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.