Marjo-Riikka Makela, Artistic Director, Chekhov Studio International
Michael Chekhov Technique
Advanced Scene Study
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
Matthew Floyd Miller, Guest Instructor
Acting with Accents
MATTHEW FLOYD MILLER is an adjunct instructor for East Los Angeles College Theatre Arts Department and California State University Los Angeles. He is also a professional actor who has worked all across the U.S. for over twenty years. He has been an adjunct instructor of acting at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts – Experimental Theatre Wing where he has taught courses in Grotowski based physical acting training as he learned it from Master Teacher Stephen Wangh (author of An Acrobat of the Heart). He has also taught this work to a wide variety of students at Working Classroom in Albuquerque, New Mexico, East Los Angeles College Theatre Arts Department, where he has also been a guest director, California State University Long Beach and Cal State Los Angeles. He has taught acting and scene study workshops for professional actors at Chekhov Studio International in Los Angeles and the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, California. He has acted on Broadway in Not About Nightingales, directed by Trevor Nunn at Circle in the Square and The Invention of Love directed by Jack O’Brien at Lincoln Center Theatre. He has also worked at prominent Off-Broadway, regional and Los Angeles theaters such as Signature Theatre Co., The Peccadillo Theatre Co., A Contemporary Theatre – Seattle, Arena Stage – Washington D.C., The Old Globe, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Dallas Theatre Center, Playmaker’s Rep., Cincinnati Playhouse, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Geffen Playhouse, The Theatre @ Boston Court, The Falcon Theatre, The Rubicon Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre Co and L.A. Theatreworks. His television and film credits include Hand of God, Colony, Major Crimes, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, and All Good Things, Gun Woman and the upcoming comedy feature Stan the Man. Matthew received his MFA from the New York University, Tisch School of the Arts – Graduate Acting Program and his BFA from the NYU, Tisch School of the Arts – Experimental Theatre Wing.