Kym R Longhi

Kym Longhi is co-artistic director and founder of Combustible Company. Kym has cultivated her artistic vision as an actor, mime, writer, director, teacher and artist in residence for nearly 3 decades. Her performing and directing experience encompasses classical speaking theater, experimental theater, mime and dance. Her mime training includes intensive study with Marcel Marceau. She is an associate artist with the internationally recognized Margolis Brown ADAPTORS (MBA). As a core member of the performing ensemble since 1993, she collaborated in the creation of many of their original works including: Vanishing Point, Vidpires!, Starry Messenger at Children’s Theatre Company, Sleepwalkers as part of the O’Shaughnessy’s “Women of Substance” series, American Safari and The Human Show. Other performance training and experience encompasses classical speaking theater, dance and mime. She has toured nationally and internationally as a performer and teacher, including Spain, Singapore, Japan and two extended tours in Australia. Kym has also worked as a performer/collaborator with Off Leash Area, Skewed Visions and Flaneur Productions. She served as director of education and outreach for MBA for four years, developing and overseeing numerous arts learning projects and community partnerships: Children’s Theater Company, Elliot Park NRP, The Weisman and Downtown Open School. She has taught for the Walker Art Center, Upstream Arts, Park Square Theatre, Circus Juventas, numerous schools throughout the Twin Cities. She is the first certified Margolis Method instructor in the United States and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT 200. Writing and Directing credits include: Herocycle (FTF Works 2013), Not Until the Fat Lady Sings (Right Here Showcase 2014), Bluebeard’s Dollhouse at the James J Hill Mansion in St Paul (Combustible Company 2016). Recent directing projects include Craig Harris’s new work, SenseAbility at Open Eye, Moliere’s Imaginary Invalid and The Gun Show (Combustible Company 2017, 2018) and Mixed Precipitation’s 2018 Picnic Operetta, Dr. Falstaff and The Working Wives of Lake County. Projects currently in process include 2 original theater works: Flying and Falling - a fantasy that brings together Leonardo DaVinci, Amelia Earhart and Icarus, and Monster Heart - a re-imagining of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”. Kym is a recipient of a 2012 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant and her work has been recognized with support from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

Curriculum Vitae

Specialties

  • Physical Theatre - Devising
  • "Margolis Method," a dynamic physical approach to actor training - Certified Instructor
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to theater
  • Mime - Performer, Teacher, Director
  • Yoga, RYT 200
Courses Taught
  • TH 3330 "Physical Approaches to Acting"
  • TH4380 "Creative Collaboration"
  • TH 5950 "Advanced Margolis Method"
  • TH 1321 "Fundamentals of Performance"
  • TH 1322 "Creating the Performance"
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Co-Artistic Director/Founder, Combustible Company: Theater Company that uses actors’ physicality to create visceral performances that spark the imagination and ignite conversation , 2014 - present
  • “Margolis Method and Brechtian Theater in Practice: A Director’s Notebook” : presenter at The First Margolis Method International Conference, Barcelona Spain , January 13-14 2018
  • “Scene Study and Margolis Method”: presenter at the Second Margolis Method International Conference, New York City , June 29 – 30 2019
  • "Staging Bluebeard's Dollhouse: Ibsen, Perrault and Immersive Theater" : Co-Presenter with William Banks.at The 107th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study, in Minneapolis, MN , May 11-14, 2017
  • Associate Artist with Margolis Brown ADAPTORS: Collaboratively creating and performing in original multimedia theater productions , 1993 - 2007

Research

  • The Voice as Embodied Gesture: Developing a Theatrical Language: Imagine Fund Grant, $5,000 to support research on the intersection of vocal performance and choreographic theatre as part of the Myth and Theatre Festival at the Roy Hart Center in Malerargues France. Directed by Linda Wise and Enrique Pardo with guest teachers from the Roy Hart Theatre, working in a laboratory format to forge deeper connections between the voice and body as the basis of a generative process for the creation of new work, June 2017 - July 2017
  • Margolis Method University Teacher Certification Intensive: Margolis Method, a dynamic physical approach to actor training which simultaneously develops the skills of the actor, director and playwright. Intensive certification training focuses on the pedagogical and philosophical breakdown of exercises and improvisational structures, making sure that each participant has the ability to both manifest and share concepts with their students. Certified teaching artists have the means to build the actor’s instrument, and create pathways for students to freshly interpret scripted text and be the source for the creation of new work, July 6, 2019 - July 17, 2019

Creative

  • Writer/Director - "Monsterheart": A new theatrical adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein that explores the maing of monsters on many levels: in imaginative creation, in gothic romance, and in systemic societal oppression - specifically, misogyny., January 2018 - present
  • Director - “The Gun Show” Combustible Company : an intimate theater piece about the gun rights debate and suicide, 2019
  • Director - “The Imaginary Invalid” Combustible Company : a modern musical adaptation of Moliere’s classic text addressing the abuses of big Pharma in relation to the healthcare crisis; awarded $10,00 additional support through a Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Arts Activities Grant, 2018
  • Director - “Donald Giovanni in Cornlandia” Mixed Precipitation’s 2016 Picnic Operetta: a satirical adaptation of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” which toured community gardens and farms throughout Minnesota, 2016
  • Director/writer: “Bluebeard’s Dollhouse” Combustible Company: a site-based theatrical production at the James J Hill House merging Charles Perrault’s fairytale “Bluebeard” with Henrik Ibsen’s “A Dolls House” to explore marriage, violence and gender stereotyping, 2016
Publications
  • Margolis Method: A Dynamic Approach to Theater Training : Longhi, Kym, Kari Margolis/Jim Peitzman, Co-Editor. Link
Awards
  • MRAC Artistic Activities Grant, $10,000 in project support for Combustible Company's production of "the Imaginary Invalid", 2018
  • Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, 2012
  • Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Assistance Fellowship Grant, 2000