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 Studio Chicago celebrates 15 years

Chekhov Studio Chicago celebrates 15 years of training actors, directors, and theatre teachers in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. Originally called the Studio of the Moving Dock Theatre Company, we opened our doors in September 2003 at the Fine Arts Building in downtown Chicago. We changed our name to better reflect our mission to offer the Chekhov Technique in Chicago.







October 18-20, 2018

Wise Actor

Thursday and Friday 7-10 PM, Saturday 10-4 PM

“Our exercises, which are very simple, are giving to the body wisdom.”   Michael Chekhov

The first of our fall workshops focuses on discovering how to act with the unique instrument that is our body. More than ‘getting out of your head,’ acting with your wise actor body expands your intuitive, impulsive, sensing ability. Working with tools of the Chekhov Technique, we will find our acting choices in a way that brings the body and mind together as a harmonious whole. Actors will work with characters from material that interests them as well as create improvised scenes.

Taught by Dawn Arnold

New to our Studio? This is a good workshop for getting acquainted with the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique.



November 8-10, 2018
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Thursday and Friday 7-10 PM, Saturday 10-4 PM

“However new and unexpected your images may be, they are, after all, your own creations…”   Michael Chekhov


This workshop is a time to delve deeply into your character by means of your imagination. Working with Chekhov’s tools for characterization, we will envision and inhabit the character while exploring their world, their struggle, and all the aspects of their unique being. Bring a character you are preparing or that you have a desire to play and take a journey of the imagination.

Taught by Dawn Arnold



November 29-December 1, 2018 
Thursday and Friday 7-10 PM, Saturday 10-4 PM 

“We don’t have to dance, but we have to be full of music.”  Michael Chekhov

Let music move you! For actors and singing actors, this workshop is a guided exploration of how we can use music as a door to our feeling life and connect holistically to our expressive, actor body. Find the music in your acting and the acting in your music. Actors will work with material that interests them as we explore atmospheres and develop characters.

Taught by Dawn Arnold and Matthew Ellenwood


 Actors and theatre teachers new to Chekhov and those continuing their Chekhov journey can enjoy any of these workshops. 
Three Day Intensive Workshop fees:
$185 / $145 Studio Members*
*Studio Membership is $100 for a year of discounted fees.
Scroll down for how to Register.


Chekhov Technique Essentials

Twelve Week Course plus Studio Showcase
Check back with us about dates for our Winter Session
Act Truthfully, Transform Imaginatively
Begin your study of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique with the Essentials of the Chekhov Technique as found in Chekhov’s book, To The Actor.
- Study the dynamic principles for the actor
- Develop your instrument – body and voice
- Learn Chekhov’s creative, improvisational process
- Learn the tools of the technique including the Psychological Gesture

These essentials prepare the actor in mind and body to do their best work and enlarge their understanding of the art of the actor. Working with a play, actors will look at text analysis in an engaged way and develop dynamic characters. Selections of class work will be performed in the Studio Showcase at the end of the course.

All our continuing classes are built on this course.​ Returning students can take this class again to continue to work on these essential aspects of the art of the actor.



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 (by email, 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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