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December 2017 - Goodies from the Michael Chekhov School

* Tickle your Ears with a new Audio Treat
Conversations with actors, theater makers, teachers and artists about craft and inspiration - Listen to our newest podcast episode here & subscribe to the complete series on iTunes: 

*Craig Mathers, Bethany Caputo, Deb Keller:
"The nature of things"

*Joanna Merlin, Jobst Langhans:
"It was like a mystery"

*Jessica Cerullo: "Everything is but the door"

*Ted Pugh, Fern Sloan: "To never be finished"

*Danielle Carter: "The theater in my mind"

*Brent Carver: "So others can rest in it too"

* Tickle your Fancy with 15 Imaginary Classes
With a free class added each month.
December Class: Psychological Gesture

"They're fantastic and so insightful!  They really acknowledge the fact that there is a powerful energy that enters into a performance that's different from what happens during a rehearsal."
-Amanda Gates-Elston-

"Every single time I look at it I can not help but think that by this video somehow you are portraying the future. The sense of what future consciousness would taste like can be felt."
-Hyung Seok Jeon-

Belief in self
Belief in the current that surrounds us
    Thru which our gifts might speak
         That we may give them room to speak, to be, to inform us, warm us, and

-Deborah Keller-

UPCOMING OFFERINGS, January - May 2018
* 3-Week Intensive: "Diving Into the Deep"
January 8 - 27, with Ted, Fern, Ragnar + Joanna Merlin as guest. For actors with some prior training in the Michael Chekhov Technique. Enrolling now.
* Workshop in NYC: "Psychological Gesture"
Sunday, February 25, 2018 - with Ragnar
At the heart of Michael Chekhov's Technique, we will be looking at gesture as a way for the actor to follow his or her own process as it is showing up in the performance situation.
* 3 Classes in NYC: "Working On-Camera"
February 11, March 18, April 15 - with Ragnar
Explore ways to bring your own process to working in front of the camera. Work with text, individually & with partners + receive the footage of your own work in HD video & professional audio.
Spring Immersion 2018
* 5 Week Immersion CourseApril / May 2018
A  progressive journey through all elements of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. Now accepting applications. Please enquire for more information. We are looking forward to hearing from you!


Danielle Carter is working on her book about Fern Sloan and Ted Pugh's approach of teaching & working with Michael Chekhov's Technique, which they have been developing over the past 40 years: "What is 'it'? What is the invisible that we are working with here? How can it feed and transform the depth and scope of humanity that is in the work itself? What was it to really dig and pull back, layer after layer of what Chekhov could do, and was trying to find a language for?"  - Fern Sloan -
In this newsletter, you can listen to two new short videos and to one new podcast, featuring the Q&A-process used by the book-creators. If you have a particular field of interest, we welcome your questions; and you can send them to us HERE.

Painting of the above map of the Michael Chekhov Technique
by Valorie Kissel
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Psychological Gesture Workshop
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Ted is writing about the upcoming book:

"In the beginning of Michael Chekhov’s book To The Actor, he states, 'I need your help.' Chekhov asks of his readers their co-operation.

We have been working with and developing our approach to this work for close to 40 years.

Each creative theatre artist, in seriously delving into this unique body of work, will discover out of his/her own individual versatility, their own relationship to such things as: the use of image, character development, impulse, intention, objective—and of course that most important aspect of this work, the actors’ body and psychology.

In the last 20 to 25 years this generous wish of his has found its way to Europe, Great Britain, Australia, Brazil, and the United States.  There has developed a great variety of approaches to Chekhov’s
legacy.  It seems that the scope of this work itself makes a variety of approaches viable.

It is our hope, in making available our years of investigating and practice, that it might be of some future help to clarify, encourage, and perhaps even inspire those in pursuit of a better understanding of this legacy left to us by Michael Chekhov."

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