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Spring 2016 Newsletter

A Note From Kari

Here we go! As hard as it is to believe, we are heading into the 33rd Anniversary of the MB ADAPTORS company and Margolis Method programs. This will be our 11th season in beautiful Highland Lake, NY, and while I never envisioned myself at a “country girl,” this magical setting, just 90 miles from NYC, has been a very special home and place of incredible artistic growth for so many. 

But this in not just a place of memories. The Center is active all year with the shooting of the Margolis Method Online Learning website, research and development for MB ADAPTORS productions and projects and of course ongoing training. In a time when the making of theatre has so many odds stacked against it, I feel very lucky to have a studio to call home and so many incredible artists to share it with. 

I can hardly wait for the Summer 2016 Programs to begin. My only regret is how fast it all will fly by. On this note, we are turning our focus to building more longterm Programs both here in New York State and in Barcelona as well as working with artists year round via the Online Learning site. The adventure goes on and I look forward to sharing it with all of you!


Professor Certification

July 11th - 22nd (Only Two Places Open!)

Entering our sixth year of the Professor Certification Program makes us take pause to consider how the Program has grown, and the deep and meaningful connections we have made with so many participating teaching artists. Professor Certification is a special track of certification developed so that professors can integrate Margolis Method exercises, improvisation structures and principles into their existing syllabi. Many professors are returning this summer for their third, fourth, fifth and sixth year of participation. To say the working atmosphere in the studio is one of interconnection would be an understatement. These two weeks just fly by and are filled with much laughter, tears and the deep sharing of process.

Certifying teaching artists have become tremendous advocates for the Method and through their energies the MB ADAPTORS and Margolis Method faculty have had the opportunity to interact with hundreds of students. This year we would like to thank Maggie Anderson for organizing a weekend residency at Temple University, Elizabeth McCormick Smith for organizing a workshop at Parkland H.S., Belinda Mello and Stefanie Sertich for organizing a weekend workshop in NYC hosted at La Guardia College, Bill Wilson for organizing a weekend workshop at Rhode Island College and Jennifer Stott Madsen-Whalcott for hosting a weeklong residency for singers and singing teachers in the Salt Lake City area. We look forward to spending six weeks with Denise Myers at Millikin University, a place Denise has turned into a creative haven. 
There are just two places remaining open for this summer’s
Professor Certification Program.
For more information and to register:

Summer 2016 

July 25th - August 12th (Program and Waiting List are Full)
The mantra for Summer 2016 is FOCUS and GROWTH. We are adding an extra hour to each day’s session and will be developing several solo and group projects over the course of the three weeks. With a serious group of Certifying Artists that has grown over the last three years, and many artists joining us for the first time, we will be dividing into two groups in the afternoons to allow for maximum personal attention to artists at all levels of training within the Method. Mornings will allow for Spiral Learning with the side by side interaction of  all the training artists working together, giving, taking and making each other stronger in true Margolis Method fashion.  Faculty for Summer 2016 is Kari Margolis with Lead Faculty Jarod Hanson and Jonathan Beller and Gregory G. Schott.

While we are excited to announce that this season’s program is full, we are sorry we can’t accommodate all the artists who wanted to register. With so much interest and limited space, we are announcing  the dates for Summer 2017 and are already accepting applications!

SUMMER 2017 

July 17 - August 11
To Apply:

Barcelona Study Abroad

December 27th - January 17th (you can register for 2 or 3 weeks)

What can one say about the Barcelona Study Abroad Program? How about “three weeks of Margolis Method workshops with training artists from around the world, dynamic theatre lectures, walking and biking tours, an array of performances and of course tapas, all in the most incredible city of Barcelona — simply rocks!”

