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Margolis Method Center Faculty/Performance Ensemble

Ian Bivins
As a Theatre Artist, Ian Bivins is devoted to transforming the mainstream approach to theatre education as well as bringing new creative ideas to one of humanities oldest rituals. Ian received his BA in Theatre Arts from Western Washington University, where he created and produced several solo works. Ian began training with Kari Margolis in 2001 through intensive workshops. After moving to Minneapolis to pursue full-time training, Ian was invited to join the company as an ensemble member in training. In this capacity, he performed in AMERICAN SAFARI and THE HUMAN SHOW. In 2004, Ian relocated to Sullivan County, NY to pursue his Margolis Method Certification and help build the Company's research and training center. He has traveled nationally and abroad, assisting Ms. Margolis in workshops and residencies. Ian teaches on faculty at the Margolis Method Center and has led workshops for such places as the Phoenix Fringe Festival. As a company member with Margolis Brown ADAPTORS, he played a central role in developing and performing in CYCLOPEDIA. Ian has also collaborated with the dance artists of Kuntz and Co., creating original works that have been presented at Western Washington University and in the Bellingham, WA community.

Kym Longhi
Kym is a multidisciplinary artist who has cultivated her artistic vision through eighteen years of work in the theater: performing, directing and writing. Her performing experience encompasses classical theater, experimental theater, mime and dance. Kym began her career as a company member with Actors Lab Arizona, and worked extensively with their touring and artist-in-the-schools programs. Kym pursued intensive acting training with Kari Margolis for over ten years and now teaches at the Margolis Method Center, the University of Minnesota and at residencies. She also worked as the company’s Director of Education for over two years. As a featured performer with Margolis Brown ADAPTORS Company, Ms Longhi has participated in the development of THE BED EXPERIMENT, THE HUMAN SHOW, VANISHING POINT, VIDPIRES! and STARRY MESSENGER. She is active in the Twin Cities vibrant theatre community as an actor and director with recent projects including CORIOLANUS (Flaneur Productions) and BORDER CROSSING (Off-Leash Area).

Gregory G. Schott
Gregory graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1995 with a degree in Acting and Directing. He worked from 1984 to 1995 with Rainbow Company Youth Theater, performing and assistant directing. In Las Vegas he worked with several theaters including New West Stage Company. Gregory’s theater career has taken him to Minnesota, Wisconsin, New York, Colorado, California and Arizona. In 1996 he began intensive study with Kari Margolis and was invited to join the performance company in 1998. Gregory became certified in the Margolis Method of Actor training in 2000 and has been teaching classes and being an artist in residence at several universities and schools since that time. Gregory was both an actor and designer on the company’s last two productions CYCLOPEDIA and IN SEARCH OF TONTO BLUE .

Certifying Faculty/Performance Ensemble

Jarod Hanson
Jarod is out to change the landscape of theatre through the Margolis Method’s empowering approach to three dimensional actor training. He began his studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, where he attained his BA in Theatre Arts in 2004. After graduating, he pursued professional training with Kari Margolis. Jarod’s first collaboration with the Company was with SLEEPWALKERS, with its world premiere at the O’Shaughnessy Theatre in St. Paul, MN. He played a central role in developing and performing in THE HUMAN SHOW, which toured nationally and internationally, the Illusion Theatre run of AMERICAN SAFARI, and the touring production of IN SEARCH OF TONTO BLUE. Jarod is an accomplished musician and songwriter and has composed music for two award-winning short films created by training artists of the Margolis Method Center for the Digitfest 24 Hour Film Festival in Narrowsburg NY. His studies with Kari Margolis since 2001 have brought him to today, as he pursues Certification in the Margolis Method Center to become a part of its world class faculty.

Jalyn Knobloch
Jalyn studied at South Dakota State University prior to graduating from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities in 2006 with a BA in Theatre Arts. While in Minneapolis, she appeared in the premiere of Deviled Eggs (Four Humors), the all-female production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It (It’s About Time Theater), and two original musical productions, Mythed and Borderlines (3 Sticks). She toured for National Theater for Children twice before relocating to Barryville in 2008 to train full time. She was last seen in Margolis Brown Adaptors performative lecture demonstration, Sneak-A-Peek, which played in both NYC and Minneapolis. Jalyn is currently working towards Certification and is very excited to be joining the faculty.

Admin. and Design/Performance Ensemble

Jonathan Beller
Jonathan considers himself a theatre generalist with experience and training in directing, performance, and producing. In 1997 he worked at Theatrikos Theatre Company as Artistic Director where he directed or produced more than 75 productions during his decade-long tenure. His directing credits include The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter, Come and Go by Samuel Beckett, Psycho Beach Party by Charles Busch, and dark play or stories for boys by Carlos Murillo, among others. As a producer, he worked with several national performance companies including Spiderwoman Theatre (Winnetou’s Snake Oil Show from Wig-Wam City by Lisa Mayo Gloria Miguel, and Muriel Miguel), Living The Dream Inc. (Our Young Black Men are Dying and Nobody Seems to Care by James Chapmyn), and Staged Dreams, Inc (James Baldwin: Down From The Mountain Top by Calvin Levels). Jonathan holds an MFA in Theatre from Arizona State University and currently serves as a founding board member of the Phoenix Fringe Festival in Phoenix, AZ. He is the most recent addition to the MB Adaptors staff and ensemble.

Briar DeHaven
Briar is a theatre artist, children’s book writer, and poet. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Theatre Arts and Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies, Briar relocated to train full time with Kari Margolis. She is completing her third year in the Professional Actor Training Program at the Margolis Method Center, and has been Director of Communications for the Center since 2008. Currently, Briar is completing her first novel for children, A Compelling Journey, set to be published Fall 2011. Most recently her poem ‘Attaya Romance’ debuted at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in the Be Mine, Too exhibit, February 2011. She is a member of the Upper Delaware Writer’s Collective.

Tania Liberata
Tania has a B.A. in Theatre & Studio Art from CUNY Hunter College where she appeared in many productions among which are The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife, How I learned to Drive, and Venus. She also she had a solo photography exhibit in spring of 2003 and was a part of several student painting exhibits. Tania has been studying at the Margolis Method Center since 2007 and relocated to Barryville, NY to pursue full time training in June 2008. For Margolis Brown Adaptors she built costumes for CYCLOPEDIA as well as performed in SNEAK A PEEK and the CYCLOPEDIA Pre-Show. Most recently Tania designed and built costumes for IN SEARCH OF TONTO BLUE and was invited to join the performance company to research and create a full-length production.

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