The Movement Academy

The Movement Academy believes that the strength of connection between artist and audience rests on a thorough consideration of movements’ many elements including the physical and beyond.


THE MOVEMENT ACADEMY is thrilled to announce its inaugural event to be held at the Park-McCullough House in Bennington, Vermont.

An immersive movement lab for singers and actors, this rigorous 2-day/3-night experience will explore the deconstruction of physical movement and text to unlock new ways of truthful and invigorating storytelling. No previous dance/movement background is required!

A detailed schedule of each day will be given to the participants upon their arrival.
Participants must be available for the entirety of the lab. Space is very limited.

Friday, September 15, 2017 – 6pm-10pm
Saturday, September 16, 2017 – 10am-10pm
Sunday, September 17, 2017 – 10am-10pm

Includes dinner on Friday night, snacks/water throughout the weekend, as well as all workshops and materials. If you are in need of housing, we may be able to secure a couch for you in the Hoosick Falls, NY/Bennington, VT area.

To apply, please email your contact information (name, physical address, email address, and phone number), a brief biography, and a one-page response to the following:

Describe a life experience (theatrical or otherwise) that changed you.

Please include all of the above information in a single Word document saved as your first and last name and email to no later than Monday, July 31, 2017 at 5pm EST. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than Monday, August 14, 2017. Once accepted, a $100 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot. The remaining $299 will be due on the first day of the program.

Please direct any questions to Elizabeth Margolius at





Elizabeth Margolius is a Chicago-based multiple Jeff Award nominated stage and movement director with a primary focus in developing and directing new and rarely produced musical theatre, operetta, and opera. Her Chicago directorial credits include: Uncle Philip’s Coat for Greenhouse Theater (Jeff Recommended/2016), Haymarket: The Anarchist’s Songbook for Underscore Theatre (nominated for two Joseph Jefferson awards including Best New Musical), L’Occasione Fa Il Ladro for DePaul Opera Theatre, The Girl in the Train for Chicago Folks Operetta, Twelfth Night for DePaul Opera Theatre, Goldstar, Ohio for American Theater Company, The Merry Wives of Windsor for Chicago Shakespeare Theater (Assistant Director to Barbara Gaines), The Last Cyclist for Genesis Theatrical Productions, The Land of Smiles and The Cousin from Nowhere for Chicago Folks Operetta, Death Takes a Holiday for Circle Theatre, Opus 1861 for City Lit Theater (nominated for three Joseph Jefferson Awards, including her nomination for Best Adaptation), Violet for Bailiwick Chicago (nominated for five Joseph Jefferson Awards, including Best Musical and Best Director of a Musical) and Bernarda Alba and Songs for a New World for Bohemian Theatre Ensemble. Elizabeth is an alumna of the 2004 and 2005 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York, a 2007 recipient of a full directorial scholarship at the Wesley Balk Opera-Music Theater Institute in Minneapolis, a 2009 respondent and workshop artist for the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival, and a 2010 finalist for the Charles Abbott Fellowship. She is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of DirectorsLabChicago. Elizabeth is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.





Todd Rhoades began his studies of movement through many forms of dance. He trained in Ballet (Vaganova, RDA), Jazz (Fosse, Luigi, Giordano) and Modern (Dunham, Graham, Horton, Laban-Bartinieff, Taylor) at Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, the Taylor School, The Dance Institute at University of Akron and Shenandoah University. He received his BFA in Dance from Point Park University.  He has continued his studies of movement and somatics receiving his Yoga certification and Pilates certification while training in Thai Yoga, PNF techniques, neuromuscular release work, aerial fitness/yoga, rehabilitation and cross-training programs. Todd has been on the faculty at Ballet Austin Academy (Austin, TX), Foster Dance Academy (Evanston, IL), Dovetail Studios (Chicago, IL), Austin Dance Camp (guest teacher, 2001-2003), McNeil High School (Round Rock, TX), Round Rock High School (Round Rock, TX), Loyola Academy (Chicago, IL), ChiArts (Chicago, IL), as well as many dance/yoga/pilates studios and physical rehabilitation clinics across the country. As a performer, Todd has been a company member with Ballet Austin (performing soloist roles) and Luna Negra Dance Theatre and a guest artist with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Danszloop Chicago, The Seldoms, and Ron de Jesus Dance. He has performed in many Chicago-based and national dance festivals.  Todd has performed in over 12 productions at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, many of which were as a Principal Dancer as well as many productions with Chicago Opera Theater, Finger Lakes Opera and New Orleans Opera.  He has been seen onstage many times, in the musical theater genre at The MUNY (St. Louis, MO), The Goodman Theatre (Chicago, IL), Drury Lane Oakbrook (Oakbrook, IL), Light Opera Works (Chicago, IL), Marriott Theater (Lincolnshire, IL), Paramount Theater (Aurora, IL) and the Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown, MA. 


