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Artistic Directors Kari Margolis & Tony Brown

Tony Brown and Kari Margolis have been committed to the creation of original theatre productions and the exploration of the actor's craft for over three decades. They first joined forces in 1975, in Paris, while training intensively with Etienne Decroux. After seven years of performing internationally, including four years as ensemble members of OMNIBUS in Montreal, Canada, they returned to the United States in 1982 and formed the ADAPTORS Company in New York City. After four years as Artists-in-Residence at the prestigious BACA Downtown Arts Center they opened their own multimedia performance and rehearsal space. In September 1993, Margolis and Brown relocated the Company and Training Center to Minneapolis where they were active contributors to the Twin Cities arts’ scene. In 2004 the team and Company members began building an international training center in the beautiful New York Delaware River Valley, just 90 miles from New York City.

Brown and Margolis have created sixteen large-scale, critically acclaimed works with the Company that have toured nationally and internationally to Barcelona, Berlin, London, Singapore and throughout Mexico and Canada. Along with these works they have also created several large-scale, site-specific events for such places as the Brooklyn Museum, the beach at Coney Island, NY, the Minnesota Science Museum and the Roebling Bridge in Minisink Ford NY. Kari has Directed all the productions and performed with the Company until 1998. She has also designed or collaborated on costume, set and prop design. Tony has performed in most of the Company’s productions and featured in the latest touring IN SEARCH OF TONTO BLUE, and is the Company’s multimedia designer and composer.

More About Kari Margolis

Over the last 28 years, Ms. Margolis has developed a highly dynamic physical approach to actor training (Margolis Methodtm) that synthesizes the skill-sets of Actor, Director and Playwright. The Margolis Method Center in Highland NY, reaches an international student body and Ms. Margolis leads Master Classes and extended residencies throughout the United States and abroad. She has been the Master Teacher for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival for ten years, and is an ongoing Guest Artist for the Association of Professional Actors and Directors in Barcelona, Spain.

As Faculty at the University of Minnesota from 1997 to 2004, she played an integral role in reshaping the B.A. Acting Program where Margolis Method is still core to the Program’s syllabus. She served for four years on the National Endowment for the Arts Professional Theatre Panel and was a Site-Reporter for fifteen years. Kari is a published author and lecturer and most recently was the Keynote Speaker for the Rocky Mountain Theatre Association’s Festival hosted by Fort Lewis College. She served two terms as President of the National Movement Theatre Association and on the panels of the Jerome Foundation and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council in the Twin Cities along with several other national Arts panels. The Margolis Method Overview DVD funded by National Endowment for the Arts was produced in 2006.

More About Tony Brown

Mr. 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 and acting classes. He created and produced a multi-screen, multimedia installation entitled "2005" presented at Intermedia Arts, Mpls. and has served on the Boards of the Minnesota Dance Alliance and the National Movement Theatre Association along with serving as a panelist on several local arts panels in Minneapolis. He was 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. From 1989 to 1993 he oversaw a multimedia re-grant program for the New York State Council for the Arts through the company's video editing facility in Downtown Brooklyn.

Margolis and Brown’s Work has been Recognized with:

  • six Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts
  • a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship
  • a Pew/TCG National Residency Artist Fellowship
  • a Creative Capital National Artist Fellowship
  • a Rockefeller Foundation Project Grant
  • a “Bessie” NY Performance Award
  • a Creative Capital Foundation National Fellowship
  • two Bush Foundation Fellowships
  • a National McKnight Fellowship
  • three McKnight Foundation Interdisciplinary and Playwriting Fellowships
  • two Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships
  • a Jerome Travel Grant
  • and several other prestigious awards
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