Concentration | “Inner Activity”

NYC-Workshop with Ragnar, March 2019

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“You may have a group of geniuses, but if they have no concentration,
their talent will be lost.”  
(Michael Chekhov, April 8, 1936)

Sunday March 24, 2019
12:00pm – 4:00pm (studio opens at 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
Working with our natural capacities to “focus” and to be “distracted”, we will follow the  movement of our attention. This will lead us to inner processes, which can develop our “invisible” activity to concentrate –  as a powerful ability for the performer. “Concentration is nearness—contact with a person, an object, or an idea”. (Michael Chekhov)

Please bring a text that you almost know by heart, and which is:
* easy for you to remember, or
* difficult for you to remember &
* between 1-2 minutes in duration.

The tuition is $80 (this includes a free audio download of an exercise* 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)
Ragnar’s 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 Exercise on Imaginary Centers [excerpt] 


Title Image: Jakub Margosiak, Photo by Yuan-rong Liao Anderson