Michael Chekhov envisioned a new theatre with a heart. With his approach actors are able to make heart connections with the audience. It is self expression which is also real communication, human being to human being. This is why I am attracted to this work.


-- Lenard Petit, Artistic Director



Lenard Petit,
Artistic Director


LENARD PETIT is a founding member of the Michael Chekhov Association, MICHA, and the Director of the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York City. Author of the Michael Chekhov Handbook, for the Actor, he has been working in the theater for forty years collaborating with other artists to create original works for the stage, cinema, and television. He has directed plays and performance pieces on and Off Broadway, and in Great Britain. As an actor, he has performed in works by Julie Taymor, Meredith Monk, Richard Foreman, Ping Chong, and many others. One of a handful of teacher students trained by the original members of Michael Chekhov’s Theater School, in 2016, Mr. Petit was invited to create a Michael Chekhov Workshop and Festival in connection with The Shanghai Theater Academy Theater Arts Festival Shanghai, China. He has been invited to teach Master classes at The International School for Film and Television in Munich, Helsinki University, as well as master classes and workshops in, Amsterdam, Rome, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin, Oslo, Reykjavik, Brussels, Zurich, Dublin, London, Riga, Vilnius, and Irkutsk, Siberia. For twenty-five years he taught the Chekhov Technique in the MFA and BFA Acting programs at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.





Dawn Arnold,



DAWN ARNOLD is the founder and Artistic Director of The Moving Dock Theatre Company and Chekhov Studio Chicago. With The Moving Dock she has directed/created Unsung Stars, Celestial Mechanics- or the Questionable Attraction of Entities, and Savage/Love, and co-directed/adapted Galway Bay, Einstein’s Dreams, Ocean Sea, The Quiltmaker’s Gift, and Shakespeare’s Notebook. As an actress she has performed with The Moving Dock in Galway Bay, Undercurrents, Ocean Sea, and Eleemosynary, with Alchymia Theatre in Flood, and numerous other roles including Ranyevskaya in Cherry Orchard, Hesione in Heartbreak House, Mae in Mud, and Margaret in Richard the Third. She created and performed the Spirit of the Dance for Chicago’s Boitsov Ballet and her solo show, The Lydia Etudes – About Loving Anton Chekhov, which is currently touring. As a movement director and rehearsal coach, she has worked with Vitalist Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, House Theatre, and Janus Theatre, and coached actors working for Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Court Theatre among others.

Dawn is a certified teacher of the Chekhov Technique, trained by the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA). She appears in the documentary, Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique, produced by the Michael Chekhov Association. She has been on the faculty of Roosevelt University’s Theatre Conservatory, Music Institute of Chicago, Aurora University, North Park College, and Northern Illinois University. She is currently on the Faculty of the Michael Chekhov Association and the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio New York City, as well as Chekhov Studio Chicago. She is a guest artist around the country in workshops and residencies for colleges, high schools, and theatre companies.


Bethany Caputo,




BETHANY CAPUTO is an actress and a teacher in New York City who performs regionally across the country at such theatres as Arena Stage, The Goodman and Actors Theatre of Louisville.  Ms. Caputo studied at the Moscow Art Theatre where she was introduced to the Chekhov technique in 1997.  She is now on faculty with MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York City and with Stony Brook University Graduate Department.  Ms Caputo was an actor in the Master Classes DVD series produced by MICHA, and she has had the great pleasure to collaborate and perform with Chekhov based theatre companies such as The Actors Ensemble, The Moving Dock Theatre Company, and with the company at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio.


Akil Apollo Davis




AKIL APOLLO DAVIS is a full time Performing Artist and Theatre Teacher. He teaches an extremely rare form of Mask work. Akil has received extensive training in 4 different forms of Balinese dance, 3 forms of Thai Classical dance, Modern dance, Butoh, African, Ballet, Jazz, Kabuki, and Noh. Akil has taught Theatre and Dance all over America, in over 7 countries, 2 of which are regular and on-going (Bali and Thailand), and is now a Professor of Mask and Art Aesthetic at NYU and SUNY Purchase. He is also the Founder and Artistic Director of the new performance company LOUDSOL.


Melania Levitsky,


  MELANIA  LEVISTKY is a director, actor, singer, and teacher. She is the artistic director of Nikita🐝 productions, and the associate artistic director of Walking the Dog Theater company. Trained in the Michael Chekhov Technique and in Spacial Dynamics. She has taught in the US, Europe, and South Africa.

