Chekhov Studio Chicago Classes and Workshops

Training in Michael Chekhov Acting Technique

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Ongoing training in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique is taught in year round sessions of classes, weekend intensives, and special workshops.

“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

Click here – About Chekhov Studio Chicago’s Program

Classes 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

Coming up- December Intensive Workshop

Archetypes and Atmospheres

December 5-7
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 AM-4 PM (with lunch break)
Observers welcome Saturday, Dec 7 at 2:30PM

“However new and unexpected your images may be, they are, after all, your own creations…”   Michael Chekhov


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*
Scroll down for how to register



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Michael Chekhov Acting Technique – Essentials


September 23 – November 11 , 2019
Monday evenings 7-9:30 PM


Begin or refresh your study of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique with the Essentials of the Chekhov Technique as found in Chekhov’s book, To The Actor.
- Study the dynamic principles for the actor
- Develop your instrument – body and voice
- Learn Chekhov’s creative, improvisational process
- Learn the tools of the technique including the Psychological GestureThe study of the essentials of the Chekhov Technique prepare the actor in mind and body to do their best work and develop their talent. All our continuing classes are built on this course.​ Create dynamic and truthful characters working with the imagination.
Returning students can take this class again to further develop their craft with these essential aspects of the art of the actor.

Michael Chekhov Acting Technique – Continuing Class

September 24 – November 19, 2019
Tuesday evenings 7-9:30 PM
Note: No class October 8


Continue your study of the Chekhov Technique, exploring more advanced ideas from Chekhov’s approach and apply it to preparing a role and working on scenes. Investigate your roles in a new light and connect to text in an organic way that opens the meaning to you and enables you to express the inner life in performance. Create dynamic and truthful characters working with the imagination.Can be taken concurrently with the Essentials class if you are a returning student.


Class Fee: $345 /$265 Studio Member* 




If you are a former student of any of our classes and workshops, you may attend sessions of the Essentials Class as a Drop-In student. To sign up, email the studio that you are interested, give the date, and come to the class.

Fee: $40/ $35 Studio Member per session. You can bring cash or check or pay online.


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 Actors new to our Studio will interview by email. 2) Fill out and return this WorkshopRegistration form. 3) Process $35  non-refundable registration deposit. This deposit is part of the total fee for the class/workshop. You may send a check made out to The Moving Dock Theatre Company or process online here:



Please add $3 for online payments. Remainder of the fee must be paid by the first day of the workshop/class. Pay Plans for classes are made by individual agreement. Inquire as you register. Drop Policy: By registering for a class you are committing to the whole class. If you are on a payment plan, note that full payment must be made even if classes are missed. There is no prorated class fee for missed classes. If you need to drop the class prior to the beginning of the class (with 48 hours notice) any paid tuition minus the non-refundable deposit will be refunded. After the class has begun, the non-refundable deposit and any 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.


Work one-on-one with Acting Coach Dawn Arnold. Prepare material for auditions or develop roles for your professional work. Sessions are arranged by email and phone. Coaching can also be done via Skype, Google Hangout, or Phone Video call. Click here for more info:  COACHING

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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