Summer Performance Intensive Adapting and Rehearsing with the Michael Chekhov Technique – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 06/17/14 – Chicago, IL

Event Summer Performance Intensive Adapting and Rehearsing with the Michael Chekhov Technique When Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:00am – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoSummer Performance Intensive Adapting and Rehearsing with the Michael Chekhov Technique June 17 – 21, 2014 Tuesday – Saturday 10-4 PM
Performance Saturday evening at 7 PM

A five day professional development intensive for actors, directors, and theatre teachers combining training in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique with application. In this workshop we will explore Michael Chekhov’s Technique as an inspiring, practical, creative rehearsal process.

This summer we enter the world of Anton Chekhov through his short stories. We will take several of his stories and with the imaginative tools of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, create and rehearse an original adaptation with our workshop ensemble. On the final day of the workshop we will perform in a Studio presentation for an audience.

The workshop is lead by Dawn Arnold, Artistic Director of Moving Dock Theatre Company and Michael Chekhov Technique Teacher who has directed The Moving Dock Theatre Company’s many adaptations from literary sources.

Some previous training in Chekhov Technique is required for this advanced workshop.

Participant Fee: $395/ $295 Studio Members
$50 non-refundable deposit with registration.
10% discount for registration and full payment by June 1.

CPDU Credit for Illinois teachers is available through our partnership with the Illinois Theatre Association.
Questions? Ready to register? info@movingdock.org
More info at http://www.movingdock.org/site/workshops-and-events/

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Red Shoes Solo Show Project Weekend Workshop – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 05/23/14 – Chicago, IL

Event Red Shoes Solo Show Project Weekend Workshop When Friday, May 23, 2014 7:00pm – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoWeekend Intensive Workshop Red Shoes Solo Show Project May 23 & 24, 2014 Friday 7-10 PM Saturday 9:30-3:30 PM (Note adjusted time) Who gave you the Red Shoes? Who launched you into your life in art? The Red Shoes Solo Show Project began this year for actors who love working with the Chekhov Technique and want to take the artistic tools of the technique into creative directions. In The Red Shoes Solo Show Project actors are building solo shows based on their own experiences of being in the arts – told in the style of a fairy tale. In each workshop, we work together as an ensemble to get going, break out into solo work, then come together to show what we are discovering and offer feedback.
Interested actors are invited to join us to begin building a solo show and develop it in any of the Weekend Intensives devoted to this project, such as this one. We will have several workshops throughout the summer and into next year.

Note: This workshop is designed for actors who have been regularly training in Chekhov Technique or have completed a course in Chekhov Training.

Workshop fee: $125/ $90 for Studio Members*

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Intro to Chekhov Technique Weekend Intensive Workshop – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 05/09/14 – Chicago, IL

Event Intro to Chekhov Technique Weekend Intensive Workshop When Friday, May 9, 2014 7:00pm – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoWeekend Intensive Workshop Introduction to the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique May 9 & 10, 2014 Friday 7-10 PM and Saturday 10-4 with lunch break – eight hours of concentrated playing!

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

Weekend Intensive Workshops are a two day immersion in an atmosphere focused on artistic creativity and development. Our weekend workshops train actors, theatre teachers and directors in the method of the Chekhov Technique. Participants work in an active, very focused way.

“You have to teach yourself to act but Michael Chekhov will give you the necessary tools – and for me, Psychological Gesture and Centers are extremely valuable They work like a charm. I’ve used them all along and still do.” – Clint Eastwood

This Weekend Workshop is a good way to begin your study of the Chekhov Technique as we explore essential concepts covered in Michael Chekhov’s book, To The Actor. Most students find that studying in our workshops make this book very accessible.

In this Intensive we will prepare your ‘actor’s body’ and work with the gem of the technique; the ‘Psychological Gesture’. This is the dynamic secret that ignites the inner life of your scenes. Find out how to use this technique for Theatre or Film. This workshop also includes an overview of other essentials of the technique that bring out your vital energies and imaginative characters. We will look at how these tools that work so well for developing characters can give you a more confident presence for auditions and interviews. If you decide to continue training in the Chekhov Technique, this workshop will be a solid foundation for further study.

Our workshops are taught by Dawn Arnold, Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA) Master Teacher, assisted by members of our Studio who also are studying with MICHA.

