Michael Chekhov Technique Summer Masterclass Course

  • Michael Chekhov Technique Summer Masterclass Course
  • Michael Chekhov Technique Summer Masterclass Course
  • Michael Chekhov Technique Summer Masterclass Course
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About this course


5 days

Term Start

Monday 8 July to Friday 12 July 2019

Entry Requirements

Applications are welcome from those aged 18+. Candidates will actively enjoy all aspects of practical drama work, be motivated, and enthusiastically embrace intensive work and rehearsal.

Explore Creating a Character in Period Style with Michael Chekhov's psycho-physical approach to acting, 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.
This “Complete System” offers both integration and application to Stanislavski. Understand the creative principles of psycho-physical play, 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.
“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

Please click on the 'Book Now' link below to pay via our online store. If you have any questions about the course, please email summer@bruford.ac.uk.

Course fees:

Full Fee                                              
£625 (paid in full by 1 June 2019)

Deposit: £100
We encourage payment in full in advance. Places can be reserved by payment of a deposit of £100. To take advantage of early bird rates, payment must be made in full before 30 April 2019, and in all cases the full balance must be paid before 1 June 2019. If you would like to take advantage of this option, please proceed to ‘Book now’ and when you reach the payment options, please enter £100 as the amount you are paying.

Accommodation (if required)            
£300 (7 night reservation)

Cost includes en-suite rooms, free Wi-Fi and lunch vouchers to use on campus. 

Rose Bruford College Alumni Discounts
Alumni of Rose Bruford College undergraduate and postgraduate courses are entitled to a 5% discount on the full fee. Please contact us for further information


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 minimum numbers of students and will be confirmed once 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 cancelation, 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 by 1 June 2019;
  • Full fees will be refunded for cancellations within two weeks of booking;
  • After two weeks from the boking date, in the event of a cancellation a sum of £100 will be retained to cover administration costs;
  • After 1 June 2019 a cancellation will result in the forfeiture of the entire fee paid

Course content

Michael Chekhov's core exercises will explore; Presence, Character Archetypes, Imaginary Centers, Imaginary body, Character Atmospheres, Style and Period Style Character and Overall Scenic Atmospheres, Qualities of Movement, Radiating and Receiving, Imaginary Place, Archetypal and Psychological Gesture, on Stage and camera adjustments and more... Chekhov's technique consists of a wide variety 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 expands the actor’s capacity for Transformation.

Lessons are taught to inspire and train teaching candidates, directors and performers.

“When you really concentrate, you will get a sense of expansion. You will feel that you are larger person than you are physically, as if you become a person two or three sizes bigger than your ordinary physical self, and that you are flowing with all your being toward the object of your concentration. Whether it is a physical thing or an image that you are concentrating on, your whole invisible person will be in movement.” 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.  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 Teacher Training 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 and Jack Colvin. 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 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 was one of three teachers selected worldwide and the only English-speaking teacher on the Faculty of the International Symposium Workshop at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Lisa is the author of Michael Chekhov Technique Playbook, on new innovative applications and developments of Michael Chekhov¹s technique. Lisa was one of three teachers selected worldwide and the only English-speaking teacher on the Faculty of the International Symposium Workshop at the Sorbonne in Paris.

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.  She is currently undergoing certification in 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 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 Kunst Culture 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.

Related Information

Accommodation cost includes en-suite rooms, free Wi-Fi and lunch vouchers to use on campus.