The Soul of the Theater


“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)

Weekend: February 15 &, 16, 2020
Saturday 11am – 6pm / Sunday 10am -5pm

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Boston Center for the Arts
Artist Studios Building,
Studio 204, 551 Tremont St.
Boston, MA

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 moment.

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

The tuition is $240 (12 hours). Upon acceptance into the workshop, a $40 deposit is required to hold your space. The remaining amount ($200) is due on the day of the workshop. Class size is limited.

CRAIG MATHERS is an actor who has been working on stage, film and television. He studied acting with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and is a graduate of Yale Drama School where he studied acting under Earle Gister. Craig is a designated Linklater teacher and an associate professor of Performing Arts at Emerson College. You can read more on our faculty page.
RAGNAR FREIDANK has been on faculty at The New School’s Acting Program in NYC for the past 12 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.

Enrollment for this workshop is open. To confirm you place, you will be asked to pay a $50 deposit; your deposit reserves your spot and will be applied towards your tuition.

Complete Your Enrollment HERE

If you have additional questions about this program, please contact us, using this form.

Audio-Session on”Atmosphere” with Ragnar (excerpt).

 Part of a collection of audio-exercises in the Michael Chekhov Work.
For more information on sessions available for audio-downloads, click HERE.