Imaginary Classes with Ragnar

FREE ONLINE CLASSES for everyone wanting to learn more about Michael Chekhov’s Method. “In these classes, I am sharing with you my own understanding of what Michael Chekhov is speaking about. It is my hope that interacting with the sessions can be helpful to you and that you will develop your own way of working with the underlying principles. If in your own work & practice you are encountering particular challenges, feel free to reach out with your questions – they might inspire an imaginary class in the future.”   (Ragnar Freidank)

An Imaginary Sample Class


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Collection of Classes:
Overview“Imaginary Classes”
CLASS 01 There You Are“Technique & Inspiration”
CLASS 02 The Intangibles“Living Processes”
CLASS 03 There’s Someone at the Door“Imaginary Interference”
CLASS 04 What a Mess!“Life is always there”
CLASS 05 Marginalized Voices “Speak about me!”
CLASS 06 Battle of Images “Imaginary Conflict”
CLASS 07 I feel too much, give me a pill“Sensation”
CLASS 08 I don’t like it – I love it! – “Expanding / Contracting”
CLASS 09 Who ate the last cookie? “Ideal Center”
CLASS 10 Is there something strange going on? – “Atmosphere”
CLASS 11 Are you following me? – “Archetypes”
CLASS 12 Interlude – “Actor & Audience”
CLASS 13 My friends hated it – “Radiating & Receiving”
CLASS 14 Ever talking to yourself? – “Character”
CLASS 15 Why are you looking at me like this? “Psychological Gesture”
CLASS 16 Going Places “Imaginary Centers”
CLASS 17 The Other Olympics  “Qualities of Movement”
CLASS 18 Watch Me Act! – “Imaginary Body”
CLASS 19 Who’s talking when nobody is talking?– “The Pause”
CLASS 20 You are never alone – “Tempo”
CLASS 21 Showing up – “Radiating”

Cameraman Martin D. Anderson about his experience filming the classes:

“They’re fantastic and so insightful! They really acknowledge the fact that there is a powerful energy that enters into a performance that’s different from what happens during a rehearsal.”
-Amanda Gates-Elston-

“This video series is a wonderful expression of Michael Chekhov’s approach to acting. It’s alive, protean, at times hilarious and ultimately illuminating. I’m very proud of it. For those of you who’ve been in class with Ragnar, I think you’ll feel like you’re back in the room, at least in your, ahem, imagination…”
-Martin D. Anderson-

“Every single time I look at it I can not help but think that by this video somehow you are portraying the future. The sense of what future consciousness would taste like can be felt.”
-Hyung Seok Jeon-

Belief in self
Belief in the current that surrounds us
Thru which our gifts might speak
That we may give them room to speak, to be, to inform us, warm us, and
-Deborah Keller-

Additional Audio Exercises

As a companion to the Imaginary Classes you can download audio-exercises for a nominal fee. The exercise files are for actors who want to practice on their own, while being led through aspects of the Michael Chekhov Technique.

“For a solo performer struggling in the studio, Ragnar’s audio exercises help push me across the threshold into a creative and productive working session. His insightful instructions are clear while allowing for freedom of interpretation within a playful structure. Recommend highly!”  DREW THE DRAMATIC FOOL