THE ART OF THE ACTOR
PROFESSIONAL ACTOR's TRAINING PROGRAM IN THE CHEKHOV TECHNIQUE
A Professional Actor's Training program in The Michael Chekhov Technique with Lenard Petit, and other Master Teachers from the international Michael Chekhov Community.
NEXT COURSE RUNS: Spring 2018
February 19 to March 29 (Technique & Clown)
April 1 to May 9 (Rehersal & Performance Skills)
12 weeks (two 6 week intensives)
Monday - Wednesday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
The cost: $4,220.00/ $2,110 per 6 week intensive (payment plans available)
A copy of The Michael Chekhov Handbook For the Actor by Lenard Petit is included in the cost of tuition.
TEACHING METHOD/ Three Points of Focus
The Physical Instrument
This course is a psycho-physical approach to acting based on the artistic principles left to us by Michael Chekhov. The work is imaginative rather than personal, physical rather than intellectual. The technique was developed as a way for actors to access universal and archetypal human conditions. We work with energy, we are creative, expressive and positive. All the necessary elements for an inspired performance are already living within the artist and only need awakening through concentration on the body and the myriad adjustmemts the body makes as it confronts a life.
1. To experience a living awareness of the human body as an expressive instrument, paying particular attention to its relationship to space and the directions in which we move through the space.
2. To realize that movement is essential to the appearance of life. Life on stage can only be expressed through the body. An expressive body is an absolute prerequisite to a good performance.
3. To understand that acting is making art, and that all principles of artistic creation such as form, rhythm, tempo, contrast, objectivity, and imagination are necessary for the work of the actor.
4. To develop a critical eye for acting and a vocabulary to speak about it that goes beyond merely liking or disliking it. This appreciation of the art of acting is intended to be useful as a way to objectively evaluate one’s own work.
Michael Chekhov's tools of characterization: Archetype, Imaginary Center, Personal Atmosphere, Imaginary Body, and Psychological Gesture. They allow the actor to realize who is playing the action, and how it should be played. These are independent yet interrelated tools of the rehearsal process.
1.To experience Thinking, Feeling, and Willing as 3 distinct functions that make up a human life. Each of these functions can becomes a foundation for the transformation into character.
2. To pick up clues in the text that will lead to active character choices.
3. To accept that transformation is the subordination of the actor’s ego to the ego of the character.
Appliction of the the technique is achieved in the rehearsal. The ensemble engages their working knowledge through a playful rehearsal process, fixing the approach to the performance. The performance is played before an audience.
1. To offer actors various perspectives on approaching their work in artistic and objective ways.
2. To understand the world of feeling as sensation and movement.
3. To experience Giving and Receiving as two distinct activities.
4. To encourage and enhance a sense of play in performance.
5. To accept and experience that the performer is at once both actor and character.
Accepting applications now for Spring 2018
A deposit of $260 must accompany your Application. Once you are accepted into the program the fee becomes non-refundable and will be credited towards your tuition. If you are not accepted into the program the fee will be returned to you.