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
Chekhov Acting Technique Teacher Dawn Arnold

Chekhov Acting Technique Teacher Dawn Arnold




These four Intensives can be taken individually to create your own summer program or take all four for a dynamic Chekhov Experience.
May 11-13     The Psychological Gesture 
June 8-10      The Character and their Relationships 
July 20-22    The Psychological Gesture and Text 
August 3-5    Exploring the Scene the Chekhov Way 

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July 20-22, 2017
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00AM – 4:00PM with lunch break each day

Dig deeper into your text! Discover more of the meaning while activating the inner activity behind it and finding dynamic ways to embody it. In this workshop we will unpack the text through the exploratory process of the Chekhov Technique. Working with the creative tools of the Chekhov Technique, we will explore monologues and scenes, expanding our perceptions of our character and the dramatic moment.

What text would you like to explore?  Perhaps you are preparing a role for performance, or you have parts you are longing to play. Bring a monologue with some complexity. For scenes, participants can make requests of the plays they want to study. We will organize the scenes and get the text to everyone. Actors interested in the August Scene Study Intensive can continue with this material then as well.



August 3-5, 2017
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00AM – 4:00PM with lunch break each day

The Chekhov Technique takes actors and directors to new places in his approach to the scene. In this workshop we will explore some of the ways the Chekhov approach can be used in rehearsing the scene. Working on improvisations and selected scenes, we will create the world of the play with it’s atmospheres, dig into the events, explore relationships, and discover the shape of the scene. We will also look at how to give and receive more fully though our understanding of gestures and radiating.


Three Day Intensive Workshop fees:

$240 / $180 Studio Members*
Discount for taking two or more summer intensives:
$225 / $165 Studio Members* 
Scroll down for more info about Studio Membership and how to register.


ginger and 8th graders

Summer Intensive for Ages 13-17

July 12 – July 15
10 am – 4 pm each day with lunch break

Join ensemble members Alicia Hall and Ginger Schmidt in exploring Chekhov training essentials throughout this special four day teen summer intensive. Emerging actors will learn to bring characters to life in scene work by accessing the building blocks and foundations essential to the Chekhov technique, including psychological gestures and qualities.

Workshop fee: $280, includes all printed materials

Some scholarships are available for this unique training experience.

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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 WorkshopRegistrationForm F2016_distributed 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 In person or via Skype or Google+ Click here for 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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