Michael Chekhov (1891 – 1955) Michael Chekhov was a world-renowned early 20th century Russian actor, and a beloved nephew of the famous playwright Anton Chekhov. He was known for being a true chameleon actor, mesmerizing audiences by making consistently bold choices, and transforming 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.
The Michael Chekhov Technique is psychophysical, imaginative, and highly creative technique. It develops not only the actor’s physical body, but also nurtures the actor’s psychological well-being, feeds the actor’s ability for inspiration, transformation and creativity, and is applicable to both film and stage work.
It is easy to see why Mr. Chekhov’s legacy keeps inspiring a whole new generation of actors, teachers and directors!
MICHA (Michael Chekhov Association) Resources
Michael Chekhov: On Theatre and the Art of Acting: The Five-Hour Master Class 4 CDs and Booklet
Micha Workbook: A Guide to Integrating Michael Chekhov Technique
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
Sinéad Rushe - Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique
Lenard Petit - The Michael Chekhov Handbook
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