MICHAEL CHEKHOV STUDIO NEW Fall Classes
Philadelphia & New York City
"An Artist has to
burn inside with outer ease"
You should feel a flow of joy because you are alive. Your body will feel full of life. That is what you must give from the stage. Your life. No less. That is art: to give all you have.
— M. Chekhov
"Every true artist has deep whithin them the desire
Classes & Workshops
in Manhattan NYC
Chekhov Studio Mahanttan
Michael Chekov's approach
to acting is an intuitive, but
at the same time precise, psycho-physical way of analyzing and grasping character, in which the actor alows the body and the imagination reveal the character through the process of transformation.
Chekhov proposed that actors should seek their characters in the realm of the imagination. He proposed that the actors dreams and fantasies are far more useful in the creative process than logic and factual biographies.
Much of his approach consists in developing the means with which ones imagination and creative images can be given artistic shape, and then manifested on stage, in all their beauty, truth and complexity.
As actors and actresses, we must rejoice in the possession of our physical faculties.
We must experience joy in the use of our hands, arms, body etc. Without this appreciation and realization of the body and its many possibilities, we cannot perform as artists. Compare the body without life and the body with life. Meditate on this. See how helpless the dead person is, then contrast that with a living person. You should feel a flow of joy because you are alive. Your body will feel full of life. That is what you must give from the stage. Your life. No less. That is art: to give all you have. And what have you? Your life-nothing more. And to give life means to feel life throughout your whole being. —