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Michael Chekhov School News, March 2017 Offerings in Time & Space & Imagination

A Master Teacher's Book
The Actor Uncovered / Michael Howard
After more than 70 (!) years as a professional actor, director, and teacher, Michael Howard has written a book! When Ted Pugh was a young actor, Michael Howard was his acting teacher. Also, Ragnar taught for several years at Michael's own studio in NYC. Order this important and  highly recommended book on the art of acting HERE.

Imaginary Classes
New Video Classes / Ragnar
Ragnar has been haunted by an image urging him to make classes for imaginary actors. With the help of Martin D. Anderson (camera), Camille Litalien, Valorie Kissel, Travis Morris (crew) & Hyung Seok Jeon (edit) the imaginary classes have now become reality. For whom are those classes? Who knows? Maybe they are for you! Join for free & watch them HERE. Or simply imagine them!

Newest Podcast Episode
Joanna Merlin (NYC) & Jobst Langhans (Berlin)
Joanna Merlin, president of MICHA (the Michael Chekhov Association) is the last living direct student of Michael Chekhov. Jobst Langhans is the artistic director of the Michael Tschechow Studio Berlin and co-organizer of the first (ever!) Michael Chekhov Conference -after the fall of the Berlin wall- in 1992. Ted and Fern taught at that conference and coincidentally Ragnar participated as a young actor; and this is where the three of them met and a long and fruitful collaboration began. This podcast is a rare conversation, touching on the journey of Michael Chekhov’s work & its pioneers in Russia, Europe & America. Listen HERE or subscribe on iTunes.
March 11 & 12
Spirit of the Mask / Pratik Motwani
Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan
An investigation of Mask Performance Technique & the work of the Physical / Transformative Actor. More information / Sign Up HERE.

April 21 - May 12
Scene Study Class in NYC / Ragnar
Working on scenes and processes, featuring different elements of Michael Chekhov’s acting approach. More information HERE.

April 18 - May 25
Five-Week Immersion Program
A progressive journey through all elements of the Michael Chekhov Technique. Enrollment is now closed. Read about the course HERE.

June 10 & 11
The Actor's Dilemma / Ted Pugh, Bethany Caputo
Michael Chekhov Technique & exploring how to navigate un-actable directions and finding a way to actable choices. More info HERE.

September 11 - 23
Advanced Course / Michael Chekhov Technique
For practitioners who already have fundamental knowledge of the Michael Chekhov Technique. For more information, click HERE.
Hudson River Photo by Ragnar
Jobst Langhans & Joanna Merlin in NYC, January 2017

"I WANT TO ACT" -  by Michael Chekhov
'We all came to this school, as students having a certain life inside of us which we call, “I want to act.” Everyone knows this because without it there is no way to the school or to the theatre. There is a point which you come to which says, “I want to act.” ...
I suggest you say to yourself first, “I am an actor. What have I to act?” I choose this or that scene, and I start to act it as an amateur, as a child, as a genius.Then when I am going to rehearse it in my imagination, I will first say to myself, “I will never give in with my desire to act, with my feeling that I am an actor.” Then I will take the psychological gesture and apply it carefully. Does it help me or not? Take it quietly, without any fear, and apply it to your soul. When you feel that it does no good, push it aside—the gesture, not yourself. Kill the Method, but not yourself! You will then find the Method, because the whole idea of the Method is to help, and not to hinder.'

Michael Chekhov, October 3, 1938. Excerpt from MICHA's upcoming expanded book "Michael Chekhov: Lessons for Teachers", currently out of print.  Support MICHA in the making of this book HERE.

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