Chekhov Studio Chicago Classes and Workshops

Training in Michael Chekhov Acting Technique

ChekhovStudioChicago 1   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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Are you feeling ready to meet? Let’s try it.

We can toss the ball! We can expand! We can move freely! Dawn Arnold will teach Chekhov in the Park this summer.

We will work with Michael Chekhov Acting Technique Essentials, so it will be a real class! We will take in the feeling of beauty in a new way, awaken our senses, our feeling of form, and directions in space. We will reconnect to the idea of giving and receiving.

What is comfortable for you? Let’s acknowledge care for others in wearing masks unless far enough distance between bodies to let them down.

This will be a Drop-In class, contingent on weather. We will meet in Lincoln Park outside the North Pond Restaurant, a bit north of the Nature Museum. This link will help you figure it out:

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Each class we will find our special place to be. The amenities are what they are – Port-o-potties across the way by the Diversey Harbor. (Do not expect to ask at the restaurant.) Bring your water bottle, be ready with layers, sunglasses, sunscreen for your nose, etc.

Sign up by email:  ChekhovStudioChicago   to say you plan to attend and indicate which days you are coming. That way, if we have to call off for weather, we know who to contact.

Fee: $20 each class or pay-what-you-can. (If you can pay, it helps the Studio.) You can pay the day of the class. If you would rather, pay for a few classes at once ahead.

Go to our payment link on this page:

Looking forward to seeing you there!



Let’s keep moving… with ease…keep radiating…

Let’s continue to connect online, working on our art in our home studios with our supportive, global colleagues.

Let’s be with our artistic selves in a vital, creative way, exploring our art privately in preparation for giving our art in performance.

Screen Shot 2020-05-04 at 10.51.34 PMThis was the beginning of Chekhov Studio Chicago Online! One year ago – last April and May – we invited actors from all over the world to join us as we gathered online to explore how our artistic practice could also be a holistic practice – Chekhov during difficult times. Check out some of the sessions on Vimeo:

Chekhov Studio Online Classes

Summer 2021

Summer Online 1


Taught by Dawn Arnold

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

Mondays, June 28 – July 19, 2021
Two time options:
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM CDT US
7 PM – 9 PM CDT US

The gem of the Chekhov approach to acting, the Psychological Gesture, teaches us a new way to know and to speak.  This four week exploration of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique will connect you to your expressive self in new, deeper ways, teaching you a language that is natural to you. Discover how to access this language and develop skill in working with it. Learning to speak this language of gesture will advance your acting, enabling you to connect and perform dynamically. New to Chekhov? This will be an especially good introduction. Continuing your Chekhov Journey? Renew and refocus. 

Summer Online 2


Taught by Dawn Arnold

Four week class meeting once a week via Zoom

Mondays, July 26 – Aug 16, 2021
Two time options:
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM CDT US
7 PM – 9 PM CDT US

Continuing to work with Psychological Gesture, bringing this way of knowing and speaking, radiating and receiving, into play. This four week exploration of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique will explore the language of gesture, working with text, some improvisations, and small scenes to see how we can speak with our whole being. A continuation of the work in the Language of Gesture class. Join this class if you have had some introduction to Psychological Gesture.

Each four week class fee:
$ 120/$ 100 with Studio Membership*
Discounted fee for signing up for both classes (eight weeks):
$200/$ 160 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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