Training

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher INSPIRES.”
– W. A. Ward

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WELCOME TO CONSTANT INSPIRATION!

You might already know that Marjo-Riikka will be teaching and directing in Europe until February 2018, but by popular demand, she will be in town this summer, to teach ONE MORE class here in Los Angeles:


TWO DAY MICHAEL CHEKHOV TECHNIQUE RETREAT

Saturday July 15th & Sunday July 16th
11am-5pm both days
$195

“TURN OFF YOUR PHONE, AND TURN ON YOUR ARTIST!”

Two inspiring days of intensive training, and artistic nourishment!

CLICK THE IMAGE TO SEE ACTOR TESTIMONIALS  


“Marjo-Riikka will inspire you to your best performance yet!”

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“Everyone will have an opinion about your acting, and anyone can try to give you feedback, but Marjo-Riikka has this special gift in knowing how to inspire you to reach your utmost potential. She will help you work through your creative blocks, right when the nerves come up or the acting block hits. Marjo-Riikka is filled with this special kind of light, that will make yours shine brighter too!” 

Los Angeles actors: while Marjo-Riikka is directing in Europe, she recommends classes at Jodie Lynne Panek’s:

Address: 3406 W Burbank Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505, USA
Phone+1 323-484-8090

 

Marjo-Riikka’s Classes in 2018: 

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 1. THE MICHAEL CHEKHOV TECHNIQUE
with Marjo-Riikka Makela
This is where your inspiration, your emotional availability, and your physical freedom, starts!
This class serves as a workout class for all levels of  actors, and is a foundation for all our work together!
Classes will start again Los Angeles in February 2018
CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT

 

 

2. ADVANCED SCENE STUDY
Applying the Michael Chekhov Technique to performance

(Prior training, or audition, with Ms. Makela required)
Classes will start again in February 2018

 Our Signature Scene Study Class!

You’ll draw upon the key elements of the Michael Chekhov technique to explore and prepare scenes and monologues written for Theatre, Film & TV.
The material you’ll work on is custom-tailored to your goal for this class.

CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT

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3. ON-CAMERA AUDITION COACHING & TAPING
“MASTERING YOUR CLOSE-UP”
Prerequisite to this class; Michael Chekhov Technique Intensive(or private classes with Ms. Makela)

Michael Chekhov Technique’s “Best Kept Secrets”- on-camera techniques, focusing solely on close-up work.

 Marjo-Riikka only takes max 6 actors in this class, so it fills very fast, please make sure we have a spot for you before making your payment, thank you!

(On-Camera Privates & Semi-Private Classes Available)

NEXT AVAILABLE ON-CAMERA CLASS WILL BE IN MARCH 2018
(email Marjo-Riikka directly at makela@chekhovstudio.com for more info)

 “We must not compete with other actors. This is waste of our energy and puts our focus in an unhelpful place. We must practice empathy. We must share the situation of this particular human being, your character, with our whole being (Atmosphere, Psychological Gesture, Specific Quality of How etc.) This is how your character may win a life and you may book the part! Acting is not a profession of competing with other actors, but rather a vocation of sharing with fellow human beings.” ~ Marjo-Riikka Makela


4. MASTER CLASS:

(By audition/invitation only)


~ MASTER CLASS WITH MARJO-RIIKKA MAKELA

In addition to the Scene Study; the Master Class is assembled periodically throughout the year for an advanced exploration of the Michael Chekhov Technique via professionally directed scene work leading to a performance. Students may be invited to audition after advancing in their Scene Study Classes. The Master Class is a professional level class and includes company members from Helsinki West Theatre Ensemble. Once or twice a year, the master class will have a showcase to exhibit their work for the broader Los Angeles community. 

