Michael Margolin graduated with a degree in Comparative Religion and spent a semester studying sustainability at a spiritual and ecological community in Southern India. After Graduating, he spent two years in Latin America exploring, studying, traveling and working. While in Latin America, he received a Spanish degree in Buenos Aires Argentina. After his studies, he felt a strong pull to get his hands dirty so he spent the next five years as a farm worker/educator throughout the US. His toolbox comes from trainings in The Work That Reconnects, Action Theater, Nonviolent Communication, and Theater of the Oppressed. He is currently in training to be a facilitator of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) at Solano State Prison in Vacaville, CA with incarcerated men.
Michael loves to work with youth of all ages and socio-economic, cultural and racial backgrounds. He has worked with youth in sustainable farming, gardening, nutrition and theater. He is currently working as a ropes course guide for San Francisco State University. He finds the most joy in facilitating interactive, learning based theater games with youth. He is currently excited about facilitating Improvisation and Theater of The Oppressed and has done this in New York and Oakland. His hope is to aid in bringing down barriers of difference in our society, supporting youth in making compassionate and empowered decisions in their lives, and organizing to face all forms of oppression.
As a personal practice Michael studies African American culture, literature, history and politics, loves to get down on the dance floor, and plays basketball with a diversity of people at local parks. He also enjoys a personal meditation practice and frolicking in the forest.