Workshop fee: $125/ $90 for Studio Members*

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Exploring Your Character Types Six Week Chekhov Technique Class – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 04/29/14 – Chicago, IL

Event Exploring Your Character Types Six Week Chekhov Technique Class When Tuesday, April 29, 2014 7:00pm – Contact info@movingdock.org for registration – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoSix Week Class Michael Chekhov Acting Technique Training Exploring Your Character Types Tuesday evenings, April 29 – June 3, 2014 7-9:30 PM

The next Six Week class introduces actors to the Chekhov Technique with a concentration on exploring character types.

The most important thing an actor does is develop characters. Whether working in the subtle genre of film or the more expansive genres of theatre, actors tell the story through their dynamic and inwardly supported characterizations. This workshop will explore the creative means for characterization found in the Chekhov Technique.

“Every true artist, and especially talented actors, bear within themselves deeply rooted and often unconscious desire for transformation. Speaking our theatrical language, desire for characterization. We must distinguish between different types of people or characters on the stage and different characters within these types.” Michael Chekhov

In this workshop we will explore a whole range of character types and learn Chekhov’s techniques for inhabiting them truthfully, including archetypes, character centers, and imaginary body. Each actor will explore a number of different types that suit them and then develop them, creating their own portfolio of possibilities. The Chekhov Technique works with the imagination and improvisation, a playful process to arrive at characters known inwardly. No longer do we have to be stuck in the limitations of playing our ordinary selves. Actors can go far and beyond the “obvious choice” and feel spontaneous, original, and true.

No previous experience with the Chekhov Technique is requisite for this workshop.

Class fee: $240 / $180 for Studio Members*

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Singers and Chekhov Technique Special Workshop with SongShop – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 03/28/14 – Chicago, IL

Event Singers and Chekhov Technique Special Workshop with SongShop When Friday, March 28, 2014 7:00pm – Sign up via SongShop – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoSpecial Weekend Intensive Workshop The Singer and Michael Chekhov Acting Technique March 28 & 29, 2014 A Collaborative Workshop – Chekhov Studio Chicago welcomes Song Shop to the Studio!
2135 W Wilson, Chicago, IL 60625

Friday 7-10 PM
Saturday 10-4 with lunch break – eight hours of concentrated training and playing!

Song Shop and Chekhov Studio Chicago come together for the first time in this special workshop designed for singers. Dawn Arnold will lead singers to explore the effective and inspiring tools of the Chekhov Technique! The psycho-physical exercises are simple and surprisingly direct in helping singers to connect to their inner life and create memorable performances.

Singers are invited to bring a song that they wish to develop. (You might bring several that you know well and choose which one you most want to explore as you go). The workshop is active, but all participants can feel comfortable in adapting the work to their ability level. It is energizing, liberating, and fun!

The Friday evening will include an overview of basic concepts of the technique that connect body and mind, wake up the expressive self, and begin the creative process for the singer working on their material. Saturday, singers will be led to apply the concepts to their material, working together in a supportive group. An accompanist will work with us. In the afternoon we will show each other what we are finding in our artistic explorations. Bring two copies of your sheet music in your right key (one for the accompanist)

Interested participants can sign up through Song Shop.

Fee for the Weekend Workshop Intensive is $125
Can’t come to the whole workshop? Contact Song Shop about attending only Friday evening (Fee $45).
Want to observe only for part of the workshop? Join us on Saturday afternoon at 2PM (Fee $15).
Need financial assistance? Contact Song Shop for limited scholarship options.

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Playing with Images Weekend Intensive – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 03/21/14 – Chicago, IL

Event Playing with Images Weekend Intensive When Friday, March 21, 2014 7:00pm – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoWeekend Intensive Workshop Creating and Playing with Images March 21 & 22, 2014 Friday 7-10 PM Saturday 10-4 with lunch break – eight hours of concentrated training and playing!

Weekend Intensive Workshops are a two day immersion in an atmosphere focused on artistic creativity and development. Our weekend workshops train actors, theatre teachers and directors in the method of the Chekhov Technique. Participants work in an active, very focused way.

In this Weekend Intensive we will explore the use of images in developing performance material and building characters. Actors can be working on preparing roles, audition monologues, or creating solo pieces. You can be just beginning or be further along with the material. Wherever you are in your process, the work with imagination, listening for images, and engaging them will expand your artistic range and liberate you from ‘stuck’ places of personal limitations, connecting you to your creative individuality. It will be a weekend of color, free exploration, and artistic focus.

