Chekhov Studio Chicago Classes and Workshops

Schedule of Classes & 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


Taught by Chekhov Acting Teacher Dawn Arnold

Acts of Empathy

Michael Chekhov Acting Technique – Characterization

Eight Week Class
March 27 – May 15, 2017
Monday evenings, 7-9:30PM

What is it to walk in another’s shoes when you have actually met and talked with the person you are portraying? Utilizing the tools for character development from our study of the Chekhov Technique, we will portray a character we have interviewed, listened to, deeply considered, and taken on in an act of empathy. Playing a ‘real’ character is an exciting opportunity for an actor, requiring willingness to be an objective observer and the craft of the actor to transform. Supporting one’s career objectives, this artistic focus can expand one’s ability to perceive and understand others, something greatly needed in our times. This is a different take on our eight week acting class this spring, utilizing the tools for character development from our study of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. Note: As part of our exploration of artistic ways to portray a person, we will do one class at the Art Institute of Chicago. Any actor who has taken a Chekhov workshop or class, either at Chekhov Studio Chicago or elsewhere, is welcome to take this course.

Class fee: $320 / $240 Studio Members*
Payment plans available.

Advanced Chekhov Scene Study Intensive 

January 28/29, 2017
February 18/19, 2017
March 25/26, 2017
Saturday 10AM – 4PM with lunch break
Sunday 3PM – 6PM
These monthly intensive workshops are opportunities for advanced Chekhov actors to immerse in scene study the Chekhov way. It is an advanced exploration of what happens between characters in the course of a scene. If you have been working with the Chekhov Technique and desire to go deeper in rehearsing with the psychological gesture, these intensives are for you!
Because many actors are familiar with The Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov, we will use that play for our work. Participating actors are asked to come prepared for scene work by studying the play and developing their character.
When you sign up, please communicate your character preferences and we will determine selected scenes to get off book prior to the workshop so that our focus can leap to relationship and the beats of the scenes.
Contact us at to find out if your previous training and experience would make it possible for you to take this Intensive.
Workshop fee:  
$120 / $90 Studio Members* 
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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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