New York, NY
Kari Margolis is a playwright, director, performer, and teacher. She co-founded the Margolis Brown Theater Company (originally known as The Adaptors) with Tony Brown in 1984. Their work has been presented in New York, throughout the Midwest, and in Singapore. Margolis has been commissioned to create work for the Children’s Theater Company, the University of Minnesota’s Theater Department, and the Minnesota Chorale. She is the recipient of a Pew/TCG National Residency fellowship, a McKnight National Fellowship, and four successive NEA fellowships. Margolis has developed a physical training method for actors and teaches master classes and lecture demonstrations nationally and internationally.
With longtime collaborator Tony Brown, Margolis creates Sleepwalkers, an imagistic, dreamlike world through the use of precise physical movement, hand-held video projectors, moveable projection surfaces, an international ensemble of thirty performers, and an abstract vocal score. Using source material from the Bible, classical Western literature, the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and the performers’ own contributions, Sleepwalkers uses a modern technical language to evoke ancient stories.
Tony Brown played a key role in designing the new multimedia center for the University of Minnesota’s Department of Theatre and Dance, where he also taught media classes. He created and produced a multi-screen, multimedia installation entitled 2005 presented at Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis. Mr. Brown has served on the Boards of the Minnesota Dance Alliance and the National Movement Theatre Association and has been a panelist on several local arts panels. He has been a Site-Reporter for the National Endowment for the Arts for ten years. Mr. Brown has received recognition for his featured performance in American Safari with a City Pages “Best Stage Performance of 2001,” and two Arizoni Awards.