The course will begin with daily warm-ups drawn from Michael Chekhov and Loyd Williamson techniques and continue with up-on-your-feet explorations of Chekhov tools and their integration with the style of the period. 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. Participants will rehearse with monologue partners, between scheduled class time.
Step-by-step, the course will touch upon all basic psychophysical tools and enter more deeply into Characterization using Centers, Imaginary Bodies, Thinking/Feeling/Willing, and Psychological Gesture. Michael Chekhov's core exercises will explore; Presence, Character Archetypes, Imaginary Centers, Imaginary body, Personal Atmospheres and Overall Scenic Atmospheres, Qualities of Movement, Radiating and Receiving, Imaginary Place, Archetypal and Psychological Gesture. Period Style Character. 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 pedagogy of this course offers the only
“Period Style-integrated Complete Chekhov System”.
Understand the creative principles of psycho-physical play, character transformation, including the application of Period Style, Character body and silhouette, emotional qualities and sensations, awakening the imagination.
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.
“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.
Quotes Michael Chekhov’s Students:
Marilyn Monroe “As Michael's pupil, I learned more than acting... Every time he spoke, the world seemed to become bigger and more exciting. Acting became important an art that increased your life and mind. Acting became more than a profession to me. It became sort of a religion.”
Gregory Peck “Michael Chekhov brings to the actor a far greater insight into himself and his character. He enables the actor to approach any role with new skill and ease."
"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
Who is this course for?
This course is for actors, teachers and directors who are new or familiar with Michael Chekhov technique and interested deepening their practice skills and to learn new tools and applications of the Chekhov technique for developing characters set accurately in the Chekhovian Period style.
QUOTE Rose Bruford Summer Student 2019
“Dalton’s sequential schematic flyover of all the tools, which included ‘Archetypal Gestures’, ‘Radiating and Receiving’, ‘Objectives’, ‘Tempo/Rhythm’, ‘The Four Brothers’, ‘Qualities and Sensations’ and ‘Focal Points’, provided a particularly rich context and edification for exploration of the ‘Psychological Gesture’.
“These elements proved constructive when incorporated with features of Period Style led by Orlandi using selected props and costumes to develop individual characterizations together with scene qualities, dynamics and dramaturgical arrangements. By the end of the week participants bravely strove to bring all the tools to bear on scenes from An Ideal Husband.”
~ Aiden Condron
Participant - Rose Bruford Michael Chekhov & Style Masterclass 2019
Published in Routladge Press: Theatre, Dance and Performance Training,
Lisa Dalton is President of the NMCA National Michael Chekhov Association. She is a master teacher of Michael Chekhov’s 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 of 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 and Murder Of Talent: How Pop Culture Is Killing “IT”.
is Artistic Director of, Actors Movement Studio NYC, Movement and Period Styles specialist, Certified Teacher designated Teacher
Trainer, Trained with Loyd Williamson in Williamson Physical Technique and Period Styles, Certified Teacher Michael Chekhov Technique. Trained with first-generation Chekhov Masters: Joanna Merlin, Mala Powers, Jack Colvin, Trained with founder Mary Overlie in The Six Viewpoints, Anne Bogart, Tina Landau and SITI Company, in Viewpoints & Suzuki. Trained in Rasaboxes, with founder Richard Schechner, Alba Emoting and LIMS Laban Fundamentals, Directing Wynn Handman Studios, Co-Producer USA training programs in Yat Malmgren Method of Character Analysis.
Janice is currently writing a 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 Art of Transformation,” Herbert Bergoff HB Studios, NYC. Former Adjunct Professor University of the Arts, School of Performing Arts PA, Mason Gross School of the Arts; Rutgers State University. Co-Artistic Director Giles Foreman Center for Acting USA, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. 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, Blue Stockings NYU, Grand Ball In the Bell Epoch Edwardian Salon, The Players, NYC, Movement Director “The Contrast”, Mirror Repertory Company, St Clements NYC, “An Ideal Husband” and “Tartuffe” Sonnet Repertory NYC. Directing credits include An Evening with Steven Crane Solo Show Manhattan Repertory, “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. “Garbo Dreams” at Red Room NYC
Her work as an educator, director, actress and movement coach has been seen internationally at Williamstown Theatre Festival, De Lindenberg Centrum Voor Kunst Culture Netherlands, Odense State School, Denmark, Ophelia Theatre School in Copenhagen, 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. Featured in Backstage and American Theater Magazine, Member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA.
Read 'Soul of the American Actor' a recent article by Janice Orlandi