Fall Workshops at the Bennington Center for the Arts

The Movement Academy, founded by Chicago-based stage and movement director Elizabeth Margolius, is thrilled to announce its inaugural event in Vermont to be held at the Bennington Center for the Arts on Saturday, November 11


Elizabeth primarily focuses on developing and directing new and rarely produced musical theatre, operetta, and opera. She has been nominated for multiple Jeff Awards and has worked with theatres throughout the country including the Santa Fe Opera, Florida Studio Theatre, the Virginia Shakespeare Festival, and New York’s Encompass New Opera Theatre.  Elizabeth has also been a guest director and master artist at the University of Northern Iowa, Harper College, Converse School of Music, DePaul University, SUNY Albany, and Skidmore College.  Elizabeth is an alumna of the 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 and is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

The movement lab on November 11 is an immersive full-day workshop that will explore movement techniques from around the world to unlock new ways of storytelling through body and space.  This workshop is appropriate for directors, actors, singers, dancers and students ages 16 and up.  No previous dance or movement background is required!

“With this movement workshop, we are inviting the community to take a more active role”, says interim executive director Alexina Jones.  “Many people have been to our theater for a performance, but not as many have had a chance to get on the stage themselves and really experience the space as their own.”  Ms. Jones continues, “Likewise, we have many visitors come to our galleries who never realize that there is an amazing art studio directly under their feet!  In the workshops we have scheduled for this fall, our goal is to encourage participation on many different levels, as there are many different ways to appreciate and enjoy art.”

To that end, the accomplished landscape and portrait artist, Stella Ehrich, will be holding a portrait drawing and painting workshop at the Bennington Center for the Arts on the weekend of November 18 & 19.

Stella is a figurative painter who has lived in North Bennington since 1991.  Born in New Orleans and raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi, she earned a B.F.A. in painting from the Memphis Academy of Art and an M.F.A. in painting from Bennington College.   She has taught as an adjunct professor at Williams College, the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts, Bennington College and the Community College of Vermont.  Stella and her husband teach a summer workshop for painters and sculptors in Tuscany.  Her paintings have been exhibited extensively in England, Italy and the United States, and are included in numerous public and private collections both here and abroad.  The most profound influence on Stella Ehrich’s work developed from the sixteen years that she lived and painted in Italy.  During that time she studied for seven years in Florence in the atelier of Signorina Nerina Simi, whose instruction was based on the rigorous discipline of French academic training combined with Italian Maccioli traditions.

Suitable for beginners and advanced artists alike, this workshop will use live portrait models.  Beginners will have the option to work from plaster casts.  Stella will discuss what constitutes a likeness, how to see a subject more clearly, comparative measurements, the use of the plumb line, and color mixing.

Advance registration is required for both workshops by November 1st.  Visit www.thebennington.org for more information on how to explore your inner artist!


The Bennington Center for the Arts strives to provide fine arts, graphic arts, performing arts, and cultural arts to the residents, visitors, and students of Bennington and the surrounding area. It is a comprehensive arts center, featuring 7 galleries, art studios, a 315-seat theater, the Covered Bridge Museum, and an extensive collection of Native American and wildlife art. The Bennington Center for the Arts supports the artist community, specifically emphasizing representational art with themes rooted in the natural landscape. Its temporary exhibitions, studios, and events serve thousands of visitors each year in this world-class facility.

The Bennington Center for the Arts is located at 44 Gypsy Lane in Bennington, VT and is open from 10am until 5pm every day except Tuesday.

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