The Art of the Actor
Training in Michael Chekhov Acting Technique
“The beauty of his approach is that he offers a direct route to the actor’s creativity by the simplest means.” Simon Callow in his forward to Chekhov’s book, To The Actor.
We are Chicago’s resource for the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. Our Weekend Workshops and classes in Chicago offer film/theatre actors, singers, and theatre teachers training in the Chekhov Technique.
These workshops continue and augment training done through MICHA (the Michael Chekhov Association) or can prepare students to participate in international MICHA events. Each workshop is specially designed for the experience and needs of new and continuing students.
The Michael Chekhov Acting Technique allows us to move and be moved by the imagination. Exploring the essential elements of the art of the actor and character, we find ever new goals for our acting as we discover more of our expressive selves.
Our workshops are taught by Dawn Arnold, Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA) Master Teacher, assisted by members of our Studio who also are studying with MICHA.
Workshop venue: 2135 W. Wilson, Chicago, IL 60625 Directions
WINTER 2014 INTENSIVES AND CLASSES
Weekend Intensive Workshops
December 13 & 14, 2013 * Note adjusted time for the Saturday session
Friday 7-10 PM and *Saturday 9AM – 2:30PM w/half hour lunch break
Weekend Intensive Workshops are concentrated artistic retreats for actors, theatre teachers, and directors focused on different aspects and applications of the Chekhov Technique.
Each Weekend Intensive includes work on the ‘actor’s body’, characterization, and exploration of the gem of the technique; the ‘Psychological Gesture’. This is the dynamic secret that ignites the inner life of your scenes. The workshop also includes an overview of other essentials of the technique that bring out your vital energies and imaginative characters for Theatre or Film. A weekend workshop can be an introduction, a solid foundation for further study, or a fresh experience for continuing students of the Chekhov method.
Workshop fee: $125 / $90 for Studio Members*
SPECIAL JANUARY INTENSIVE
OUT OF THE BOX – PLAYING IN THE REALM OF FAIRY TALE
January 2-4, 2014Thursday, January 2 2-6 PM Friday January 3 10-4 PM Saturday, January 4 10-4 PM
Fairy Tales, our most profound form of storytelling, take us beyond the narrow frame of realism, offering us a much larger imaginative canvas for theatre making, which includes Shakespeare, opera, musicals, and many dramatic plays. But playing in the realm of the fantastic presents challenges to truthful acting.
This special intensive for actors, directors, and theatre teachers will focus on exercising our imaginations, and using the tools of the Chekhov Technique to play effectively in a heightened reality. Get creative – we will be adapting, creating and transforming, moving from the ordinary to the extraordinary.
Taught by Dawn Arnold who has directed The Moving Dock Theatre Company’s adaptations and original plays in heightened realities. Moving Dock Company Members will be on hand to share their experience with playing in the realm of the extraordinary.
Workshop fee: $225 / $170 for Studio Members* Early registration discount: Register by December 15, 2013 for 10% discount
Six Week Class – Preparing for Auditions
January 7 – February 11, 2014
Tuesday 7-9:30 PM
Getting ready for upcoming professional or graduate school auditions? This class is focused on preparing the two minute audition. Learn how to apply the principles of the Chekhov Technique to hone your characters, play your scene, and radiate the inner life of your performance.
Work with Chekhov’s specific tools to develop the character and monologue
Rehearse in an improvisational exploration method
Perform for the class in every session
Workshop fee: $240 / $180 for Studio Members*
Get your 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.
In person or via Skype or Google+. More info click here.
CHEKHOV STUDIO CHICAGO SHOWCASE
Professional Development for Chicago Actors. Actors training and working out in Chekhov Studio Chicago’s classes and workshops will be able to be a part of our Spring 2014 Showcase. Winter classes and workshops will continue to focus on training and developing materials while the spring classes will be devoted to forming and rehearsing the Showcase. Contact us for more information.
*New! Chekhov Studio Chicago 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. Our weekend workshops, classes, and our drop-in option for continuing students of the Studio make it easy to work on your craft before, during, and after film and theatre productions. Buy a Member Class Card for one year and enjoy discounted workshop fees for every workshop you take.
Download more information here: CHEKHOV STUDIO CHICAGO MEMBERSHIP CLASS CARD *
HOW TO REGISTER
1) E-mail us with any questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.