* First Year at the Michael Chekhov School!
The Michael Chekhov School has opened its doors in Hudson, NY, located two hours north of New York City. For our inaugural year a dedicated group of actors have joined the school to develop their skills and understanding in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique.
The Michael Chekhov School is an initiative of The Actors' Ensemble
and is led by three long-time practitioners of this work: Ted Pugh, Fern Sloan and Ragnar Freidank. All three teachers were featured in the Michael Chekhov Association's (MICHA) "Master Classes" DVD-series, published by Routledge. Fern and Ted's relationship to the Michael Chekhov work goes back to the
original New York Michael Chekhov Studio founded by Beatrice Straight.
Both Fern and Ted were on the faculty at that studio, which permanently closed its doors in 1990.
The Michael Chekhov School's program
meets in three sessions -spring, summer and fall- for a progressive journey through the complete legacy of Michael Chekhov's technique. Between sessions all participants resume their own individual work, informed by their time at the school - and in turn bring experiences of their own professional work back to the next working session.
We are very excited about this emerging model of learning as a way to integrate each participant's own professional life or studies with the journey at the school. On the right column below you can find a short video with reflections from our participants on the summer session. Also, below is a letter from one of our participating actresses, Gabriela Bonomo, which she wrote upon returning from the school to her work on a project.
We want to invite you to join our school's journey in spirit via this newsletter, by visiting video-updates on our
website or by checking in on the school via facebook.
As our first year is concluding, we are very excited to announce that the Michael Chekhov School is
* Now accepting Applications for 2016!
A group of up to 12 actors will have the opportunity to join for an immersive journey through the Michael Chekhov Technique, which will give participants a thorough practical understanding and confidence in this work.
We are looking to get word out on the Michael Chekhov School's existence - with the intention that actors, looking for such a way of training, will find the school.
We want to reach applicants
* for whom acting is a professional choice
* who are serious about their own craft and development
* who don't necessarily need to have worked professionally, but who have the intention of becoming a professional performer
* who already have some prior fundamental training in acting
* who are serious about committing to 9 intensive weeks in the Michael Chekhov Technique.
We welcome your interest or support, and we would love to hear from you with inquiries, thoughts or suggestions.
With best wishes,
Your Michael Chekhov School