About the Thinking, Feeling, Willing Your Words Workshop

This is an interesting moment in the life of our world. We are feeling a need to move, to get out there, back into what we love. What will that mean? What will be different? What are we going towards?

We have a story now, from this year. What is our story? What do we need to speak? Our inner artist is waiting. It waits while we dream. It waits while we do other things, while we take action. What does it need?

It needs a moment, a space, a time. The inner artist needs us to listen. It needs [...]

How does the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique Work?

The urge to perform is always met by the question, “How will I do it?” It is an invitation to create that is exciting and intimidating all at once. How will we take the ideas and impressions we have about the characters we will perform and arrive at that place of confident, radiant expression we seek? Each artist ultimately forms their own process, but fortunately we don’t each have to invent the wheel. The mysterious ‘how” has been sought by dedicated artist-teachers who discovered principles that work.

Michael Chekhov is world renowned as one of the brilliant thinkers [...]

Exploring Expansively

What’s the dream now? All my life I have turned to forms of artistic expression to help me with this momentous question. My practice has included violin, theatre, singing, movement of various genres, vocal techniques, and Michael Chekhov acting technique. Each discipline gave me a direction, goals, and process towards discovery of my being and identity. I have been very satisfied working in these ways. Knowing what they have to offer, I have dedicated my career to teaching others how to have an artistic practice.While the disciplines vary in approach and what we might call short term and long [...]

Archetypes and Atmospheres – Three Day Intensive Workshop – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 12/05/19 – Chicago, IL

Event Archetypes and Atmospheres – Three Day Intensive Workshop When Thursday, December 5, 2019 10:00am – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoArchetypes and Atmospheres – Three Day Intensive Workshop December 5,6,7, 2019 Thursday – Saturday 10-4 each day with lunch break Observers welcome Saturday, Dec 7 at 2:30PM To register – email us info@movingdock.org Take your acting (and yourself) to new places in this three day immersion into the realm of your imagination. Expand your intuitive, impulsive, sensing ability. Working with tools of the Chekhov Acting Technique we will create together with the stuff of storytelling – archetypes and atmospheres.

This workshop is for actors, theatre directors, and theatre teachers to explore these aspects of our dramatic art in a supportive ensemble. You do not need to have previous experience with the Chekhov Technique. Bring your curiosity, passion, and get ready to imagine, improvise, and create.

On the last afternoon we will open the workshop to interested observers to see what we are creating. This might be a good opportunity to get acquainted with Chekhov Studio Chicago!

Three Day Intensive Workshop fee:
$260 / $195 Studio Members*

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SUMMER INTENSIVE SCENE STUDY DEEP DIVE – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 08/15/19 – Chicago, IL

Event SUMMER INTENSIVE SCENE STUDY DEEP DIVE When Thursday, August 15, 2019 10:00am – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoSummer Intensives! Immerse yourself the Art of the Actor as you begin or continue your study of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. Ask questions and register by emailing us at info@movingdock.org AUGUST INTENSIVE SCENE STUDY DEEP DIVE August 15-17, 2019 Thursday – Saturday 10:00AM – 4:00PM with lunch break each day Dive into some juicy scenes and see where you can go. We will choose our scenes before we meet and prepare to go in depth on relationship, dramatic polarity, atmosphere, and more of Chekhov’s tools for inspired acting.

Taught by Dawn Arnold

Intensive Fee:
$250 / $200 Studio Members*

Our workshop venue:
Chekhov Studio Chicago
@Christian Community Church
2135 W Wilson Chicago, IL 60625

Next:
AUGUST INTENSIVE
SCENE STUDY DEEP DIVE
August 15-17, 2019

More info:
http://www.movingdock.org/site/workshops-and-events/

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SUMMER INTENSIVE REHEARSING THE PLAY THE CHEKHOV WAY – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 07/09/19 – Chicago, IL

Event SUMMER INTENSIVE REHEARSING THE PLAY THE CHEKHOV WAY When Tuesday, July 9, 2019 10:00am – 16+ 8:00pm – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoSummer Intensives! Immerse yourself the Art of the Actor as you begin or continue your study of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. Ask questions and register by emailing us at info@movingdock.org JULY INTENSIVE REHEARSING THE PLAY THE CHEKHOV WAY July 9-13, 2019 Tuesday – Saturday 10:00AM – 4:00PM with lunch break each day Imagine a company of actors beginning rehearsal with the Chekhov Technique as their guide. This five day intensive is for actors and directors. Each day will include training in the tools of the technique and each afternoon will be rehearsal on the play working with those tools. You will see how the Chekhov approach can be brought right into play.
Can be taken by actors new or continuing their study of Chekhov Technique.

Taught by Matthew Ellenwood and Dawn Arnold

Intensive Fee:
$395 / $345 Studio Members*

Our workshop venue:
Chekhov Studio Chicago
@Christian Community Church
2135 W Wilson Chicago, IL 60625

Next:
AUGUST INTENSIVE
SCENE STUDY DEEP DIVE
August 15-17, 2019

More info:
http://www.movingdock.org/site/workshops-and-events/

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Summer Intensive – Creating Dynamic Characters – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 06/13/19 – Chicago, IL

Event Summer Intensive – Creating Dynamic Characters When Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:00am – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoSummer Intensive Workshop at Chekhov Studio Chicago CREATING DYNAMIC CHARACTERS June 13-15, 2019 Thursday – Saturday 10-4PM with lunch break each day and Thursday evening 5-9PM This summer Intensive workshop is three concentrated days to explore facets of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. This workshop is focused on developing characters. Study Chekhov’s effective and imaginative tools for creating dynamic characters in this three day intensive. Choose a role from a play, opera or musical and take a deep dive, discovering the core of the character. Develop a solo scene (monologue, aria, or musical solo) and perform it. On Thursday evening we will visit the Chicago Art Institute to explore the power of image for our characterization. These three days will be full of artistic discoveries to take into your performance life.

