The Performing Body

The Performing Body | “Imaginary Body”

December 2018 with Ragnar, NYC


“The body of an actor can be either his best friend, or his worst enemy.”
(Michael Chekhov, quoting Marcus Aurelius in TO THE ACTOR, 1942)

Saturday December 8, 2018
12:00pm – 4:00pm (studio opens at 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
“There are no purely physical exercises in our method, since they would be useless for us whose aim is … to make the body more and more sensitive in its ability to receive our inner impulses, and to convey them expressively to the audience…. All our exercises, therefore, are at the same time psychological ones.” (Michael Chekhov “To the Actor”, 1942)

Please bring a text that:
* you genuinely like, or
* you genuinely dislike &
* is 1-2 minutes in duration.

The tuition is $80 (this includes a free audio download of an exercise* 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)
Ragnar’s 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 Exercise on Imagination | Sustaining [excerpt]


Title Image: Grzegorz Łabuda & Jonathan Hyland – Photography by Yuan-rong Liao Anderson