"Theater today must reclaim its roots, its sense of ceremony and celebration, its ability to provoke and empower"

--Kari Margolis

Kari Margolis is an award-winning Playwright, Director, Master Teacher, Performer, Keynote Speaker, Theatre Researcher, Designer and Published Author. She is Co-Founder with Tony Brown of the international touring MB ADAPTORS Company founded in NYC in 1984. She has directed 18 evening-length productions for the Company that have toured nationally and abroad. She has also created several large-scale, site specific events for such places as the Brooklyn Museum, the Minnesota Science Museum and beach at Coney Island, NY.  

As a Guest Artist, Kari has led hundreds of workshops and residencies at Universities, theaters, and private studios nationally and abroad. She has been a returning teaching artist for the Association of Professional Actors and Directors of Catalunya, Barcelona, and has been a Master Teacher for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival for 15 years. Each year, the Kennedy Center offers one full scholarship to a National Irene Ryan finalist to train with Kari at the Center.

Ms. Margolis has created several original productions with students at Universities including The Love Me Knot, Viterbo University, Insula, Montclair State University, Deja Vu, Fort Lewis College and The Human Show, University of Las Vegas, Nevada, all of which were invited to the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre’s Festivals.  

She is creator of the Margolis Method, a comprehensive methodology for training actors and empowered theatre artists for the modern theatre, now taught and recognized internationally. Kari is the Director and lead faculty at the Margolis Method Center in Highland Lake NY. She has developed and oversees the Center’s Summer Program, Professional Certification, University Professor Certificationand Long Distance Learning Programs.  

Kari was faculty at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, from 1997 to 2004. In this time she played an integral role in reshaping the BA Theatre Program to have a focus on the actor/creator. Kari has sat on numerous theatre panels including three years for the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Kari is presently: completing a book entitled The Physics of Theatre, building a full-time training program in Barcelona, Spain, working as a freelance director, certifying multiple artists, and continuing research on the Company's newest production, HEADSHOT!.  

Click here to view a full Curriculum Vitae.  


Awards and Recognition

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* Six National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships

* Pew/TCG National Residency Fellowship

* Creative Capital Foundation National Fellowship

* “Bessie” NY Performance Award

* Bush Foundation Artist Fellowship

* New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship

* Two Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships 

* National McKnight Foundation Fellowship

* Two McKnight Intermedia Arts Fellowships

Jerome Foundation Travel Grant


Pre-show talk for PULLING STRINGS

Lecture at Fort Lewis College

Millikin University Workshop