On-Camera Classes with Ragnar in NYC
February, March & April, 2018
Explore ways to bring your own inner process to working in front of the camera.
In this workshop we will be working with processes inspired by Michael Chekhov’s acting approach. Engaging with the camera as a performative space, actors will have the opportunity to work with text, individually or with a partner. In addition to the hands-on learning experience you gain, each actor will leave the class with the raw footage of their own on-camera work.
Sunday, February 11th 2018, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, March 18th 2018, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, April 15th 2018, 1pm – 5pm
Sessions can be booked separately.
104 W 14th Street
(between 6 & 7 Ave)
Subway: 1/2/3, F/M, L, A/C/E, N/R/Q, 4/5/6
Preparation / Material
Bring two scenes you want to work with: one with a partner of the same gender, one with a partner of the opposite gender (we will chose one of the scenes to work with, based on the constellation of the ensemble of actors), plus a thumb-drive (minimum 16GB free storage) for your raw footage.
Each of the 3 classes can be booked separately. The tuition is $100 / session (4 hours). This fee includes the raw footage of your own work. All scenes are shot in 1080p HD, with quality audio (48K). Upon acceptance, a $30 deposit is required to hold your space. The remaining amount ($70) is due on the day of the workshop in cash, check or money order.
How to Apply
To apply, please send us a short message and we will contact you. If you have not worked with Ragnar before, please include a link to a sample of your acting work. Admission is on a rolling basis; each on-camera class is limited to 8 actors.
The On-Camera Workshop is taught by Ragnar Freidank, 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. (The film can be streamed online HERE for a nominal fee.) All scenes during the workshop will be filmed by Martin D. Anderson.
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)
About the film Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn, starring Joanna Merlin.
A conversation with Fern Sloan & Ragnar Freidank