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 year round sessions of classes, weekend workshops, and special classes.

“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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Eight Week Session

January 18 – March 8, 2016

Chekhov Essentials Mondays 7-9:30 PM and
Chekhov Scene Study Tuesdays 7 – 9:30 PM


This Winter Session we’re bringing study in Chekhov Essentials and Chekhov Scene Study together in an eight week immersion. Make deep connections and hone your acting skills.

Imagine beginning a rehearsal process the Chekhov way, working on the actor’s body and then diving into developing a character and working creatively on the play. That is the impulse for this eight week immersion in the art of the actor. We will be working on one play in both the Essentials and the Scene Study.  On Monday evenings we will prepare our acting body with the essential concepts of the Chekhov Technique in the context of the play we have before us. On Tuesday evenings we will look at how the technique guides our process as we work on parts of the play together.

The immersion will be taught by Dawn Arnold, Certified Michael Chekhov Teaching Artist and Artistic Director of Moving Dock Theatre Co.

Continuing students of the Chekhov Technique who have had previous training in Chekhov essentials may take the Tuesday scene study class separately. Actors new to Chekhov Technique who feel they are not ready to take both classes at this time may take the Monday essentials separately. Contact the studio to ask questions.

Class fee:

Art of the Actor Immersion – $500/$380 Studio Member*
Single Class Only fee – $320/$240*
Scroll down to see how to register and information about the Studio Membership
Payment Plan options – Contact the Studio

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

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.


Stay tuned for our next - Art of the Actor Workshop at the Art Institute of Chicago

Art of the Actor Workshop at Chicago’s Art Institute. Spend a day of exploring images that inspire our creative work in the Art of the Actor. We will look at how artists have expressed character, dramatic action through gesture, atmosphere, and more and then explore how we can ‘take an image’ to work with it in acting. Get your powers of concentration ready for a work-out!

Not yet a Chekhov Technique Actor? Not an actor but interested to look through the actor’s lens at images of art? Delighted to have you join us for this special adventure in our Saturday Workshop Series.

We will meet and enter the Art Institute at 10:30, take a lunch break at the Museum Cafe and then continue until 4PM. You might choose to continue to enjoy the museum until it closes at 5PM.

This special workshop is led by Dawn Arnold, Artistic Director of Moving Dock Theatre and Chekhov Technique Teaching Artist at Chekhov Studio Chicago.

Email Chekhov Studio Chicago at to sign up for this exciting event.

Workshop Fee: $40/$30 Studio Member

Museum Entrance Fee: $25, Chicago Resident $20, Illinois Resident $22  There are discounts for Educators and People with valid Student ID’s

Find more info and directions t the Art Institute at



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



1) E-mail us at

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

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.




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