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“Marjo-Riikka Makela, Finnish born actress and international acting coach, is gaining worldwide attention for her successful acting studio in Los Angeles. Currently, Chekhov Studio International is the only studio based in Los Angeles to offer thorough, in-depth training in the Michael Chekhov Technique, and is the go-to studio for international actors looking to expand their careers to Hollywood.   Ms. Makela founded Chekhov Studio International with the goal of training a serious ensemble of actors under the discipline, dedication, and inspiration central to the Michael Chekhov Technique. Many professional actors have claimed the technique as integral to their craft, including Johnny Depp, Anthony Hopkins, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, and Lloyd Bridges.”

To read Marjo-Riikka’s article in Back Stage, click HERE
To see a clip of the Stanislavsky Institute, Actors Studio-TV, Brazil, interview click  HERE

“World-renowned Acting Schools, The Stanislavsky Institute & School of Cinema in Sao Paulo and Chekhov Studio International in Los Angeles, have formed a partnership in order to advance the art of acting worldwide, produce film and theater productions and embrace actor, director, teacher and student exchange internationally.
To see a clip of the partnership announcement interview click HERE

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Marjo-Makela_Riika--IMG_8888-11-05-30_01_52_29Marjo-Riikka Makela
Private Acting & Audition Coaching
Michael Chekhov Technique
Advanced Scene Study
Advanced On-Camera
Directors Circle

Marjo-Riikka Makela (SAG, AFTRA, AEA, FIA) is a director, world renowned acting coach, and a professional actress. She has specialized in a variety of different acting techniques, is a long-standing member of the Michael Chekhov Association, a teacher for MICHA’s teacher training program, and has worked extensively with the Michael Chekhov Technique both as an actress and director. Ms. Makela received her training at the Russian Academy of Dramatic Arts (GITIS), holds an MFA in Acting from CSULB, and has extensive stage credits from Europe. Here in USA some of Marjo-Riikka’s favorite roles include Medea in direction of David Bridel, Yelena in Uncle Vanya at the Classic Stage Company in NYC,  and her work with Sarah Kane and Andrei Malaev-Babel at the Stanislavsky Theatre Studio in Washington DC. Her favorite directing credits include many Anton Chekhov plays, Shakespeare, Schiller, T. Williams, and an abundance of devised work. Recently, Ms. Makela has taught at the Stanislavsky Institute, National Theatre Academy and the National Theatre of Finland, California State University LB, Acting Corps Studios, ActorFest, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, The Insurgo Theater Movement, The Actor’s Movement Studio (NYC), the INTAR Theater (NYC), The Actors’ Gang, University of Southern California, and CalArts MFA programs.  Marjo-Riikka does weekly private coaching for many successful TV and film actors and actresses*. She has coached actors for films and series such as The Office, Silicon Valley, HER, Togetherness, Reunion, 10 Year Plan, True Blood, Madmen, CSI, Californication, Mentalist, Castle, Nip Tuck, Alphas, Body of Proof, Ghost Whisperer, Entourage, How I Met your Mother, General Hospital Night Shift, Bones, Numb3rs , Deadwood, in Treatment, Vampire Diaries … to mention a few. She has clients around the world, and she has been featured in Back Stage, the Los Angeles Times, American Theater Magazine and several major European publications. Marjo-Riikka is an honorary member of the Stanislavsky Institute.
“Being allowed to teach, learn, share, play, discover, and create each day, is a true blessing. THANK YOU all my students, clients and friends. YOU are highly appreciated!” ~ Marjo-Riikka

*Celebrity clients appreciate our discretion. As a policy, Ms. Makela does not publish her client list.

 

Kristyn ChalkerKristyn Chalker
Yoga for Actors/ Chekhov Studio Company Member

Kristyn is a full time yoga instructor in LA with Corepower Yoga. Also, a classically trained actor with a passion for Shakespeare, she’s lived in Los Angeles for three and a half years. She first got her 200 hour RYT certificate from Corepower in the fall of 2013, and then dove head first into teaching as many classes as she could get her hands on. Teaching 15 classes a week, but also keeping the mentality of fostering artistic creativity, has not only forced a sort of melding of the two sides of her life, but it has taught her that both practices have more in common than she ever would have thought. The heightened awareness of her physical body aids in her practice and love of the Michael Chekhov technique, and it’s from this love that she wants to share it with the actors in LA. Kristyn has studied extensively with Ms. Makela and is one of the founding company members of Helsinki West Theatre Ensemble, Chekhov Studio’s International, LA based, theatre company.