Todd Rhoades has choreographed for dance, theater, musical theater and opera companies. His choreography has been seen onstage with Inaside Chicago Dance, Nomi Dance Company, Hyde Park School of Dance, Ballet Austin Academy, New Orleans Opera (Die Fledermaus), Finger Lakes Opera (Carmen, The Elixir of Love), Chicago Folks Operetta (Ball at the Savoy, The Cousin From Nowhere, The Girl on the Train, The Land of Smiles), DePaul Theater School (Symphony of Clouds), Light Opera Works (Camelot), The Savoyaires (The Grand Duke, The Mikado, Thespis), Lifeline Theatre (Northanger Abbey), and The Paramount Theatre (Music Man - as Assistant Choreographer). 



KIRK JACKSON (Vermont/New York)

Kirk Jackson is an actor, director and teacher at Bennington College since 2001. He has also taught and directed for the Hubbard Hall Opera Theater Conservatory, Princeton, NYU, CalArts, and Binghamton University. As an actor he performed on and off Broadway and throughout the US, including world premieres of Love! Valour! Compassion! (Broadway), Quills (New York Theater Workshop), Interrogating the Nude (Yale Rep.), Wonder of the World (Woolly Mammoth), and Samuel Beckett’s one-man Stirrings Still (Center Stage, Baltimore). Directing credits include: Rigoletto, Gianni Schicchi, La Pizza con Funghi, and The Book Club Play for Hubbard Hall. In NYC he has assisted Tony winner Ivo van Hove on groundbreaking productions at New York Theatre Workshop: Scenes from a Marriage, The Little Foxes, The Misanthrope, Hedda Gabler, and More Stately Mansions. Other directing credits include: Studio Theatre, DC, The Internationalist, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and Take Me Out (2005 Helen Hayes Award Outstanding Production), Actorstheatre, Phoenix (multiple AriZoni Awards and nominations): The Busy World Is Hushed, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Nickel and Dimed, and Gray’s Anatomy, Washington Shakespeare Co: Strange Interlude (multiple Helen Hayes Award nominations); and Capitol Rep: Take Me Out and ART. This summer he and Oliver are bringing their original one-man-show The Tarnation of Russell Colvin to the Dorset Theatre Festival and other southern Vermont venues. MFA: Yale School of Drama.



Oliver Wadsworth, actor, was in the first National tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  OFF BROADWAY: Endpapers (Variety Arts); Well (The Public Theater);Bread and Roses (New York Theatre Workshop);  The Immortals (Brave New World Repertory Theatre). REGIONAL credits;  The Velocity of Autumn, and Santaland Diaries (White Heron Theatre Company); Mystery of Irma Vep (Arizona Theatre Company);  Murder on the Nile, Noises Off and Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily (Dorset Theatre Festival); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Fulton Theater);Misalliance (Old Globe and Seattle Repertory);  An Enemy of the People (Long Wharf Theatre);Santaland Diaries, Dracula and Christmas Carol (Actors Theatre of Louisville);  Peter Pan (Denver Center Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Syracuse Stage); Shipwrecked (AriZoni Award) (Actors Theatre of Phoenix);  Fully Committed (Metroland Best Performance), The Taming of the ShrewTake Me Out and Art (Capital Rep.); Six Characters in Search of an Author (Nevada Conservatory Theater);Tartuffe and Dog in the Manger (Franklin Stage);  Stones In His Pockets (Metroland Best Performance),The Deal (Adirondack Theatre Festival);  Emilie (WAM Theatre) .  TV & FILM:  “Deliver Us from Evil”, “Ed’s Next Move”, “Dotty Gets Spanked” and “Law and Order SVU”.  For his own work he has been given residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell and Millay Colonies and grants from Vermont Community Foundation, NYSCA and Franklin Furnace.  Upcoming, in June, Emilie with WAM at Shakespeare and Company.  In June Oliver’s new solo show The Tarnation of Russell Colvin, based on the famous 1819 Boorne Murder Trial in Manchester, Vermont, will open Dorset Theatre Festivals 40th Season.