Lenard Petit is one of a handful of teachers trained by the original members of Michael Chekhov’s Theater School. He is a founding member of the Michael Chekhov Association, MICHA, and the Director of the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York City since its inception in 1996. Author of 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 stage, film 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. In 2016 Mr. Petit was invited to create a Michael Chekhov Workshop and Festival in connection with the Shanghai Theater Academy in Shanghai, China. He has been invited to teach Master Classes in Munich, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Rome, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin, Oslo, Reykjavik, Brussels, Rio de Janeiro, 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.
"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
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