Back Stage Article on Michael Chekhov Technique
“Gradually, you will experience more and more of that strong feeling which may be called an
actor’s presence on the stage. While facing the audience you will never be self-conscious, never suffer from any kind of fear or lack of confidence in yourself as an artist.”

The thing about performance,
even if it’s only an illusion,
is that it is a celebration of the fact that
we do contain within ourselves
infinite possibilities
Daniel Day Lewis

Chekhov Studio International is an Acting Studio devoted to Brave, Emotionally Available,  Physically Capable, and Viscerally Captivating Acting that leads to
Unforgettable Performances.

We provide actors with the training necessary for
working on Stage, Film and TV.

Additionally, we specialize in helping Actors, Writers and Directors overcome creative blocks, communication barriers, dry spells, and plateaus.

We wish to offer an artistic home and a creative haven for actors, directors and writers.

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We are different in what we do and how we do it:

1. We train brave actors. We not only believe that acting is an art form but we also want our actors to be “professional human beings” who have the ability and courage to explore and express all shades of human condition.
2. We wholeheartedly believe that acting is a profession of joy. Even when the character is suffering, a part of the actor’s creative being will be enjoying the ride.
3. We look for those who want to expand their ability for empathy, widen their emotional and physical range, and find organic ways to achieve character transformation, these being some of the key elements to our technique.
4. It is time for you to be seen. Therefore, we won’t let you hide in a crowd of people. For the utmost positive effect on your acting, we keep our class size to as small as 6 actors/session, and only accept maximum of 12 people in our classes at all times.
5. In our classes you are never alone or uninspired. You will consistently find inspiration, not only by the limited means of personal experiences, but also by the limitless means of imagination.1. We train brave actors, and we are brave teachers. 1Our teachers will only ask from you what they are willing to give of themselves: Everything!1. We train brave actors, and we are brave teachers.
1.  We train brave and inspired actors with no excuses. Our methods are holistic and life-affirming. We not only believe that acting is an art form but we also want our actors to be successful, happy “professional human beings” who have the ability, courage and stamina to explore and express all colors of the human condition. To be an actor, you must love the art of acting and keep in mind that this is a profession of calling.

2. We wholeheartedly believe that acting is a profession of joyEven when the character is suffering, a part of the actor’s creative being will be enjoying the ride. Learning to empower oneself as a creator in any job situation, and being inspired to love all aspects of the actor’s creative process is crucial for the actor’s personal feeling of success and happiness.

3. We call  for those actors who want to expand their ability for empathy,widen their emotional and physical range, and find organic ways to achieve character transformation, these being some of the key elements to great acting.
Acting is not a profession of competing with other actors, but rather a vocation of sharing with fellow human beings.

4. It is time for you to be seen. Therefore, we won’t let you hide in a crowd of people. For the utmost positive effect on your acting, we keep our class size to as small as 6 actors/session, and only accept maximum of 16 people in our classes at all times.
You will work extensively in each  class.

5. In our classes you are never alone or uninspired. You will be supported to take care of your actor’s instrument daily. You will learn to “imagine with your body”, and you will consistently find inspiration, not only by the limited means of personal experiences, but also by the limitless means of your imagination.
Welcome to the inspired world of the Michael Chekhov Technique!

The Best-Kept Secret

Michael Chekhov Technique is one of the best kept secrets in Hollywood, and still quite unknown for the aspiring actors in Los Angeles. This is surprising, since such actors as Jack Nicholson and Anthony Hopkins both acknowledged the power of using the technique in their own work.  To learn more about Michael Chekhov, click here

“Searching for a good acting class in Hollywood is like looking for good food in a city you’ve never been to. It all looks good… but afterwards, when you wake up at 4am with a horrible stomach issue, you’re likely to regret that you went to the wrong place. Chekhov Studio International is like a really great secret restaurant that only the locals know about. Marjo-Riikka is a fantastic human being (first and foremost) and an amazingly gifted acting coach. I studied with her for a long time and the skills I learned are the most valuable and fun-to-use tools in my acting bag. Sense memory and all the other American method stuff is great, but in my opinion you would do yourself a great disservice as an actor if you don’t also work to unleash the full power of your imagination. The best way I know how to do that is with the Michael Chekhov technique. And the best way to learn that technique is to study at Chekhov Studio International.”
~Micah Sloat

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