The Edge between Performer & the Part
Workshop in NYC, Sunday July 22, 2018

Character Image Merle

“Characterizations must be intuitive creations.” Michael Chekhov

Sunday July 22, 2018,
12:00pm – 4:00pm

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520 Eight Ave, Suite 310
Between 36th & 37th St.
Close to Subways, Penn Station, Port Authority.


The Workshop
The moment we step in front of  any group of people who are watching us, we have entered the theater situation. At moments we may feel supported by the energy of being watched, at other times we may feel challenged by it. We can realize that the performer is always ALTERED by the presence of any spectator or audience. In this workshop we will explore how the actor can find his or her CHARACTER-PART through the performance situation itself.

Please bring a text that:
* you find meaningful or feel inspired by
* you would like to play as an actor
* is between 1-2 minutes in duration

The tuition is $80 (this includes a free audio download of an exercise on “characterization” 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 Characterization [excerpt]