Last winter’s experience was exceptional. We attended performances that ranged from EL PÚBLICO by Federico García Lorca at the National Teatre De Catalunya to Nàufrags (Castaways), a visual theatre show where puppets and objects shared the stage with the voice and live music of the singer Bikimel at the beautiful Mercat De Les Flors theater. We were also wowed by world class Flamenco dance and music in the intimate setting of the club Tarantos. Riding through Barcelona on a bicycle is one of the most joyous experiences, and the holiday spirit at this time of year infuses the bustling street life with a special charm. Boris Dàussa Pastor’s theatre lectures are packed with information and interesting perspectives. Margolis Method workshops led by Kari and assisted by Gregory G. Schott, Boris Dàussa Pastor, Núria Olivé and Gema Sala were full of major breakthroughs, discoveries and growth.
We are presently accepting applications for next winter’s experience, which is filling up sooner than ever!
If you are interested we suggest you contact us as soon as possible. 
For More Info and to Register: 

Margolis Method Online Learning Website

Since its launch in November 2015, the MM Online Learning site has more than doubled in size! With new lessons uploaded every two weeks, the site now offers more than 100 lessons to choose from. Lessons are organized into Classes, Actor Preps, Daily Exercises and Fundamentals and Vocabulary. You can work for hours at a time or grab a quick ten minutes of information and inspiration. You can work completely on your own and/or also interact with Kari and Jarod by uploading videos for personal feedback and instruction. 

Coming soon will be the ability to sign up for personal Skype sessions as another means to keep your artistic growth moving forward. 

Online Members also receive a bi-weekly Newsletter that discusses the new lessons, features one Artist Member and shares what other Online Members are up to. A dynamic and active community of training artists is building worldwide and we are excited by their artistic growth and the positive feedback we have received. 
Our initial registration period ended January 15, 2016.
Registration will re-open on June 15th, 2016.
At this time we will be accepting a limited number of new members, so if you're interested, act fast and join this international group of Online Actor Warriors! 

To learn more:
To pre-register:

Professional Certification

The Professional Certification Program is designed for artists committed to advancing their training to become empowered teachers of Margolis Method as well as official Faculty of the Center in NY and Centers across the country and abroad. Lead Faculty Jarod Hanson has been working closely with Kari to oversee the development of the Program as more artists have declared their interest in pursuing Professional Certification. We're excited to have so many Certifying artists attending this Summer's Program and will be devoting many afternoons to advanced training sessions focused on their personal growth and honing technique and teaching skills. The Online Learning Program has been an invaluable tool to continue each artist's growth outside of the workshop/classroom setting. The drive and artistic hunger of these artists is also an impetus to building a full time training program, the development of which is underway both at home and abroad. As specific eligibility requirements and guidelines become codified, they will be made public on the website, so if you're hungry for advanced training, mastery of your craft and becoming a teacher of Margolis Method, stay tuned and keep on training!


HEADSHOT! Millikin

September 28 - October 2

Watch out, the HEADSHOT! project marches onward, upward and all around! With newly conceived multimedia craziness, and the unleashing of a year of creative thinking and planning, Kari, Tony and Jarod will be intersecting with the exceptional theatre and music theatre students at Millikin University for a six-week residency. Millikin has hosted Kari and Margolis Method workshops and residencies for many years. Professor Denise Myers is a level 3 Certified Professor and many Millikin actors have made the journey to the MM Center or to our Barcelona Study Abroad Program. This in-depth history with Millikin will allow us to jump in and start working at a high level of interaction with the students. Design meetings have been in progress for the last few months. Working on HEADSHOT! at this level at Millikin is very special because the earliest seeds of the production were first developed there at a short residency two years ago. 

We can hardly wait to jump in and see where the HEADSHOT! journey will take us. 

Portrait of a Silk Thread

Development Workshop with Joe Wilson Jr. at Trinity Rep

As part of the Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, Joe Wilson Jr., Company Member of Trinity Repertory in Providence, RI (a TCG Member theatre), is working with Kari, Tony, and the MB ADAPTORS to develop a new theatrical production entitled Portrait of a Silk Thread, exploring the music, experiences, and themes of the life of legendary jazz great, Billy Strayhorn. 

