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.



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June 13-15, 2019
Thursday – Saturday 10-4PM
with lunch break each day
and Thursday evening 5-9PM

Study Chekhov’s effective and imaginative tools for creating dynamic characters in this three day intensive. Choose a role from a play, opera or musical and take a deep dive, discovering the core of the character. Develop a solo scene (monologue, aria, or musical solo) and perform it. On Thursday evening we will visit the Chicago Art Institute to explore the power of image for our characterization. These three days will be full of artistic discoveries to take into your performance life.

Taught by Chekhov Teaching Artist, Dawn Arnold, Artistic Director of The Moving Dock Theatre Company / Chekhov Studio Chicago and faculty for the Michael Chekhov Association.

This Intensive can be taken by actors new or continuing their study of Chekhov Technique.
Intensive Fee:
$275 / $235  Studio Members*




July 9-13, 2019
Tuesday – Saturday
10:00AM – 4:00PM with lunch break each day

Imagine a company of actors beginning rehearsal with the Chekhov Technique as their guide. This five day intensive is for actors and directors. Each day will include training in the tools of the technique and each afternoon will be rehearsal on the play working with those tools. You will see how the Chekhov approach can be brought right into play.

This Intensive can be taken by actors new or continuing their study of Chekhov Technique.

Taught by Matthew Ellenwood and Dawn Arnold

Intensive Fee:
$395 / $345  Studio Members*



August 15-17, 2019
Thursday – Saturday
10:00AM – 4:00PM with lunch break each day

Dive into some juicy scenes and see where you can go. We will choose our scenes before we meet and prepare to go in depth on relationship, dramatic polarity, atmosphere, and more of Chekhov’s tools for inspired acting.

Taught by Dawn Arnold

Intensive Fee:
$250 / $200  Studio Members*



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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