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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Coming up - Art of the Actor Workshop at the Art Institute of Chicago

The November 7 Art of the Actor Workshop will be 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


Psychological Gesture  Heather Jencks in the Studio Photo by Jazmin Corona

Psychological Gesture Heather Jencks in the Studio
Photo by Jazmin Corona

The Art of the Actor Saturday Workshop Series

Continuing the Chekhov Journey

Five Saturday Intensive Sessions 10-4 PM

The Art of the Actor Class meets on alternate Saturdays through the fall – October 10, October 24, November 7, November 21, and December 5.

“…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

Art of the Actor Class, a series of artistic retreats for actors continuing their understanding of the Chekhov Technique, is an opportunity to go deep into essentials of the technique, imaginative character development, and creative scene study, rooted in the teaching found in Chekhov’s book, To the Actor. Participants must have completed either the twelve week course at Chekhov Studio Chicago or an equivalent in other Chekhov classes, workshops, or College courses.

Actors from beyond the Chicago area are welcome to be a part of this class. You can sign up for individual sessions. Contact the Studio with your questions.

Taught by Chekhov Teaching Artist, Dawn Arnold

Art of the Actor Class – individual sessions fee – $95/$75 Studio Members*
*Purchase a Studio Member Card and enjoy discounted fees for a year.
Scroll down to bottom of page for How to Register.


Michael Chekhov Acting Technique I – Essentials

September 28 – November 2, 2015 

Monday evenings 7-9:30 PM

 Act Truthfully, Transform Imaginatively

Begin 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 how to work with the Psychological Gesture

All our continuing classes and special workshops are built on this foundational course.​

The Essentials work is followed by the Chekhov approach to Characterization

Michael Chekhov Acting Technique II – Characterization

November 9 – December 14, 2015

Monday evenings 7-9:30 PM

Create dynamic and truthful characters working with the imagination and Chekhov’s tools, developing a character and working on short scenes.

- Work with the Psychological Gesture to explore the nature and drive of your character

- Discover how to play with centers, personal atmospheres, and imaginary body to create and inhabit a character.


 Continuing students who have already taken these classes but would like to repeat them may take the class again or join the class on a drop-in basis to refresh their understanding.


Twelve Week Course fee – $420/$300 Studio Members*

Each Six Week Class fee: $240/ $180 Studio Members* (Each six week class can be taken separately.)

*Purchase a Studio Member Card and enjoy discounted fees for a year.

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


Michael Chekhov Acting Technique III – Monologues and Scenes

October 27 – December 1, 2015

Tuesday evenings 7-9:30 PM

For continuing students of the Chekhov Technique. Application of Chekhov Technique to working with monologues and scenes.

-Explore Chekhov essentials and characterization tools in ways that open the material

-Develop the characters

-Integrate text and voice work

-Explore the scenes through applying the technique

-Perform the monologues and scenes and get feedback

Fee: $240/ $180 Studio Members*

*Purchase a Studio Member Card and enjoy discounted fees for a year.

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



Workshops and classes are taught by Dawn Arnold, Certified Michael Chekhov Teaching Artist

Founder of Chekhov Studio Chicago, Dawn Arnold has been bringing the Chekhov Technique to Chicago actors and around the country at schools and theatre companies. To book a workshop email


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.



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

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.

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