Chekhov Acting Technique

Apr 06, 2019 to Apr 06, 2019

Chekhov Acting Technique

Saturday, April 6, 2019
9:30 am to 12:30 pm - Group Workshop
Fee: $50
1:30-5:30 pm - Private Coaching Opportunities
Fee: $100/hour


Michael Chekhov, the nephew of the writer Anton Chekhov, was one of the most renowned actors of Stanislavky’s Moscow Art Theatre. As a young man Chekhov began teaching acting classes in his apartment, and eventually moved to England and then the United States where he taught for a quarter century. He developed an approach to healthy acting that emphasizes the integration of psychological and physical action, and that trains and elevates the actor’s imagination and intuition through movement and gesture. His teaching has influenced actors and directors from Ingrid Bergman and Elia Kazan to James Spader and Anne Bogart.

We will begin with foundational work in movement and ease, and progress to work with bits of text (if actors have some they want to use that’s great, but no memorization is required) and Chekhov’s “psychological gesture” – movement that expresses character and gesture in the most dynamic way.


Students for private coaching sessions should bring in a bit of speech – between four lines and a monologue. We’ll begin by using the Chekhov technique to open up the possibilities in the text, and then apply those explorations to make decisions about character and objective and what Chekhov called “the how” of acting.


Peter Josephson is an accomplished actor and director. He has been a finalist for eleven Seacoast Spotlight and New Hampshire Theatre Awards, and was named Best Actor by the NHTA in 2014. Josephson lived half his life in Alaska, where he earned his membership in the Actors’ Equity Association and mushed dogs recreationally. He has performed with the New Hampshire Theatre Project, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, and the Seven Stages Shakespeare Company, and has appeared in numerous productions with theatreKapow, including AgamemnonA Dream PlayMacbethBuried Child, and last year’s devised work Raining Aluminum. He trains regularly with the International Michael Chekhov Association and theatreKapow, and teaches acting workshops on the Seacoast and in the Manchester area.


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