Upcoming Workshops

Margolis Method for Singers and Singing Teachers

Salt Lake City, Utah
June 20th - 24th

COPA Black Box Theatre,
555 E. Main Street American Fork, UT 84003

Kari will be making her second trip to Salt Lake City to lead a weeklong intensive workshop geared towards singers and singing teachers and open to all theatre artists. These workshops are hosted by Jennifer Stott Madsen-Whatcott who is both a certifying Margolis Method teaching artist and highly regarded singer and singing coach. Kari is looking forward to continuing to work with several singing teachers from last year’s workshop as well as expand the group of theatre artists working with the Method in the Salt Lake City area. 

While in Utah, Kari and Jennifer will be designing Margolis Method singing classes to be uploaded to the MM Online Learning website.  
To register email: or call: (509)-230 - 8232

Margolis Method in Bellingham, WA

The inimitable Ian Bivins will be leading Margolis Method Master Classes starting Saturdays in June at Bellingham's new venue, the Sylvia Center for the Arts. 

Margolis Method Center Barcelona

Open House Press Meeting with Catalan Faculty

Momentum is building in Barcelona for the creation of a full-time training program and wing of the MB ADAPTORS performance ensemble. On June 8, our Catalan counterparts Núria Olivé, Boris Dàussa Pastor, and Gema Sala will be joined by coordinator Carme Saldó and Study Abroad Communications Assistant Elisenda Bassas to introduce the press and media to an overview of Margolis Method and a vision statement and timeline for the full scope of the project.

What We've Been Up To

Rhode Island College Workshop

April 23-24

Kari and Jarod returned to Rhode Island College for their fourth year to work with the amazing young artists there. The ability to develop an ongoing relationship with students from year to year offers an incredibly enriching experience for us as well as the students. Bill Wilson, Certifying Margolis Method Professor and Director of Musical Theatre at RIC has been instrumental in bringing us back year to year, and his own work with the students is evident in their focus, generosity, and discipline.

Margolis Method in Cuba

April 1, 2, 4, 5

Boris Dàussa Pastor taught a four day workshop at the Instituo Superior de Arte (ISA), School of Theatre in Havana, Cuba. Instituto Superior de Arte is the official school of theatre in Cuba, training actors, directors, and theatre scholars.

Margolis Method in Minneapolis, MN

Certifying Faculty Erik Hoover has been leading weekly research/training sessions with other Certifying and advanced Margolis Method theatre artists. It's been exciting for Kari and Jarod to be able to work with this high level group through the Margolis Method Online site by providing thoughts and feedback on their uploaded footage.

Margolis Method Workshops in Barcelona

The Catalan Faculty Have Been Busy!

Our formidable Catalan faculty in Barcelona (Núria Olivė, Boris Dàussa Pastor and Gema Sala) are rocking it out and blowing minds! Thank you Engruna Teatre for hosting this daylong theatrical workshop of training and performance. The team taught all day and then performed excerpts from HEADSHOT! created especially for this workshop. It is exciting and one of the many steps leading up to ongoing Margolis Method classes starting in Barcelona in the fall and a full time Program to follow.

ALIENATION at SUNY Schenectady College

Faculty member Jonathan Beller has forged SUNY Schenectady College's theatre department as a 100% Margolis Method training program. As the first department of its kind, it's a model for how to empower theatre artists within the academic setting. He led the creation of an original theatrical production with Schenectady College students entitled Alienation, and the inspiration he instills in his students shone forth in the creativity they brought to this quirky, charming, and thought provoking piece.

Researching the Integration of Margolis Method into Millikin University's Theatre Curriculum

Level 3 Certified Professor Denise Myers and Lexi DeSollar, a theatre major and James Millikin Scholar, have been working together under the auspice of a Summer Undergraduate Resarch Fellowship Program to broaden the means of integrating Margolis Method into Millikin's theatre curriculum. We're delighted to share their project's page on the Millikin University website:
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