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by Joanna Merlin, the last living direct student of Michael Chekhov’s & president of MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association:


To make an immersive training in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique available to actors & acting students, in a residency-setting at an affordable cost.

The collective resume of the school’s mentor-teachers include Broadway, film, television, major regional theaters, award-winning screenings at International Film Festivals as well as faculty assignments at major universities, including the Graduate Acting Program of NYU (Tisch) and the Graduate Acting Programs of  The New School for Drama and Columbia Universityʼs School of the Arts in New York City. Our core-faculty have collectively taught internationally in Canada, Ireland, England, Germany, Croatia, Russia, Switzerland, Japan, Holland, Romania, Italy and Australia. All our core-faculty are featured master teachers in the acclaimed DVD series “Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique”, produced by MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association.


At the Michael Chekhov Schoolhomepage_image

By Jessica Maynard from her time during the Spring Immersion (click to view)

Conversations with Actors

~Room For Fire

Phoebe Panaretos & Alex Gibson-Giorgio on performing, joy & interpreting Michael Chekhov

A Strange Medium

Ty Hungerford & Kate Udall are discussing technique, objectivity & the actor’s medium.

To Be a Discoverer

Grzegorz Łabuda & Jakub Margosiak on the actor as a seeker (Polish with English Subtitles)

Atuar – To Act!

Amparo de Gata & Gabriela Bonomo on the freedom to act (Portuguese with English subtitles)

Looking for Something

Daniela Sirkin & Salomé Krell on trusting the body, vulnerability & leading a creative life.

The Spirit of Things

Kathryn Doshi & Aoibheann Murphy contemplating spirit, acting & sharing the gift.

~Movement | Life

Pan-ke & Yuan-rong on Michael Chekhov & the soul of the East. (Chinese with English Subtitles)

~Path| Sense

Yuan-rong & Pan-ke on Ego, Embodiment of Spirits & ‘Higher Self’ (Chinese with English Subtitles)

Of Mind & Body

Bew Arjsamat & Som Patoompong on making art of mind & body. (Thai with English subtitles)


4 thoughts on “Home

  1. Fern, Ted, Ragnar, Joanna, Jessica: This is a wonderful development! I would love to be able to do the year around program, but can only do the summer. I have a very happy obstacle to participating in 2015 as well-I am getting married this summer, on July 4th no less. My goodness, I wish I could do both. In any case, way to go, count me in, eventually in some capacity if it works out.

  2. This is very exciting! Congratulations and I look forward to hearing more. I spent a lot of time on the website, reading and watching the videos. I’m so glad I did. On a personal note, I was deeply affected by watching the video on the history of the Actors Ensemble…In the 1970s I played opposite Charlie Harper, in my first professional NYC production. A gifted artist and generous, loving soul, he became a dear friend and sometime advisor until we lost touch. I did not know of the Chekhov connection. In hindsight it makes perfect sense.

  3. My response to this email announcement about the Chekhov school was tears of joy excitement
    Nostalgia … I was in the first class in NYC but wasn’t able to complete the course. I had attended a year of speech and drama with jerry Joseph’s at Emerson college England the previous year.
    I have not done much acting since as I was raising my son here in Woodstock . Now that he’s in college I decided to take an acting workshop with Trisha in Kingston
    And funny how one thing leads to the next, she forwards this email which I did not see in my inbox.
    This is just so timely I’m amazed
    And feel an instant commitment to the training
    I look forward to speeking with you all about this
    Fond memories
    Cornelia Logan

  4. Dear Fern, Ted and Ragnar,
    this is an amazing, generous and exciting opportunity you are offering to all of us out there! I so much would love to send someone over there to you (together with myself) but I don’t know how that would be possible. In any case, even the thought of it happening is inspiring and maybe I will find that seed of long ago in me for some action here where I am. much love and strength and thank you-s to you
    from Eszter Rostas

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