Chekhov Studio Chicago Classes and Workshops

Schedule of Classes & Workshops

Training in Michael Chekhov Acting Technique

Performance Workshop at Chekhov Studio Chicago

Performance Workshop at Chekhov Studio Chicago


Ongoing training in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique is taught in six week sessions. The first six weeks covers the essentials of the technique, followed by the next six weeks of characterization. Students can then take the classes designed for continuing students such as the Monologue class. Continuing students of the technique are welcome to take either Essentials or Characterization classes again or visit these classes on a drop-in basis to gain mastery.


“As soon as we begin to develop our bodies, voices, and emotions, we begin to get our professional actor’s technique, and as soon as we have our technique, we can start the creative process – and what will it be?”  Michael Chekhov

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Psychological Gesture  Heather Jencks in the Studio Photo by Jazmin Corona

Psychological Gesture Heather Jencks in the Studio
Photo by Jazmin Corona


Connect or reconnect with the Michael Chekhov Technique

August 22, 2015

September 19, 2015

Saturday 10-4 PM

Act Truthfully, Transform Imaginatively

Discover the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique in this one day workshop. Take a day to

- connect  or reconnect to the essentials of the technique, finding inspiration for your acting in dynamic movement and imaginative play

- learn tools for developing characters imaginatively and apply them to working on a character.

Chekhov’s Technique can be applied to all styles of acting for theatre and film.

This could be your first Chekhov workshop or perhaps your twentieth! We welcome our Chekhov colleagues as well as actors, singers, and teachers experiencing Chekhov Technique for the first time.

These workshops are taught by Dawn Arnold, Certified Michael Chekhov Technique Teacher

Fee: $95/ $72 Studio Members*

Scroll down to bottom of page for How to Register.


Michael Chekhov Acting Technique for Singers

June 22- July 27, 2015

Mondays 7-9:30 PM

Chekhov Studio Chicago welcomes singers this summer for a Six Week Class in Chekhov Technique for Singers.  Dawn Arnold, certified master teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique and and Matthew Ellenwood of Complete Vocal Services, will lead singers to explore the effective and inspiring tools of the Chekhov Technique and guide them in applying the tools to their songs or arias.

The Chekhov Technique is a world renowned approach that inspires performing artists, giving them effective means to connect to and express the inner life of their roles. The psycho-physical exercises are simple and surprisingly direct in helping singers to create memorable performances.

“…the highest and final aim of every true artist, whatever his particular branch of art, may be defined as the desire to express himself freely and completely.” Michael Chekhov in To The Actor

“What the singer needs is an acting approach that unifies their acting and singing. Chekhov’s approach enables the singer to understand their character and the action of the scene through their body/mind, connecting directly to their singing.” Dawn Arnold

This class will introduce the basic concepts of the technique in an ensemble format and then singers will be guided to apply the Chekhov Technique to their material, working one on one with Matthew and Dawn

Fee: $240/ $180 Studio Members*

Pay Plan available. Ask when registering. Scroll down to bottom of page for How to Register.

Drop in Students

Continuing students of the Studio (or another Chekhov workshop/class) may drop-in to these classes with permission.

Fee: $40/$30 Studio Membership

Email the Studio in advance of the class.



Dedicate yourself to your professional development and support the Studio that makes these opportunities available to you all at the same time with a Chekhov Studio Chicago Membership. Buy a Member Class Card for one year  ($100) and enjoy discounted workshop fees for every workshop you take during that year. Download more information here: CHEKHOV STUDIO CHICAGO MEMBERSHIP CLASS CARD



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2) Fill out and return this WORKSHOP REGISTRATION FORM 2012-13

3) Pay fee. You may pay the entire fee (check or money order made out to The Moving Dock Theatre Company) via mail to our address on the registration form or pay online via PayPal. Or pay $35 (or special deposit as specified in the workshop information) non-refundable deposit to hold your place and bring the remainder to the first day of the workshop. Please add $3 for online payments. Pay Plans for Classes are made by individual agreement. Please contact the Studio. Drop Policy: If you need to drop the class prior to the beginning of the class (with 48 hours notice) the tuition minus the non-refundable deposit will be refunded. After the class has begun, the non-refundable deposit and your paid tuition will remain on account with the Studio for one year and carry over to any other class or workshop you wish to take.



Get materials together with Acting Coach Dawn Arnold prior to the start of the classes. Choose and cut the piece, analyze the play and gather ideas about the character so that you are ready to dive in and explore it in class.

“I studied the Chekhov Technique in the NY Studio for four years. I am so grateful that here in Chicago I can continue to cultivate this immensely inspiring technique with Dawn Arnold’s mastery and guidance. It works!  B.C. Professional Actress

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Bring Chekhov Studio Chicago’s Workshops to you

Have you seen our workshops on the Arts and Education Exchange? Our Art of the Actor workshops in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique and creative process for rehearsals are available to schools (high school, college, university) and theatre companies through our Guest Workshops and Residencies.


Red Shoes Solo Show Project Workshops

Dates TBA

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 (or whatever style unfolds for your material). 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 workshops devoted to this project. We will have several workshops throughout the summer and into next year. Contact us with your interest.

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



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