whole session one for the history books! More exciting projects are coming down the pipeline, and we move forward with cherished memories as we grow and push ourselves to grow.
Stay tuned, folks! More news soon!
The first 3-week session of the 2014 Summer Session really hit the ground running with immense creativity and impressive focus. With record enrollment, artists from all over the country and internationally arrived with unbridled energy and positivity. The array of artists at various levels of training in the Method contributed greatly to our concept of “spiral learning,” with newer artists learning at an accelerated rate due to the insights of the veterans, who likewise gain deeper understanding from the fresh perspective and provocative questions contributed by artists interacting with the work for the first time.
Twice each week the group is split into two smaller sections, for an intimate opportunity to focus on fundamental principles and receive more individual attention, offering a valuable balance of experiential learning.
Several projects were created, each allowing the training artists to build stories around specific limitations or theatrical devices. The last week saw the creation of larger projects where the seed for inspiration was a theme and each actor or group determined how to best manifest their perspective(s) theatrically. The outcome was work that was inspiring, funny and thought provoking. We also had the pleasure to experience long time student Rachel Nelson’s production, directed by company member Beth Brooks, The Urban Hermit. It was so engaging we completely forgot we were still in our studio.
As the first 3-week session draws to a close, we bid a sad yet fond farewell to those artists leaving while warmly welcoming the fantastic group joining us for the next three weeks. Onward and upward to continue more challenging, in-depth training and research to empower Actor Warriors!
2014 marks the fourth year of the Margolis Method Professor Certification, and this year's session was full of energy, growth, insight, and inspiration. The Professor Certification sessions are special opportunities to connect with other educators. Visiting professors share the experiential aspect that any artist receives with the training, but we also work on breaking down the pedagogical techniques, concepts, and principles that are integral to the teaching of the Method.
Returning Level 2 and 3 Professors joined some fantastic teachers starting Level 1, for a brilliant group with a variety of perspectives and goals. Throughout the session, every professor demonstrated tremendous growth, both in their personal artistic development as well as their grasp of the Method's tools for enriching their classes. Breakout sessions offered each artist individual attention and feedback, along with the opportunity to hone their own analytical eyes for tendencies and habits they might find in their students.
Of course, it wouldn't be a summer at the Margolis Method Center without some peaceful reflection time by the river, or chatting about new insights and breakthroughs over barbecue!
Thanks to all 2014 professors--as usual, the exciting exchange of ideas is a welcome kickstart to the summer, and the faculty here at the Center invigorated, inspired, and ready to welcome the incoming students to the 6 week Summer Session.
After a harrowing seventeen hour journey back to New York, Jarod and I were of course exhausted but were also still exhilarated from our two week WildWind adventure. It was one of those crazy experiences where it felt as if we had been gone forever-- yet it passed in just the blink of an eye. We loved the ritual of morning training and research and truly appreciated how each artist brought their all to the studio and met the work head on. Not an easy task in the midst of long days and hours of dipping into the unknown, especially since participants came from all aspects of theatre making. Exciting!
We know it’s been said before but it can’t be said enough, Dr. Charney is a national treasure! He is a true inspiration, an innovative thinker and a committed champion for his students. It would be impossible to thank him enough for the tireless hours of work he puts forth to make WildWind Performance Lab a reality and for including us in the experience. We would also be amiss if we didn’t say out loud how awesome Jason Beasley is. Charming, funny, efficient and generous, Jason is a perfect representative for the Lab.
We were moved on many occasions by the curiosity, risk-taking and creative spirits of Randall Rapstine and Evangeline Jimenez and impressed with everyone’s willingness to jump in with open hearts and minds. We thoroughly enjoyed the artistic interaction with these artists and watching their concepts manifest in theatrical form. We missed the presence of the Irions our second week and the opportunity to work with them further. We may have had to leave Lubbock but we still feel one hundred percent committed to these projects and will follow their progress with great interest.
It was stimulating and an honor to interact with so many different perspectives and backgrounds from both guest artists and students alike. WildWind Performance Lab may be in just its second year but it is already proving to be an experiment of huge national importance. We look forward to seeing where the experiment will take the Lab and what future years will bring. Let the wild winds blow, let creativity abound and let us change the world.
Lubbock Texas may be hot, dusty and windy, but it is full of creativity and the home of the innovative WildWind Performance Lab! Conceived by Dr. Mark Charney and hosted by Texas Tech University this unique laboratory for theatrical exploration is in its second year. Kari Margolis is proud to be back as a master teacher and mentor and is thrilled Jarod Hanson is here to share insights and information with the students as well. Kari and Jarod are leading workshops every morning to give all the actors, directors and playwrights involved a common vocabulary. Afternoons and evenings are spent in research and rehearsal sessions for three major projects. Individual students are also creating work throughout the process. Several other guest artists and speakers are offering lectures and work sessions in all aspects of theatre making. The WildWind Performance Lab is an amazing opportunity for students to stretch creative muscles and explore new possibilities.
Kari returned to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC with Jarod Hanson and Jalyn Knobloch for her 14th year as a Master Teacher for the National Irene Ryan Finalists as part of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF). It’s a great opportunity to reconnect with teaching artists and colleagues from around the nation, as well as meet the exceptional young artists presenting their work. The Master Class was met with incredibly enthusiastic response, and we imagine we will see many of these artists at the Center in the future. The evening of scenes and monologues was of the highest caliber, which only made our ability to choose one scholarship recipient all the more difficult.
We are thrilled that the Kennedy Center’s ongoing generosity made it possible to offer Kiayla Jackson this year’s full scholarship to the 2014 Summer Session. With summer just around the corner, we look forward to her arrival and her becoming an active part of what we know will be a phenomenal summer. Photos by Susan Shaffer.