Chekhov Studio Chicago

The Art of the Actor

Training in Michael Chekhov Acting Technique

“The beauty of his approach is that he offers a direct route to the actor’s creativity by the simplest means.”   Simon Callow in his forward to Chekhov’s book, To The Actor.

We are Chicago’s resource for the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. Our classes and Weekend Workshops in Chicago offer film/theatre actors, singers, and theatre teachers training in the Chekhov Technique. The Michael Chekhov Acting Technique allows us to move and be moved by the imagination. Through Chekhov’s principles we develop our acting instrument. Through Chekhov’s effective tools for characterization, we are able to inhabit the characters we play with truth and imaginative freedom. In this exploration of the art of the actor, we find ever new goals for our acting as we discover more of our expressive selves.

Chekhov Studio Chicago is a MICHA (Michael Chekhov Association) affiliated studio. Our students often participate in international Michael Chekhov Association events. Our training classes, workshops, and projects complement and augment training done through MICHA.

Our workshops are taught by Dawn Arnold, certified Chekhov Teacher, Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA) Faculty, assisted by members of our Studio who also are studying with MICHA. Visit also Dawn’s blog on this site Inside the Chekhov Studio and Dawn Arnold’s Gestures.

Workshop venue: 2135 W. Wilson, Chicago, IL 60625   Directions

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What is the order for the classes and workshops?

New to the study of Chekhov Technique or renewing – Level 1

Part of a continuing study of Chekhov Technique – Level 2

Advanced study of Chekhov Technique – Level 3

 

MICHAEL CHEKHOV TECHNIQUE ESSENTIALS

Training in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique in sessions held in the fall, winter, and spring. The classes are designed for the actor new to the Chekhov Technique and those actors who wish to gain further mastery of the essentials of the technique. Actors from our Studio who are continuing their study and actors visiting our Studio and who have had previous training in Chekhov Technique are welcome to drop-in to these technique classes.

Level 1

MICHAEL CHEKHOV TECHNIQUE CHARACTER AND SCENE 

Actors who have completed the Essentials class  continue to explore Character and Scene.

Level 2

ART OF THE ACTOR

These advanced classes may include advanced scene study or work on a performance project, applying the technique to preparing the roles and rehearsing.

Level 3

ART OF THE ACTOR – PERFORMANCE PROJECTS

Actors from our Studio and from other Chekhov training experiences apply their growing understanding of the technique in rehearsing for a Studio performance. The sessions are part on-going development of the technique and part application as we explore rehearsing with the principles of Michael Chekhov.

Level 3

AUDTION LAB

Prepare monologues and practice auditioning technique with the Chekhov approach. Students at any level may take this class.

Level 1, 2, or 3

 

INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS

Concentrated workshops designed to give actors a retreat for their art. These Intensives, often scheduled in the summer months, are training opportunities and focused explorations on selected aspects of the technique.

Levels 1, 2, and 3

SPECIAL WORKSHOPS

Demonstrating the many ways the principles and approach of the Chekhov Technique can be applied. These are offered occasionally throughout the year. Examples are our Workshops for Singers and We Must Have Music workshops.

Levels 2 and 3