Note: This will not be an introduction to Chekhov Technique. If you are new to the Chekhov Technique, contact the Studio to discuss whether this workshop is a good fit for you at this time.

Workshop fee: $125/ $90 for Studio Members*
To register, contact the Studio at info@movingdock.org

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Six Week Class – Acting with the Chekhov Technique – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 02/25/14 – Chicago, IL

Event Six Week Class – Acting with the Chekhov Technique When Tuesday, February 25, 2014 7:00pm – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoSix Week Class – Acting with the Chekhov Technique February 25 – April 1, 2014 Tuesday evenings 7-9:30 PM Let’s PLAY. The effective tools of the Chekhov Technique make developing characters and scene study an engaged and creative process. Chekhov Technique gets us out of our heads, up on our feet, acting in a whole bodied way. This six week class is a great way to begin studying Chekhov Technique. It is also good for teachers who would like to find fresh approaches to the art of the actor.

In this class we will approach a play as though going into rehearsal, taking time to explore the essentials of the technique as tools to our work on developing characters and working on beats and scenes. Actors will work both individually and in ensemble with movement exploration, improvisation, and study of their character, seeing how the different tools of the Chekhov Technique help us navigate our work on the play.

Workshop fee: $240 / $180 for Studio Members*
Registration: email us at info@movingdock.org

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Weekend Intensive Workshop – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 02/21/14 – Chicago, IL

Event Weekend Intensive Workshop When Friday, February 21, 2014 7:00pm – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoWeekend Intensive Workshop Michael Chekhov Acting Technique – Tools for the Actor Taught by Chekhov Teaching Artist, Dawn Arnold February 21 & 22, 2014 Friday 7-10 PM and Saturday 10-4 PM w/ half hour lunch break

Teachers can receive CPDU credit for all workshops through our partnership with the Illinois Theatre Association.

Weekend Intensive Workshops train actors, theatre teachers, and directors in the method of the Chekhov Technique. Each weekend workshop is centered on essential concepts covered in Michael Chekhov’s book, To The Actor. Students find that after a weekend workshop this book is very accessible and becomes an invaluable aid towards their further study.

In each Weekend Intensive includes work on the ‘actor’s body’, characterization, and exploration of the gem of the technique; the ‘Psychological Gesture’. This is the dynamic secret that ignites the inner life of your scenes. The workshop also includes an overview of other essentials of the technique that bring out your vital energies and imaginative characters for Theatre or Film. This workshop is a solid foundation for further study and a fresh experience for continuing students of the Chekhov method.

Fee: $125 for Non-members, $90 for Studio Members* For registration information and to sign up email us at info@movingdock.org

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FREE WORKSHOP – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 02/15/14 – Chicago, IL

Event FREE WORKSHOP When Saturday, February 15, 2014 10:30am – All Ages Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoFREE WORKSHOP February 15, 2014 Saturday 1030:12:30 AM Want to come? RSVP at info@movingdock.org You are invited to visit us to learn about the Chekhov Technique – how it works and why we love it.

You don’t have to be an actor, singer, or theatre teacher to come. There will be actual workshop for you to participate or observe, demonstrations, and discussion.

Our special art form is workshops – the art that breathes life into performance. We welcome anyone from our community who would like to find out more about our artistic mission and see what it is we do in our many workshops.

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Six Week Class – Acting with the Chekhov Technique – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 01/20/14 – Chicago, IL

Event Six Week Class – Acting with the Chekhov Technique When Monday, January 20, 2014 7:00pm – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoJanuary 18- February 22, 2014 Saturday mornings 10-12:30 The effective tools of the Chekhov Technique make developing characters and scene study an engaged and creative process. Chekhov Technique gets us out of our heads, up on our feet, acting in a whole bodied way. This six week class is a great way to begin studying Chekhov Technique. It is also good for teachers who would like to find fresh approaches to the art of the actor.

Actors will work with open scenes, improvisations, and a character of their choice from a play. Short scenes will be organized from the actors choices of plays. We will explore how the different tools of the Chekhov Technique help us navigate our work.

Workshop fee: $240 / $180 for Studio Members*
Registration: email us at info@movingdock.org

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