All the summer workshops will include preparing the Actor’s Body and working with the Psychological Gesture. Actors and theatre teachers new to Chekhov and those continuing their Chekhov journey can enjoy any of these workshops.

Workshops are taught by Dawn Arnold, Certified Michael Chekhov Teaching Artist and Artistic Director of Moving Dock Theatre Co.

Workshop Venue:
Chekhov Studio Chicago @ Christian Community Church
2135 W Wilson Chicago, Il 60625

Three Day Intensive Workshop fee:
$275 / $235 Studio Members*

To register email us at info@movingdock.org

http://www.movingdock.org/site/workshops-and-events/

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Artistic Doors Acting Workshops – We Must Have Music – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 11/29/18 – Chicago, IL

Event Artistic Doors Acting Workshops – We Must Have Music When Thursday, November 29, 2018 7:00pm – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoARTISTIC DOORS INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS EXPLORING THE ART OF THE ACTOR WITH CREATIVE APPLICATION OF MICHAEL CHEKHOV ACTING TECHNIQUE WE MUST HAVE MUSIC Taught by Dawn Arnold and Matthew Ellenwood November 29- December 1, 2018 Thursday and Friday 7-10 PM, Saturday 10-4 PM “We don’t have to dance, but we have to be full of music.” Michael Chekhov Let music move you! For actors and singing actors, this workshop is a guided exploration of how we can use music as a door to our feeling life and connect holistically to our expressive, actor body. Find the music in your acting and the acting in your music. Actors will work with material that interests them as we explore atmospheres and develop characters.

Workshops will be held at
Chekhov Studio Chicago
@Christian Community Church
2135 W Wilson Chicago, IL 60625
Directions

Register by emailing us at info@movingdock.org​​​​​​​

Three Day Intensive Workshop fees:
$185 / $145 Studio Members*
*Studio Membership is $100 for a year of discounted fees.

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Artistic Doors Acting Workshops – Conjuring Characters – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 11/08/18 – Chicago, IL

Event Artistic Doors Acting Workshops – Conjuring Characters When Thursday, November 8, 2018 7:00pm – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoARTISTIC DOORS INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS EXPLORING THE ART OF THE ACTOR WITH CREATIVE APPLICATION OF MICHAEL CHEKHOV ACTING TECHNIQUE CONJURING CHARACTERS Taught by Dawn Arnold November 8-10, 2018 Thursday and Friday 7-10 PM, Saturday 10-4 PM “However new and unexpected your images may be, they are, after all, your own creations…” Michael Chekhov This workshop is a time to delve deeply into your character by means of your imagination. Working with Chekhov’s tools for characterization, we will envision and inhabit the character while exploring their world, their struggle, and all the aspects of their unique being. Bring a character you are preparing or that you have a desire to play and create a dynamic character.

Workshops will be held at
Chekhov Studio Chicago
@Christian Community Church
2135 W Wilson Chicago, IL 60625
Directions

Register by emailing us at info@movingdock.org​​​​​​​

Three Day Intensive Workshop fees:
$185 / $145 Studio Members*
*Studio Membership is $100 for a year of discounted fees.

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Acting with Your Wise Actor Body – Intensive Workshop – Chekhov Studio Chicago – 10/18/18 – Chicago, IL

Event Acting with Your Wise Actor Body – Intensive Workshop When Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:00pm – To Register E-mail us at info@movingdock.org – 16+ Where Chekhov Studio Chicago (map) 2135 W Wilson (Christian Community Church) Chicago, IL 60625 Other InfoARTISTIC DOORS INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS EXPLORING THE ART OF THE ACTOR WITH CREATIVE APPLICATION OF MICHAEL CHEKHOV ACTING TECHNIQUE ACTING WITH YOUR WISE ACTOR BODY October 18-20, 2018 Wise Actor Thursday and Friday 7-10 PM, Saturday 10-4 PM “Our exercises, which are very simple, are giving to the body wisdom.” Michael Chekhov The first of our fall workshops focuses on discovering how to act with the unique instrument that is our body. More than ‘getting out of your head,’ acting with your wise actor body expands your intuitive, impulsive, sensing ability. Working with tools of the Chekhov Technique, we will find our acting choices in a way that brings the body and mind together as a harmonious whole. Actors will work with characters from material that interests them as well as create improvised scenes.

Taught by Dawn Arnold

New to our Studio? This is a good workshop for getting acquainted with the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique.

Workshops will be held at
Chekhov Studio Chicago
@Christian Community Church
2135 W Wilson Chicago, IL 60625
Directions

Register by emailing us at info@movingdock.org​​​​​​​

Three Day Intensive Workshop fees:
$185 / $145 Studio Members*
*Studio Membership is $100 for a year of discounted fees.

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