The Hidden River – “Continuous Acting”
Workshop in NYC, Sunday August 12, 2018

“Don’t be afraid of mistakes – there are none” –Miles Davis
“What we play is life” Louis Armstrong

Sunday August 12th, 2018
2:30pm – 6:30pm (studio opens at 2:15pm)


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
When we step in front of people who watch us, we can become aware of an inner stream of experiences moving through us. These might appear random or even unpleasant to us. They can come to us in form of thoughts, imaginations, sensations,… –  and are running as a hidden parallel undercurrent  alongside the “job” of acting or presenting. What will happen when we admit this inner current into our work on stage or in front of the camera? – In bringing our inner journey to our acting, we may sense why Michael Chekhov characterized acting as “an unbroken chain of inner events”.

Please bring a text that
* you genuinely like; it can be:
* a monologue, a poem, or a story,
* between 1-2 minutes in duration.

The tuition is $80 (this includes a free audio download of an exercise on “curved & straight lines” 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 Session on Curved & Straight Lines [excerpt]