A PRACTICAL IMMERSION in the Michael Chekhov Technique
April 14 – May 20, 2018 FIVE-WEEK COURSE
“Don’t think that when you are acting in New York you don’t influence the whole world; you do. When you are acting badly, you don’t influence anyone, but if you do something really significant, then you influence the whole world … – Perhaps it may seem exaggerated to you now, but if you will ponder on it, you will see that it is so…. The reason for this talk was that I want you to realize and make concrete the idea of our school, to work for it and for the whole human culture.” M. Chekhov, August 30, 1939
A 5-week full-time Immersion as a progressive journey through all elements of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique so that you can become thoroughly skilled in this work.
A Program for Actors
* who have some prior fundamental training in acting and want to dedicate 5 weeks to practically learn the Michael Chekhov Technique
* who are serious about their own own craft and development.
* You don’t have to already work professionally, but you need to have the intention of becoming a performer
When & Where
Arrival days: April 14 / 15; departure days: May 19 / 20, 2018 (subject to change).
The Michael Chekhov School is located in the historic City of Hudson (NY), two hours from New York City. Hudson is accessible by train (Amtrak); the closest airports are Albany (NY) and all NYC airports.
* Transforming the Instrument: qualities of movement, sensation, four brothers (ease, form, beauty, sense of the whole), staccato-legato, expanding-contracting, radiating-receiving
* Characterization: imaginary body, imaginary centers, psychological gesture, archetypes, archetypal gesture, concentration & imagination, three sisters (falling, floating, balancing)
* Collaboration & Ensemble: objective atmosphere, individual atmosphere, play
* Presence / Performance Situation: ideal center, improvisation, work with text
By the end you will have synthesized all elements we have been working on throughout the 5-week course.
Ted Pugh, Fern Sloan and Ragnar Freidank. Additional faculty include the last living direct student of Michael Chekhov Joanna Merlin, plus guests. All of our faculty are teachers for MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association. For more information on our faculty, please visit our ‘faculty’ page.
The tuition is $3500. This amount includes one prepared communal meal per work-day. Individual payment plans can be arranged upon request.
How to Apply
The course is limited to 12 actors. If you are interested in this program, please use the form below to contact us for details about the admission process.
We are offering very affordable housing in shared rooms in a beautiful, spacious house in close vicinity to Hudson. Advance notice is necessary to secure housing. The fee for all 5 weeks is $500. Please inquire for details. Alternatively, participants might wish to arrange for their own housing in Hudson.
We are offering limited work-study places, which can cover your housing costs while you are at the school. Please inquire for details.
If you have additional questions; or you would like more information, please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.
Actors reflecting on their experience during the Immersion Course