Theatre and Dance Welcomes Kari Margolis to App State for Artist Residency

BOONE, NC - The Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance is thrilled to announce an upcoming artist residency with internationally acclaimed playwright, director, and master teacher Kari Margolis. The residency, taking place on February 6-7, 2024, is proudly sponsored by the University Forum Lecture Series and The Department of Theatre and Dance.

This exciting residency aims to advance dynamic artistic expression and creative excellence within the University and the surrounding community. Kari Margolis will offer a distinctive and innovative approach to theatre and dance training, providing students and faculty with concrete tools and terms that take the mystery out of performing and inspire resilience, resourcefulness, and creative thinking, making it equally beneficial for musicians, creatives, makers, doers, leaders, and entrepreneurs.

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Everyone will have the opportunity to meet Kari Margolis at a welcome reception on February 6 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Greer Studio Theatre, an event followed by Margolis' dynamic lecture/demonstration titled "Unleashing Your Creative Potential" from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Valborg Theatre on campus. A masterclass in Margolis Method, "Creating Theatre with Every Breath," will be held on February 7 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., also in the Valborg Theatre.

This residency promises to deepen students' knowledge of acting, movement, and theatrical storytelling while providing a trauma-informed, consent-based storytelling process. Students will be empowered to unapologetically pursue their creative ambitions and gain a deeper understanding of the creative process.

Kari Margolis Residency photoMargolis, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the international touring MB ADAPTORS Company, shared her excitement about the upcoming residency.

"Company member Angela Kiser and I are overjoyed at the prospect of collaborating with the theatre program at Appalachian. We've loved getting to work with Elizabeth Parks for the last several years and some App State students on the Margolis Method Network last semester. We can hardly wait to build on these relationships and make new ones!" -Kari Margolis

All events with Kari Margolis are free of charge and open to the general public, all Appalachian State University students, faculty, staff, and anyone from the wider community involved in creative or entrepreneurial activities or interests. Click here for more information.

For directions to the Valborg Theatre and information about campus parking during these events, please see Visitor Parking.

About the Department of Theatre and Dance
One of seven departments housed in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the Department of Theatre and Dance's mission is to facilitate transformative experiences for students and the public, which cultivate compassionate, creative, and collaborative communities through theatre and dance. The department also offers coursework for integrated learning through the arts to the general university student population. Its dynamic co-curricular production program provides exemplary theatre and dance experiences to departmental students, the university community, and the region.

About the College of Fine and Applied Arts
Appalachian State University's College of Fine and Applied Arts is a dynamic and innovative group of seven academic departments, bringing together a variety of perspectives, experiences, and real-world education to provide unique opportunities for student success. The college has more than 3,500 undergraduate and graduate majors. Its departments are Applied Design, Art, Communication, Military Science and Leadership, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment, and Theatre and Dance. Learn more at

About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls nearly 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio, and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.


For more information about MB ADAPTORS, visit To learn more about the Margolis Method, visit

Media Contact:
Keith Martin
Department of Theatre and Dance
Appalachian State University
Phone: 828-262-8179

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Published: Jan 24, 2024 10:16am