Chekhov Studio Chicago Classes and Workshops

Training in Michael Chekhov Acting Technique

Chekhov Studio Chicago Workshop


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


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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Summer Intensive Workshops 

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Immerse yourself the Art of the Actor as you begin or continue your study of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. Mix and Match these summer workshops to feed your actor soul or take them all to immerse yourself in the Chekhov experience.

Each Intensive Workshop is three concentrated days to explore facets of the Chekhov Technique. All the workshops will include preparing the Actor’s Body and working with the Psychological Gesture. Actors and theatre teachers new to Chekhov and those continuing their Chekhov journey can enjoy any of these workshops.

All Summer Intensive Workshops are
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00AM – 4:00PM with lunch break each day


May 24- 26, 2018

Focus on: Qualities, Sensations, Atmospheres


June 7-9, 2018

Focus on: Centers, Imaginary Body, Archetypes


July 19-21, 2018

Focus on: Approaching the text


August 23-25, 2018

Focus on: Objectives, Relationships, Radiating and Receiving


Three Day Intensive Workshop fees:
$240 / $180 Studio Members*
Discount for taking two or more summer intensives:
$225 / $165 Studio Members* 


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Introduction to the Chekhov Technique 

Six Week Class
Mondays 7:00 – 9:30PM
April 30 – June 11, 2018*
*Note- No class on Memorial Day

The Actor’s Essential Questions

Begin, refresh, or continue your study of the essential tools of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique as found in Chekhov’s book, To The Actor. This six week class will introduce you to the principles and process of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. Develop the Actor’s Body, discover how to awaken inner connections, and ask the questions that bring a character to life.
Actors will work as an ensemble, with partners, and with solo concentration. Throughout the sessions, short scenes will be created out of improvisations. Actors will work with monologues from a play, film script, or musical, looking at text analysis in an engaged way and developing characters.

Audition Monologue Lab

Six Week Class 
Tuesdays, May 1 – June 5, 2018
Tuesdays 7:00 – 9:30PM
Work with the tools of the Chekhov Technique to develop dynamic monologues for your upcoming auditions.
You know you always need new monologues ready to go when the opportunities arise. Overcome procrastination with the help of a professional coach, the Chekhov Technique, and supportive colleagues. Choose and prepare several contrasting pieces to add to your portfolio. Singers can also work on acting songs for musical auditions.

Class fees:
Six Week Class $240/$180 Studio Members*
Discount for taking both classes: $400/$300 Studio Members*
Payment plans available.
Actors who have studied at Chekhov Studio Chicago previously are invited to drop-in to either of these spring classes by contacting us in advance. Fee: $40/$30 Studio Membership


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 then set up an interview conversation (in person or by phone).

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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