Putting It On The Stage



JANUARY 6-26, 2020

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“If we really try to get the idea of the theatre as a social factor, we should forget ourselves on the stage and think, rather, of the many people there before us. But we are frightened before the audience: we cringe before the audience instead of asking ourselves what we can give our audience as part of our social life. This we can do if we realize that the audience is before us, and not we before the audience”. Michael Chekhov

The Course
This 3-week course is for actors with a working knowledge of the Michael Chekhov Technique who desire to bring this work into performance. Working with Ted Pugh, Fern Sloan and Ragnar Freidank, actors will have the opportunity to approach their material from multiple angles of this Technique and share it with the public in a performance-setting  at the end of the workshop.

Each participating actor will be asked bring up to ten minutes of material of any style or genre, which they desire to perform. This may include: an excerpt from a longer piece you are working on, devised material, poetry, song, dance, any style of drama or spoken-word performance, material for a short film, etc. It is important that these are allowed to be works-in-progress, so that the presence of an audience can inform the performers’ work. The course is limited to 12 actors.


When & Where
January 6 – 26, 2020 (3 weeks + 3 performances (last Friday – Sunday).
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.

Gabriela Bonomo, working with material for a film

Weeks 1 & 2: Daily sessions in open processes, working with Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique. With Ted, Fern, Ragnar & guest-faculty. Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm. 
Week 3: Work with one or more primary project-mentor(s) to create a shape for your performance-piece. With Ted, Fern & Ragnar; Scheduled sessions, including evenings.
Last Weekend: Sharing the pieces as part of a set of performances. Ensemble reflections & individual work between performances, scheduled  by arrangement.

Our core faculty includes Ted Pugh, Fern Sloan & Ragnar Freidank. Ted & Fern are bringing their experience of more than 40 years with the Michael Chekhov work to this course. Ragnar is an award-winning filmmaker and co-director of the acclaimed DVD series Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov TechniqueAdditional 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.

For the duration of the course affordable housing is available at Barry Butterfield’s B&B in Hudson, walking distance from our work-space. A limited number of shared and single rooms are available; please inquire for details. Alternatively, actors may wish to arrange their own housing through airbnb, etc. When booking your own accommodations, we recommend you choose a place within walking distance to 360 Warren Street in Hudson, NY.

How to Apply
Please use the form below to contact us for details about the admission process:

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

Gabriel Rodriguez is exploring “A Brief for the Defense” by Jack Gilbert.

Title Image photographed by Yuan-rong Liao @ the Michael Chekhov School.