Michael Chekhov



Michael 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.Mr. Chekhov’s legacy keeps inspiring a new generation of actors, teachers and directors! The Michael Chekhov Technique is psychophysical, spiritual, playful and highly creative technique. It nurtures the actors’ over all well-being & nourishes one’s ability for inspiration.

What is it that we in the theatre give? Instead of images on canvas or in the form of statuary or music, we give our body, voice, feelings, will, imagination — we give a form of pulsating art to life itself; we give it to our characters and we give it to our audiences. Nothing, absolutely nothing remains for us save the pleasure of having given pleasure.
— Michael Chekhov



MICHA (Michael Chekhov Association) Resources

Books by Michael Chekhov:

  • To The Actor

  • Lessons for the Professional Actor

  • On The Technique of Acting

  • To the Director and Playwright

  • The Path of the Actor

Chekhov Studio International Resources


Other Reading for the Curious Actor

  • Lenard Petit - The Michael Chekhov Handboo

  • Mel Gordon - The Stanislavsky Technique: Russia

  • Andrei Malaev-Babel - The Vakhtangov Sourcebook

  • Andrei Malaev-Babel - Yevgeny Vakhtangov: A Critical Portrait

  • Jerzy Grotowski - Towards a poor Theatre

  • Jacques Lecoq - The Moving Body