Michael Chekhov School News - Fall 2016
* Ted and Fern are writing a Book!
As a testimony of their life-long work with the Michael Chekhov Technique, this fall Fern Sloan and Ted Pugh are writing a book on their own approach to Michael Chekhov's work. The Book Project is an initiative of Danielle Carter, actress, participant at the Michael Chekhov School in 2015 & 2016 and author of the book "Racing Against Time" published by Currency Press, Australia. For the Book Project we can use your help! - If you have any questions about the technique which you would like to see addressed in the book, we invite you to send us your question here.
* A new Podcast!
Listen to a conversation between Danielle Carter, Gabriela Bonomo and Ragnar on Michael Chekhov, acting & the love for theater. Recorded following a one week residency of the Michael Chekhov School during MICHA's (Michael Chekhov Association) Summer Conference and Workshop at Connecticut College in New London. If you wish to receive our podcasts in the future, you can subscribe on iTunes.
* The Summer - Part 1
In June 2016 the Michael Chekhov School held a 4-week work session for a group of professional actors who had extensive working knowledge of the Michael Chekhov Technique. The group worked in the morning on training in the technique with Ted and Fern; and in the afternoon they worked with Ragnar on individual projects they had brought to this session. The projects consisted of diverse material ranging from poetry, story-telling and personal material to dramatic characters from Realism to Shakespeare and Greek Tragedy. The participating actors were Gabriela Bonomo, Bethany Caputo, Danielle Carter, Brent Carver, Anne Gottlieb, Deb Keller, John McManus, Craig Mathers, Joanna Merlin, Gabriel Rodriguez & Bernadette Wintsch-Heinen. Martin D. Anderson joined the group for the last week, for the school's residency at MICHA, as filmmaker & poet-in-residence: watch an individual session he filmed; and visit a compilation of his animated poems, created as reflections of the work.
* The Summer - Part 2
In July 2016 MICHA was invited under the leadership of Hugh O'Gorman to teach as part of the CSU SummerArts Program in Monterey, CA. The faculty included many teachers who have previously participated in the Michael Chekhov School: Jessica Cerullo, Ragnar Freidank, Camille Litalien, Craig Mathers, Séamus Maynard and Joanna Merlin. During 2 weeks the MICHA faculty worked with a diverse and amazing group of young actors. Our work with the Michael Chekhov Technique culminated in a piece based on William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream". It was devised using "Open Space Technology", team-directed and named by Joanna: "OCCUPY THE DREAM". One of the participants, José Hernandez, made a short film about the students' experience during these 2 weeks. You can watch it here.
* Looking ahead: Spaces are Open
for Michael Chekhov Spring Immersion
With our mission to make an immersive training in the Michael Chekhov Technique available to performers, acting students and theater professionals, we invite everyone interested to apply for our 5-week Immersion. This is an unique training opportunity for everyone looking to learn the Michael Chekhov Technique in depth in an immersive residency setting. Housing is available through the school. For inquiries please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.