Diving into the Deep

Deepening the Michael Chekhov Technique


“When we are satisfied with being half-filled with the objective, half-radiating the atmosphere, half-guessing the gesture, we are on the wrong path because we are only half-creators, half-actors, we are half-strong or half-weak, and this is what we must overcome. That is the reason why we have our school; to get something to the fullest extent.”  Michael Chekhov (1938)

The Course
A progressive journey for the practitioner with some fundamental knowledge of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. DIVING INTO THE DEEP will build on your previous foundation and support your individual development and mastery of this work.

A Program for Actors
For those who already have some PREVIOUS TRAINING in the Michael Chekhov Technique. Prior training may include: participation in MICHA workshops, classes at a Michael Chekhov Studio or with a private teacher, workshops with Michael Chekhov Europe, previous work with the Michael Chekhov School, self-study (MICHA Master Classes  Video Series, Michael Chekhov Audio Tapes…) or similar training. If you question whether your particular background provides you with a sufficient foundation for this course, please contact us.

When & Where
January 8 – 27, 2018 in Hudson (NY), 2 hours from New York City.
Hudson is accessible by train (Amtrak); the closest airports are Albany (NY) and all NYC airports.

We are working 5 days per week, with optional rehearsals on the days off.

Course Description
We will build the specific content of this course around all participating actors. As part of your application process we invite you to express the area of the technique you feel you need to focus on to progress in this work. In addition, we will work every day on strengthening each actor’s foundation through seeking to incorporate the FULL BODY experience, the true depth of PSYCHO-PHYSICAL, the actuality of GESTURE and the experience of SENSATION.

“If one is intrigued by, finds joy in, and is dedicated to the concept of transformation, how does one actually go about realizing this transformation?  The ability to transform is not something one can take for granted.  One must hone the creative imagination and seek to find pathways into the physical/soul configuration necessary to enable it to respond to any and all suggestions which may present themselves.  Thus it is necessary for the actor/artist to seek with undying determination the ability to develop the fullness within of what the human being is capable of experiencing. Does this require a disciplined practice?” Fern Sloan

“The work of Michael Chekhov is not just a matter of knowing the exercises, but of experiencing them on a deeper level through repetition and practice, to own them, to imbue your actor’s nature and organism with content and capacities that can carry your abilities and talent into the realm of art. To have the tenacity and discipline required to make this work your own.” Ted Pugh

“There is a power in what we might feel is lacking. And when we feel that something is lacking there might be a pain that comes with that. It is understandable that we may want to fill the pain and talk the occurrence away from our heart. The suggestion I am making is to lean into the experience we are having. We may find that technique can be helpful in giving this experience a space in us. Instead of using technique for being “professional” and pushing our experience away, we are using technique to identify our experience and to work with it.” Ragnar Freidank

Ted Pugh, Fern Sloan and Ragnar Freidank. Additional faculty include the last living direct student of Michael Chekhov Joanna Merlin, plus other guests. All of our faculty are teachers for MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association. For more information on our faculty, please visit our ‘faculty’ page.


How to Apply
The course is limited to 12 actors. Please use the form below to contact us for details about the admission process. Enrollment is now closed.

We are offering accommodation within walking distance from the school. The cost for the duration of the course (arrival January 7, departure January 28) is: $300 (shared room) or $600 (single room). Availability is limited. Alternatively, participants might wish to arrange for their own housing in Hudson.

More Information
If you have additional questions; or you would like more information, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.