Following the success of the first international conference in Barcelona, we look forward to this summer’s gathering of scholars, teaching and performing artists, and arts-enthusiasts in NYC.

Presentation of a paper is not required to register for the conference. Registration is now open.



The objective of the conference is to open up the discourse on Margolis Method to a number of voices that provide a wide range of artistic, theoretical, and historical perspectives.



Since 1982, Margolis Method has become a comprehensive and highly integrated methodology for actor training and theatre creation that merges the skill sets of the actor, director, and playwright.

The pedagogy synthesizes muscular and vocal expression and is based on the fundamental tenet to offer concrete theatrical exercises that put the conceptual into the realm of the practicable.

Founded by Kari Margolis, Margolis Method is a well respected approach to training with a theatre philosophy shared by hundreds of artists and teachers of performing arts. Margolis Method plays a major role in several university theatre programs and is central to the creative process of multiple theatre companies.

The training has inspired a nuanced discourse that has spread internationally with a solid presence today in the USA and abroad.





Anne Dennis is a Theatre Director, Drama Lecturer, Physical Theatre and Acting Teacher, Deviser, and Fulbright Scholar. She is also the author of The Articulate Body; Nick Hern Books: London, 2002; available in three languages.

Anne's work, spanning 50 years throughout the U.S. and Europe, has been concerned with bringing physically expressive theatre into the performance space through devising or staging pre-scripted plays.

Anne is currently based in London and also directs, creates and teaches regularly in Barcelona. She recently conceived, scripted, and directed "El Mal Blanc,” based on Jose Saramago's “Blindness.” Her present research and directing focus is on the work of Bertolt Brecht.

Anne teaches, creates and directs in English, French, Spanish and Serbo-Croate.

Directing Credits (edited list)

In Barcelona: "Dejad que el trigo crezca en las fronteras,” “Argus,” "Woyzeck," "Mother Courage,” and "The Nobodies.”

In London: "Mother Courage,” "Rise and Fall of the City Mahogany,” "The Mother,” and ”Herr Puntila."

Teaching Credits (edited list)

Along with being an international guest artist and lecturer with a history of directing and teaching in Yugoslavia and Cuba, Anne’s teaching credits include:

  • Senior Lecturer and Head of the Movement Department at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama from 1983-91
  • Professor in the Acting and Movement Departments at the Institut del Teatre, Barcelona, Spain, from 1992 - 2009,
  • Physical Theatre, Atelier International du Theatre, Paris France, 2010, 2011

RECENT WORKSHOPS (edited list)

  • "The Chorus in Contemporary Theatre: ensemble scenes from Brecht texts.” Barcelona, Spain, London, UK
  • "Creating the Dramatic Moment: the actor as theatre creator,” Belgrade, Yugoslavia; Paris, France; Barcelona, Spain
  • “The Physically Articulate Actor,” Madrid, Spain, Palermo, Sicily, Havana, Cuba
  • "The Role of the Actor in Ensemble Theatre,” Malaga, Barcelona, Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; London, U.K
  • "Story-Telling,” London, UK


Presentation topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Historical accounts around Margolis Method

  • Reflections on principles, theories and context

  • Comparative analysis (theory, artistic philosophy, pedagogy, etc.)

  • Intersections and comparisons with Margolis Method

  • Experiences with genres and forms of performance

  • Case-studies (pedagogy, creative processes, music, puppetry, dance)

  • Margolis Method for film and digital media

  • State of the field: Margolis Method present and future


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