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
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Chekhov Studio Chicago celebrates 15 years

Chekhov Studio Chicago celebrates 15 years of training actors, directors, and theatre teachers in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. Originally called the Studio of the Moving Dock Theatre Company, we opened our doors in September 2003 at the Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago. We changed our name to better reflect our mission to offer the Chekhov Technique in Chicago.



Sign up through March 28  for Early Registration Discount*


Three PG's

Chekhov Technique Essentials

Eight Week Class
Monday evenings 7-9:30PM
April 8 – June 4, 2019
Note: No class Memorial Day or April 22
Last class is the Showcase on Tuesday, June 4
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 of the art of the actorMChekhov Chart Inspired Acting
- Develop your instrument – your wise actor body
- Learn Chekhov’s creative, improvisational process
- Learn the tools of the technique including the Psychological Gesture

These essentials prepare the actor in mind and body to do their best work. Actors will explore the psycho-physical relationship, finding new awareness of themselves and how to transform through Chekhov’s points of focus. All our continuing classes are built on this foundation.​

Scenes from this class will be presented at the Studio Showcase on Tuesday, June 4.

Actors who have taken Essentials can take this class again to continue to work on these essential aspects of their craft or to renew their art.

Actors from the Studio who have taken Essentials may drop in to this class after contacting the instructor.


Chekhov Technique Essentials II – Character and Scene

Eight Week Class
Tuesday evenings 7-9:30PM
April 9 – June 4, 2019
Note: No class May 21
Last class is the Showcase on Tuesday, June 4
Continue your study of the Chekhov Technique as you prepare a role and work on scenes. Create dynamic and truthful characters working with the imagination, look at the material in a new light, and connect to text in an organic way that opens the meaning to you and enables you to connect to the inner life of your character during performance.
Scenes from this class will be presented at the Studio Showcase on Tuesday, June 4.
Can be taken concurrently with the Essentials class.
Eight Week Class Fee:
$320 / $240 Studio Members*
Discount for taking two classes per week: $540/$410 Studio Membership*
Payment plans available.

Sign up through March 28  for Early Registration 10% Discount



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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