Scott Miller,

Voice Faculty


SCOTT MILLER A student and performer of acting for over thirty years, Scott received his vocal training under the private direction of Shane Ann Younts (NYU Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting) and Robert Neff Williams (Juilliard), his formal acting training with Uta Hagen and Carol Rosenfeld, Wynn Handman (Character), his movement/acting training with Lenard Petit (The Micheal Chekhov Technique) and Jessica Wolf (Yale) in the Alexander Technique and Techniques in Breathing Coordination. Scott has studied with Jim Bonney on work designed to release the actor’s emotional instrument.  As well, contributing to the work enormously were years spent training in the Native American community, specifically working on theories of attention.

Scott is the creator of the Miller Voice Method and co-founder of the mVm Studio which resides in NYC. This integrative approach has been shared domestically and internationally in the theatrical, film and corporate arenas.

Over his life he has played two sports professionally, received a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University’s Law School, has taught since his early teens, traveled extensively and currently resides in New York City with a woman he married named Viola and three children that move and breath expansively (so far) – Zoe, Leander and Manuel.

What I am curious about: A reliable way to integrate intention with… breath, a flexible, responsive and resilient voice, extended and received movement, thought, emotional life and point of view. In short, a way to transform competent into compelling.


Hugo Moss


  HUGO MOSS Born in the U.K. and half Irish, has lived in Brazil for nearly 30 years. Recognizing how little Michael Chekhov’s artistic legacy was known in Brazil, Michael Chekhov Brasil was founded in 2010 by Hugo Moss and Brazilian actor Thaís Loureiro with the mission to fill the gap in the country’s theatre education and practice. Trained by MICHA, Hugo is an active member of the international Michael Chekhov community and is director of Grupo Assik's acclaimed 2014 production of 'night, Mother, by Marsha Norman. He has recently been assisting Jessica Cerullo in editing sections of Deirdre Hurst du Prey's archive for MICHA's 2017 edition of "Lessons for Teachers", and in 2016 was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Campinas to introduce the Michael Chekhov technique to graduate, post-graduate students and faculty members. He finds daily inspiration in the Alexander Technique and Eurythmy and is fluent in Portuguese, German and French.


Mel Shrawder,



MEL SHRAWDER has performed with the New York Shakespeare Festival under the direction of Joseph Papp, and appeared at Arena Stage in Washington DC, as well as being a regular performer for many years at the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival. Most recently on the regional circuit Mel played the role of Victor Franz for Portland Stage in Arthur Miller's The Price. He has appeared in Film and TV in roles on Law and Order, Miami Vice, The Mississippi, and Critical Condition with the late Richard Pryor. Mel initially received his training at the North Carolina School of the Arts. He then went on to head the performance program at the University of Miami for a number of years where he received a faculty grant to study at the National Theatre of Great Britain. His early teaching centered around American method approaches such as Meisner, Strasberg and Hagen and improvisational training, until encountering the Michael Chekhov work. Mel is also a certified Reiki Master, and as well as teaching the Michael Chekhov approach today, Mel includes in his present teaching Energize components based on RYSE work, and character/personality transformation approaches based on holistic means.

Mel appeared in the new Michael Chekhov instructional DVDs, and he has developed a one person show, Homefront, which was presented at the International Michael Chekhov Festival at Amherst under the direction of Lenard Petit. He is a storyteller as well performing his pieces at Tellabration, and has worked with famed storyteller Jay O'Callahan.

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Natalie Yalon,



NATALIE YOLAN  Specialises in stage production and Russian theatrical pedagogics in Russia: in Moscow’s Gitis (the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts) and the Vakhtanghov Institute; her teachers are Vladimir Skoritz, Andrei Droznin, Boris Rabey, Slava Kokorin.  She is also following an intensive training programme at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York with Lenard Petit.

Since 2003, she has given many courses in Italy, Belgium, France and the United States. She teaches at the Conservatoire de Liège and at the Conservatoire de Roubaix, France, at the Samovar in Paris and at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York.  She also works as a consultant for the City of Brussels for the ‘Dispositif d’Accrochage Scolaire’.

She stages the authors Victor Haïm, Jean-Claude Grumberg, Joël Pommerat, Daniil Kharms and Anton Tchekhov.She has collaborated with film director Boris Lehman, and film directors and performance artists Vincent Matijn-Wallecan, Patricia Martin, Marc Rossignol, Dominique Thirion, Angel Vergara, Melanie Rullier, Anne-Cécile Vandalem, Alain Wathieu Boris Rabey, Matthias Langhoff, Isabelle Pousseur, Slava Kokorin.








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