Michael Chekhov Summer Masterclass

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About this course


5 days

Term Start

Monday 13 July to Friday 17 July 2020

Explore Michael Chekhov's psycho-physical approach to acting and Characterization with Period Style, through the physical practice of the core principles and exercises. Discover how to apply this technique as revealed in Chekhov’s "Chart of Inspired Acting" outlined in his book 'On the Technique of Acting'.

The pedagogy of this course offers the only “Period Style-integrated Complete Chekhov System” globally. Understand the creative principles of psycho-physicalplay, character transformation, including application of Period Style, Character body and silhouette, emotional qualities and sensations, awakening the imagination and ensemble improvisation. Each class begins with a warm-up specifically designed to develop the organic connection between the actor's inner life, creative imagination and expressive body. This course offers syllabus development and is a prerequisite for Teacher Certification Level 1.

Why choose this course?

“You have to teach yourself to act but Michael Chekhov can give you the tools – and for me, Psychological Gesture and Centers are extremely valuable... They work like a charm. I’ve used them all along and still do.” 
​Clint Eastwood, Actor/Director/Producer

Fee and Application Information

How to Apply

Course cost:
£575 early bird (ends Monday 13 April) or £650 full fee

£300 for 7 night booking (Sunday 12 – Saturday 18 July)

Terms and Conditions

  • The College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or cancel any course. If the College cancels a course you have booked onto your fee will be fully refunded;
  • All courses are subject to a minimum number of students and will not be guaranteed until this number is reached;
  • The College reserves the right to refuse admission on to any of our programmes;
  • It is strongly recommended that all students insure themselves to cover the loss of fees or travel costs in the event of cancellation, illness or travel problems, for which the College cannot accept any liability;
  • Fees are non-returnable once a student has started the course;
  • All fees must be paid in full prior to the start of the course;
  • Full fees will be refunded for cancellations within two weeks of booking;
  • In the event of a cancellation after two weeks from the booking date, a sum of £100 will be retained to cover administration costs;
  • The College does not offer deferments for courses not attended.

Course content

Michael Chekhov's core exercises will explore; Presence, Character Archetypes, Imaginary Centers, Imaginary body, Character Atmospheres, Period Style Character and Overall Scenic Atmospheres, Qualities of Movement, Radiating and Receiving, Imaginary Place, Archetypal and Psychological Gesture, on Stage and with camera adjustment tips. Chekhov's technique consists of a wide variety of effective acting tools, which can inspire endless possibilities for enlarging the actor's creativity and artistic expression - the actor can then bring this sensibility to the creation of a character, exploration of the text, and inspired performance, awaken the actor’s artistic imagination, and expand the actor’s capacity for Transformation.

Lessons are taught to inspire and train actors, directors and teachers.

“You can be sure that any newly acquired abilities in all types of performances will reveal themselves in many unforeseen ways and moments in your professional work. For as soon as you develop them within you, they themselves will find expression through the labyrinthian corridors of your creative spirit.” Michael Chekhov

Michael Chekhov (1891 – 1955)

Michael Chekhov was a world-renowned early 20th century Russian actor and Director, nephew of the famous playwright Anton Chekhov. He was known for being a true chameleon actor, mesmerizing audiences by making consistently bold choices and disappearing into fully fleshed-out, astoundingly unique characters. Chekhov was openly praised by Konstantin Stanislavsky as his most brilliant student and was highly respected by Group Theatre luminaries such as Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, and Harold Clurman. He was the acting coach for many Hollywood stars of his day; Anthony Quinn, Jack Palance, Gary Cooper, Patricia Neal, Gregory Peck, Marilyn Monroe, Beatrice Straight, Lloyd Bridges, James Dean, Clint Eastwood, Elia Kazan, Yul Brynner, Mala Powers, and the technique he developed has inspired many actors currently working today; Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Depp, just to mention a few. Michael Chekhov Technique is applicable to both film and stage work.

Course Directors

Lisa Dalton is President of the NMCA National Michael Chekhov Association. She is a master teacher of Michael Chekhov¹s acting technique and a noted documentarian and author of The Michael Chekhov Playbook. She is the co-producer of From Russia to Hollywood, the award winning documentary and contributed about one third of the footage for Michael Chekhov: The Dartington Years and Anthony Quinn’s Life and Encounters with Michael Chekhov.

Since 1994, Lisa Dalton has been on the Faculty of the Chekhov Theatre Institute, co-created with Mala Powers, Chekhov Estate Executrix, training acting teachers and professional actors through the longest running Chekhov Intensive worldwide, offering Teacher Training Certification and Directing and Acting Certification. Lisa was the Creator/Artistic Director of the first two International Michael Chekhov Workshops in the United States at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut.

As a student of the Chekhov technique since 1980, Lisa studied with first generation Chekhov teachers: Beatrice Straight, Deirdre Hurst du Prey, Hurd Hatfield, Eddy Grove, Joanna Merlin, Mala Powers, George Shdanoff, Jack Colvin, Felicity Mason, Eleanor Faison, and Ford Rainey. Lisa has developed applications of Michael Chekhov’s theories for stage and film directing, for artistic promotion, for on-camera acting in various forms comedy, auditioning for film and television. She taught at the American Film Institute Screen Actors Guild Conservatory in Hollywood CA and from 1988-2006. She has continued to offer workshops with the SAG/AFTRA and Professional Actor Training Programs.

Lisa is currently writing and publishing materials on applications of and further developments of Michael Chekhov¹s technique. Lisa has taught in London, Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Moscow, Mexico, Africa and the Caribbean. Her Amazon best-seller books include Falling For The Stars: A Stunt Gal’s Tattletales andMurder Of Talent: How Pop Culture Is Killing “IT”.

Janice Orlandi is the Artistic Director, Actors Movement Studio NYC, a movement and period style specialist and a certified teacher of Williamson Technique and Michael Chekhov Technique. She trained extensively in Viewpoints, Suzuki and Composition with Ann Bogart, Tina Landau and SITI Company, rasaboxes ™ and Alba Emoting.

Janice is currently writing book on physical technique for the actor and cross training: The Art Of Transformation - Crossing Pedagogy.

Janice is a Professor of Period Style at Atlantic Theatre NYU TISCH, Teaches Michael Chekhov and Movement For Actors “The Arts of Transformation,” Herbert Bergoff HB Studios, NYC. Former Adjunct Professor University of the Arts, School of Performing Arts PA. Movement Director & Period Style Choreographer for: “The Other Mozart” London St James Theatre, Here Arts Festival NYC, NY Times Review “Riveting” Cherry Lane Theatre Solo Festival, Period Movement for Red Velvet, Lantern Theater Philadelphia,. Directing credits include: “Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies” (Five Stars at Edinburgh Fringe Festival), St. James Theatre Studio London UK;Theater Row, Laurie Beechman, 59E59 Theater in NYC.

Her work as an educator, director, actress and movement coach has been seen at Williamstown Theatre Festival, De Lindenberg Centrum Voor KunstCulture Netherlands, Odense State School, Denmark, Princeton Repertory Shakespeare Festival, CSC Classic Stage Company, Circle Rep lab and many others. Co-Artistic Director of Echo Repertory, She is a founding Member of Expanded Arts Theater & Shakespeare in the Parking Lot NYC.

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