(*Prior training with Ms. Makela/Audition required)

By invitation/audition only. Prior Michael Chekhov training/Audition required.
$650
Please call us at 213-509-5315 for any questions about enrolling to the Scene Study & Master Class

 5. SEMI-PRIVATE: Marjo-Riikka Makela

Weekly semi-private sessions with Marjo-Riikka, focusing solely on you and your ability to connect with another actor & your imagination ON CAMERA. Semi-privates focus on moment-to-moment scene work with two actors. Depending on the actors and their goals, Marjo-Riikka designs the session to handle a specific need (such as “Crying on Cue” or creating an “Atmosphere” etc.) MAX 2 ACTORS

6. PRIVATE INSTRUCTION WITH MARJO-RIIKKA MAKELA*

Focusing fully on specific need (Audition Coaching, On Set, Film and TV prep, etc.) *Celebrity clients appreciate our discretion. As a policy we do not publish our client list. Please have your agent/manager contact Ms. Makela directly at makela@chekhovstudio.com

 

- PRIVATE COACHING ($135/hour)
– AUDITION TAPING & COACHING $250 (3 hours)
–  SCRIPT BREAKDOWN (10 hours of work together with the actor/director, $500/script)

“Inspiration is a sensation in the body. It can be invited upon your will and willingness to experience it taking you over! ~ Marjo-Riikka Makela   

PREPARATION & CONFIDENTIAL ON-SET COACHING FOR DIRECTORS, WITH  MARJO-RIIKKA MAKELA

“Nerves” are just unfocused energy. It’s good news that you have energy running through you, it means you are alive! his energy (the nerves) can be transformed into anything you need at the moment for your acting via your Imagination, Qualities of Movement and Atmosphere work! And truly, one of the major things you need to do is to learn to focus your energy into the the things that are HELPFUL for you at any given acting moment. Unbroken line of actions is a necessity! Focus and concentration with a feeling of ease is gained by knowing where to focus at any given acting moment. True concentration is not only an intellectual thing, it is a whole body sensation of “being with”, “breathing the other in”, allowing something and some one to effect your character through your instrument. You can concentrate on your scene partner (if one is provided) to an image, to an atmosphere appropriate for the scene, to a sensation in the body etc. The reason why an actor feels lost, is very often that he/she hasn’t made a committed choice where they place their concentration at every moment of the scene within his/her unbroken line of actions. Which moments are you doing/sending/exhaling and which moments are you being done to/receiving/inhaling…. To know how to concentrate and where to target your focus with your whole being is essential!” ~ Marjo-Riikka Makela

Overcoming Audition-Nerves Workshop with Marjo-Riikka Makela“Great acting is behavior growing out of character’s Experience. What we don’t enjoy witnessing is actor “indicating” an experience, or faking an emotional state, which happens when an actor is pushing out emotions and behavior with out the actual experience in his/her instrument. I want to see you Experience and behave out of that specific human condition, while fighting over your character’s objective with the specificity in “How” true to your character! And what is this Experience that I’m so after, then? It is the sensations that run through your body. Without the body emotions wouldn’t feel like anything. They would be simply ideas. Emotions are experienced in the body as sensations which are never still; they wash, run, slash through you (just like they happen to the character you’re playing=experiencing life through and with) We don’t happen to the emotions, they happen to us. Without the body you can not experience anything. This is why I want to fine tune your instrument to be open, flexible and sensitive for all artistic impulses, and all sensations, so that you can be in the experience of now with your Whole Being.”… ~ Marjo-Riikka Makela  

 
   


WHAT IS CHEKHOV STUDIO CAFE?
As part of our classes, we created the Chekhov Studio Café.  A fun and relaxed way for our actors to work on building an ensemble, and invite friends and industry professionals to view our work from class. This is also a great way for prospective students to see the work of their colleagues. Chekhov Lab, extension of the Café, usually happens once a year. A group of students hand-selected by Marjo-Riikka assemble a full production of a chosen playwright.  The Chekhov Café and Chekhov Lab are designed to work on building the ensemble and providing a performance opportunity to enhance the training done at Chekhov Studio.  

CLICK HERE TO VIEW CLIENT TESTIMONIALS
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES 

To reserve a spot in our weekly classes, or make an appointment for private coaching, call us at 213-509-5315 or email us at info@chekhovstudio.com

Please note that as we honor our individualized-actor-training-policy, our class size is limited , and therefore they fill in very fast, and your spot will be guaranteed only upon receipt of your deposit check or Paypal payment. The remaining balance will be payable in full on the first day of classes. You may guarantee your spot by paying the full class amount by credit card via the secure PayPal checkout below or by mailing in your deposit within three days of making your initial reservation.

 
WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU!  

To be added to our mailing list, email us at: info@chekhovstudio.com

Phone: 213-509-5315/USA +358-40-75-63-599/Europe

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