The World of ‘HOW’: Sensation & Qualities

The World of ‘HOW’: Sensation & Qualities
Workshop with Ragnar in NYC

“We must appreciate the feelings more than ever before. It is natural for everyone to be ashamed, or be afraid of showing his feelings … but… a quiet psychological life is not for an artist…  I would have nothing to say to my audience, because nobody could penetrate into my heart and make disorder there.” Video with Fern Sloan, reading from unpublished material by Michael Chekhov (1937).

Saturday May 5th, 2018,
1:30pm – 5:30pm (studio opens 1:15pm)


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
In every aspect of his or her work, the actor is accompanied by a feeling experience, be it in meeting the text, receiving direction (or not), hearing criticism, performing in front of an audience (or the camera), etc. We might hide our feeling-responses from people around us, or even from ourselves. Michael Chekhov suggests that what comes to our feeling life as Sensation, is a doorway to our artistic nature. In this 4-hour workshop we will explore how following Sensation can bring inspiration to the performance situation.

Please bring a text that:
* you feel inspired or intimidated by
* you feel right or wrong for as an actor
* is between 1-2 minutes in duration

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

Audio Session on Sensation [excerpt]