Chekhov Studio Chicago Classes and Workshops

Training in Michael Chekhov Acting Technique

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Ongoing training in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique is taught in year round sessions of classes, weekend intensives, and special workshops.

“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

Click here – About Chekhov Studio Chicago’s Program

Classes are  taught by Dawn Arnold, Certified Michael Chekhov Teacher and Artistic Director of Moving Dock Theatre Company/Chekhov Studio Chicago.  







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Explorations in Michael Chekhov Acting Technique

Monologues – Finding the Life in the Solo Scene

Taught by Dawn Arnold

DA Online Class (1) Ten week class meeting once a week via Zoom

Mondays, October 4- Dec 6, 2021
7 PM – 9 PM CT US

Actors prepare and perform monologues on their own. Yet, when they perform, it must seem as though it is a living moment of a full play or film. Let’s welcome this challenge with the tools of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. Explore monologues in this ten week deep dive, developing your understanding of the character and the play, finding the action in the monologue, discovering the responsive, living moment.


The aim in this class is to develop active, truthful responsiveness in imagined circumstances with imagined partners. To facilitate this, we will practice with our ensemble members using Chekhov’s tools of gesture and sensation. Then we can play a dynamic, solo performance.

Choose monologues that will serve you in upcoming auditions and/or that fuel your imagination and creative impulses! Previous study of Chekhov Technique is required for this class.



Chekhov Essentials 

Build Your Chart of Inspired Acting

Taught by Dawn Arnold

Ten week class meeting once a week via Zoom

Mondays, October 4 – Dec 6, 2021
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM CT US
“By means of the suggested psychophysical exercises the actor can increase his inner strength, develop his abilities to radiate and receive, acquire a fine sense of form, enhance his feelings of freedom, ease, calm, and beauty, experience the significance of his inner being, and learn to see things and processes in their entirety.”   Michael Chekhov

Begin or renew your study of the Essentials of the Chekhov Technique as found in Chekhov’s book, To The Actor. Experience the ideas and tools of Chekhov’s approach to the art of the actor. Each week we will hone in on one of the tools of the Chekhov Technique, working improvisationally and with monologues, building your own Chart of Inspired Acting. 

Study the dynamic principles of the art of the actor

Develop your instrument – your wise actor body

Learn Chekhov’s creative process

Learn the tools of the technique including the Psychological Gesture

 MChekhov Chart Inspired Acting
Each ten week class fee:
$ 295/$ 265 with Studio Membership*
(*Studio Membership is $100 for a year of discounted fees.)
Installment payment available. 

 Sign up for Class

1) E-mail us at ChekhovStudioChicago Actors new to our Studio will interview by email. 2) You will be sent an invoice for the class fee (plus $5 processing fee) to process online.


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.


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 Facetime, Skype, or Zoom. 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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