Photo of workshop, Pullenvale, Queensland, 2019
Margi is not only an amazing acting teacher for the craft, but she also set up
extremely valuable foundations at the start of our training such as the mental health
and well-being of an actor. It is known that many actors and workers in
the entertainment industry fall into drugs and alcohol. Margi has taught us the
importance of rituals and how to approach the craft without damaging our mental
health. Every actor should have Margi Brown Ash at some point in their training, her
special skills are something no other regular acting coach can bring to classes
(Acting Student QUT).
Margi is the best Theatre Grandma ever! She has taught us a lot about safety and
finding ourselves through impulse and devising work. She is very insightful on how
to work collaboratively and safely so that we can thrive as an ensemble. She is one
of the best teachers
(Acting Student, QUT)
Margi's teaching reminded me of my love of learning with her innovative style, creativity, and enthusiasm. She made it fun. I did find the way she teaches was very much in line with my particular learning style. Because of this, I was so much more engaged in the lectures. I found I was energised at the end of an evening rather than fatigued. I often wanted to go home and read more along the lines of what we had been talking about. She also demonstrated her professionalism and skill in her role as supervisor. After seeing her in action in this role too, I would not hesitate to engage her as my supervisor in the future
(Post-Graduate Counselling student, QUT).
4change is turning 15 this year, 15 years of counselling and coaching artists. Margi works with artists to help them re-story the things that are not working in their lives. She uses methods such as collage, creative conversations, journalling, sand tray, performance, with the intention of growing the stories that nourish and advance the artist to achieve their potential.
Margi provides opportunities for members of the community to enter into creative conversations to empower, to enliven and to awaken. These conversations last up to 1 hour, and can incorporate a variety of art modalities depending on the participant’s needs. Margi uses collaborative practices in her studio to encourage you to discover more empowering ways of being. Sometimes we get caught in loops of fear, emptiness, loneliness or stuckness. Through creative conversation, art making, performance and writing (depending on your needs and wants) we create and uncover more supportive and creative ways of living. Margi sees collaborative counselling as an inspiring and uplifting way of finding new meaning: you remain the expert of yourself and Margi provides expert strategies and ways of working that help you reach your potential.
SUPERVISION AND TEAM BUILDING
Margi is an experiential supervisor and facilitator for team building practices in the business/community sectors. She believes that work can be creative, productive and fun and all too often teams ‘fall asleep from habit’. Margi helps your team develop strategies to create active work environments, deal creatively with conflicts and work through critical incidents when they arise. Her point of difference is that she uses art-making, theatre-making processes and creative conversations to elicit change. Her workshops require active participation which ensures not only a deep and lasting change in the workplace but a renewed sense of purpose.
MASTER CLASSES FOR ARTISTS
Margi has devised a postmodern training for actors: Impulse Training, having spent two Masters degrees refining this way of practising artmaking. Margi has borrowed processes from the postmodern therapy room and adapted them for the rehearsal studio. She has also incorporated over thirty years of personal acting and arts training. ‘Impulse Training encourages the artist to step into their potential. Margi creates a safe and vibrant environment where the performing artist discovers new strengths and creates work that surprises and enchants. The process is transformative and lasting. The performing artist discovers ways of collaboration that impacts deeply on her/his working life. Theatre/Performance is collaboration and ‘Impulse Training’ gives the artist a toolkit for effective and creative collaborative practice.
Margi performatively responds to your conference or workshop, picking out the themes and happenings of the experience and transforming them into a reflective performance. Involving the audience in some way, the participants leave the conference with an embodied response to what they have experienced.