Michael Chekhov

The Life of Chekhov

Michael ChekhovMichael Chekhov (1891 – 1955)  Michael Chekhov was a world-renowned early 20th century Russian actor and nephew of the famous playwright Anton Chekhov. He was known for being a true chameleon actor, mesmerizing audiences by making consistently bold choices and disappearing into fully fleshed-out, astoundingly unique characters.  Chekhov was openly praised by Konstantin Stanislavsky as his most brilliant student and was highly respected by Group Theatre luminaries such as Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, and Harold Clurman.  He was the acting coach for many Hollywood stars of his day, and the technique he developed has been praised by Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, Johnny Depp, and Clint Eastwood, just to mention a few.  Michael Chekhov Technique is applicable to both film and stage work.

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