Atmosphere Workshop (NYC)

Atmosphere“This is a great power which we can use in our work. If we are able to create atmosphere, the atmosphere will create our performance… Then you will see that our performance will gain such convincing power as is felt with a disaster, or at a wedding, or a great event. It means that all our performances will be like real events through this atmosphere.” (Michael Chekhov)

Saturday June 30th, 2018,
12:00pm – 4:00pm (studio opens 11:45am)


230 Lexington Ave
Between 33rd & 34th St.
Subway: 6 Line. 10 min walk from: B, D ,F, M, N, Q, R, W, S,
4, 5, 7 
& Metro North. 15 min walk from: 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, LIRR

The Workshop
Wherever we are, each space has a particular feel, groove or vibe to it. “It’s good to be here.” – “I cannot wait to get out of here.” – “This too shall pass.”  The felt dimension of a place, space or event is not a thought or an idea – it is the feeling reality of what it means to be here. In this workshop we will see how Michael Chekhov’s notion of “atmosphere” can help us as performers to arrive in the NOW and to artistically transform the status quo.

Please bring a text that:
* you feel drawn to
* enchants or intimidates you
* is between 1-2 minutes in duration

The tuition is $80 (this includes a free audio download of an exercise on atmosphere after the workshop). Upon acceptance into the workshop, a $30 deposit is required to hold your space. The remaining amount ($50) is due on the day of the workshop. (*If you are unable to make the workshop, but wish to receive the audio-exercise only, please inquire.)

Ragnar Freidank has been on faculty at The New School’s Acting Program in NYC for the past 10 years. He is one of the featured teachers and co-director of the acclaimed DVD series Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique, produced by the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA). He directed the award-winning narrative film Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn, starring Joanna Merlin, executive producer Bob Balaban. You can read more on our faculty page.

How to Apply
To apply, please send us a short message and Ragnar will contact you. Class size is limited.

Ragnar is an artist, both as a teacher and as a director. He is on an impassioned and relentless search to discover ways of connecting the actor with his own resources.
(JOANNA MERLIN, Broadway, film, TV actress; author of ‘Auditioning, An Actor Friendly Guide’)
Being in a rehearsal hall or studio with Ragnar is a constant source of clarity and inspiration; it is a keenly observed exploration into the heart of the matter, or certainly somewhere in that vicinity. (BRENT CARVER, actor, Tony Award for ‘Kiss of the Spiderwoman’)
Ragnar is an incredibly generous, curious, and imaginative teacher, who knows how to help illuminate character and motivation and help you move forward as an actor.
(DIANE DAVIS, Broadway and television actress)
Through Ragnar, I found a freedom in my work that I didn’t know was possible. He has completely changed the way I see the craft and who I am in it, and I am the richer for it.
(MIKAELA MARTIN, actress, Australia)
His work, based on the brilliant explorations of Michael Chekhov, is very much his own. He is an excellent listener and willing collaborator and I cannot speak too highly of the man and the teacher.
(MICHAEL HOWARD, actor, director, acting teacher, founder of the ‘Michael Howard Studios’, NYC)

More Information
For additional information feel free to contact us.

Audio Session on Atmosphere [excerpt]