Chekhov Studio Chicago Classes and Workshops

Schedule of Classes & Workshops Fall 2015

Weekend Intensive Workshop 

Leaps of Imagination: Imagining the Character and their World

December 5 & 6, 2014

Friday, 7-10 PM and Saturday 9:30 – 3:30 PM

Actors, Singers, and Theatre Teachers – Spend a weekend in the Chekhov Studio!

We became actors to enter imagined worlds. Chekhov’s approach works with our imaginations, giving us a process that makes our imaginings actable. This workshop will be focused on how to rely on our creative imaginations to develop our characters as we do that all important solo prep work for rehearsals and performances.

You do not need to have previous experience with the Chekhov Technique to take this Intensive.

Fee: $125/$90 Studio Members* Scroll down to bottom of page for How to Register.


Michael Chekhov Acting Technique Classes

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.

“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


2nd Fall Six Week Session – Characterization

October 28 – December 2, 2014

Tuesday evenings 7-9:30 PM

“Every true artist, and especially talented actors, bear within themselves deeply rooted and often unconscious desire for transformation. Speaking our theatrical language, desire for characterization. “ Michael Chekhov

This Six Week Class in Chekhov Acting Technique is an exploration of the tools for characterization. While continuing to work with the essentials of the technique, we will focus on how to create dynamic characters, working with the imagination and Chekhov’s method of Leading Questions. The goal of the class is to develop a working understanding of the tools of this cutting edge approach to the Art of the Actor and apply them, developing a character with a monologue and working on short scenes. A perfect class for developing a role you are preparing for a show or audition.

Fee: $240/ $180 Studio Members*

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


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.




Saturday Shops – Workshops on Special Topics

A Very Big Door - Exploring the gestures in art and life

A Workshop with Dawn Arnold

Saturday, October 4, 2014  10-2 PM

Our Saturday Shops return with an exploration of Chekhov’s Psychological Gesture. This workshop is for anyone curious about this core concept of the Chekhov Technique and how it might be applied to acting, performance, and to life.

“It is a big, big door through which we can enter and take everything, and turn them into things which we can act.”

(From Michael Chekhov’s archived notes transcribed by Deirdre Hurst duPrey)

Fee: $40/$30 Studio Members* Scroll down to bottom of page for How to Register.


Imagining and Transforming

A Workshop with Dawn Arnold

Saturday, October 11, 2014  10-4 PM ​

In this one day workshop you will be guided to work deeply with your imagination, developing a character of your choice from a play, film script, book, or any other source. If you are working on a new role or a piece for auditions, this is a perfect way to get into character. Choose one you would LOVE to play!

 ”Every true artist, and especially talented actors, bear within themselves deeply rooted and often unconscious desire for transformation. Speaking our theatrical language, desire for characterization.” (Michael Chekhov)
We’ll be working with Chekhov’s tools such as the imaginary body as well as the method of Leading Questions to discover more about our character. Imagine, envision, then transform!

Fee: $75/$65 Studio Members* Scroll down to bottom of page for How to Register.



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


Red Shoes Solo Show Project Workshops

Fall and Winter dates TBA

Who gave you the Red Shoes? Who launched you into your life in art? The Red Shoes Solo Show Project began this year for actors who love working with the Chekhov Technique and want to take the artistic tools of the technique into creative directions. In The Red Shoes Solo Show Project actors are building solo shows based on their own experiences of being in the arts – told in the style of a fairy tale (or whatever style unfolds for your material). In each workshop, we work together as an ensemble to get going, break out into solo work, then come together to show what we are discovering and offer feedback.

Interested actors are invited to join us to begin building a solo show and develop it in any of the workshops devoted to this project. We will have several workshops throughout the summer and into next year. Contact us with your interest.

Note: This project is designed for actors who have been regularly training in Chekhov Technique or have completed a course in Chekhov Training.



1) E-mail us with any questions you may have 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 a explore 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 are available to schools (high school, college, university) and theatre companies through our Guest Workshops and Residencies.



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