Creating Promising Futures Through Social Construction
Margi Brown Ash’s professional ‘lives’ include being a theatre maker, coach and therapist, with her own creative arts therapy studio in Brisbane Australia, 4change coaching and counselling www.4change.com.au.
Margi’s contemporary theatre work is based on social constructionist frames and collaborative principles. In the last two years, Margi has writing and performed two solo shows and is in the process of writing the third, all under the banner of “Cartologies of Home” or “The Be-longing Trilogy”.
Part 1: HOME (http://www.4change.com.au/pitch-for-the-performance-home-by-margi-brown-ash/#.UYLUcaUqYWY) is a postmodern exploration of re-storying one’s personal and professional lives. HOME was researched over a period of two years, and in 2010 a version of it was presented at the Taos conference cruise in Texas/Mexico (“Playing with Purpose”) and a Theatre of the Oppressed Conference in Chicago. In 2013 HOME won a Gold Matilda (Queensland) as part of Margi’s Body of Work (Highlights of HOME, July 2012 made by Markwell Presentsi). In 2012 it was published online by PlayLab, Queensland: http://www.playlab.org.au/index.php/publications/shop/home-by-margi-brown-ash-detail.
Part 2: EVE, a deconstruction of illness and creativity, using a constructionist approach. This show also won a Gold Matilda as part of Margi’s Body of Work and two Blue Room Awards: Best Performer and Member’s Choice Award for Best Play (Perth), 2012, and the Gold Matilda (Queensland) award. Here is a link to excerpts of Eve: https://vimeo.com/42921621.
EVE video: click here
The final part of the trilogy is “Man in Quotation Marks” inspired by a novel called “The Man Who Dreamed a Train”, written by her brother David Brown and exploring the construction of trauma and loss. This work is a Work-in-Residence 2013 at Metro Arts, the centre for independent artists in Brisbane.
When not creating theatre (which is most of the time), Margi is a coach in her 4change studio at Metro Arts (www.4change.com.au). There she supervises therapists and health workers both individually and in groups and conducts creative arts workshops for organisations. She sometimes works as guest lecturer at Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology (both in Brisbane) as well as Curtin University of Technology and Edith Cowan University (both in Perth).
Margi is a long term member of M.E.A.A (Australia’s Actors Equity); a registered counsellor (ACA) and a Taos Associate. As an Associate Margi often creates short comic performances of the Taos/HGI conferences she attends and presents them in the Closing Plenary as an intersubjective response to the themes of the conference. She lives just outside of Brisbane, Australia with her husband Bill Ash and her black dog. Their four children are now resident in Sydney and Melbourne pursuing creative, legal and political studies.
Margi's masters thesis: "Mouthful of Pins"