NYC Imagination Workshop

Workshop in NYC with Ragnar
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Photo by Eddie Marritz

March 31, 2018
12pm – 4pm (studio opens 11:45pm)


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
Creative Imagination is the foundation of Michael Chekhov’s technique for the actor. This 4-hour workshop introduces ways to acknowledge imaginary processes that accompany all creative work. What we imagine can at times either help or hinder us. In this workshop we will explore ways to collaborate with our own imaginations and cultivate imaginary occurrences into gifts available to us in the performance situation.

Bring a character from a piece of dramatic literature, who
* you feel drawn to, or haunted by as an actor
* you either have not performed yet, or were unsatisfied with
* you are interested in performing, or hope to never be cast in
Or you can bring the absence of a character, which might include
* a sense of emptiness, like something is lost or forgotten
* a longing, that feels like someone is calling from too far away
* a confusion, as if something is disorienting or making no sense

The tuition is $80 (this includes a free audio download of an exercise on imagination 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.

Imaginary Audio Session [excerpt]