Margi is an award-winning stage performer and director/playwright/coach. Margi joined Actors Equity in 1977, commencing her theatre career in Sydney with a 6 month highly acclaimed solo show Alison Mary Fagan at Ensemble Theatre (followed by another season at The Stables for the first Sydney Fringe). At the same time she had a sustaining role (as “Shanie”) in Australia’s first soapie, Number 96. She moved to New York to live in 1978, training with world-renowned Stella Adler and Polish mime Stefan Niadziakowski and performed Off-Off and Off Broadway, including the well-known Actor’s Studio, for several years. On Off Off Broadway she also worked as assistant director with Julliard graduates on Look Back in Anger (1979) and worked as assistant film editor for the editor who created the trailer for Deep Throat. On her return to Sydney she began her directing career with N.S.W Theatre of the Deaf, devising/directing the bilingual Giant (Auslan and English) at The Stables (1982); devising/directing Boundaries (Swy Theatre Company, Fremantle, 1983) as well as three shows at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre: Bubbles the Dreamer (1982) followed by Bubbles Goes Punk (performed in Auslan and English with profoundly deaf performer Rae Gibson); and the touring puppet show, Smiles Away (1983).
Since moving to Brisbane in the late 80’s, Margi has worked with most of Brisbane’s theatre companies (including QTC, La Boite, the nest ensemble (of which she is Co-Artistic Director and founding member), Zen Zen Zo, The Danger Ensemble, Frank Theatre, The Good Room and Grin & Tonic Theatre Troupe. She has directed shows at QUT Too Much Individuality (2003; 2010) and Gone to Earth (Vena Cava, QUT, 2008). In 2008 she also directed the nest ensemble’s Mouthful of Pins as part of The Big Ticket Season at Brisbane Powerhouse (the precursor to World Theatre Festival). When directing young actors she employs Impulse Training, a rehearsal process she devised while studying her Master of Counselling and her Research Master of Arts.
In 2010-11 she was invited to be one of three senior national artists to participate in the year long Process Project, facilitated by Metro Arts. In 2011-2012 she wrote/co-devised/performed two original and highly acclaimed plays: HOME which was part of La Boite Independents, published by PlayLab, winner of Gold Matilda Award and now represented for touring by Metro Arts’ Producing Hub; and EVE, part of Metro Arts Season of the Independents 2012 (Gold Matilda Award). In 2011 Margi performed and presented performance workshops at Theatre of the Oppressed Conference in Chicago and in Mexico for Taos Institute. In October 2012 Margi was invited to perform another season of EVE at the Blue Room Theatre in Perth, where she won a Blue Room award for Best Performer 2012 and the nest ensemble won Member’s Choice Award for best show 2012.
Man in Quotation Marks, her new work focusing on life’s transformational stages was a Work-in-Residence at Metro Arts in 2013.
WORK WITH METRO ARTS //
2015 Company in Residence / 4Change Coaching & Force of Circumstance
2013 Work in Residence / Man in Quotation Marks
2012 Season of the Independents / Eve – co-presented by Metro Arts & The Nest Ensemble, Writer/Performer
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