* Images from our Fall Session
We are grateful for having completed our final session this year, which concluded the school's inaugural season! Joanna Merlin - colleague, dear friend and supporter of the school, joined us this fall and graciously offered an extensive Auditioning for the Camera class, applying Michael Chekhov's technique. Joanna (see video) is the last living student of Michael Chekhov's who is still teaching, president of the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA) and author of "Auditioning, An Actor-Friendly Guide".
In one of Ragnar's classes (see video) we worked with meeting the performer's inner artistic process in front of the camera; and working with Atmosphere was introduced into our exploration, which is one aspect unique to the Michael Chekhov technique. Michael Chekhov calls it the soul of the theater and goes on to say: 'The arts and the theater in particular, will slowly approach death if the atmospheres cease to radiate through their creations. The great mission of the actor as well as the director and the playwright is to save the soul of the theater and with it the future of our profession.'
* Summer 2016 - School's last week at MICHA
For the upcoming year, we are extremely pleased to announce that the Michael Chekhov School's Summer Session's last week will be in residence at MICHA during the 2016 International Workshop and Conference in New London, CT. We are excited that our participating actors will have the opportunity to work with other MICHA teachers as well as participate at MICHA's Theater of the Future Open Space. We are thrilled at this collaboration with our friends and colleagues at MICHA and are looking forward to a unique and artistic summer!
* Why and what is psycho-physical?
'Why is working with the physical organism, looking for the result of emotion or sensation or feeling every bit as viable as working solely with our emotions and memories? The method people say: you must use yourself, the Chekhov work is too external. But finding expanding and contracting in myself, is myself, not an external trick of technique. But I look for and find how I expanded when joy visited me that day in autumn, how I contracted when I was approached with someone's anger. We focus not on our mother's death, but on our human capacity to expand and contract - and with it follows joy and sadness. This is the essence and purpose of psycho-physical'. Ted Pugh (see video)
* Now accepting Applications
We are now accepting applications for the upcoming year at the Michael Chekhov School for an immersive exploration of Michael Chekhov's legacy. Application Deadline: December 31st, 2015. Inquiries welcome year round.