Board of Directors and Faculty


 

 

2012 faculty

President: Joanna Merlin
Vice President: Fern Sloan
Secretary: Mary Jo Romeo
Managing Director/Treasurer: Jessica Cerullo

Board: Marjolein Baars, Meryl Weinsaft Cooper, Ragnar Freidank, Andrei Malaev-Babel, Michael Mayer, Phelim McDermott, Lenard Petit, Ted Pugh, Deborah Robertson, and Sims Wyeth.

Advisory Board: Anne Bogart, Martha Clarke, William Elmhirst, Margo Lion, Floyd Rumohr, Tom Schumacher, Jimmy Smits, Julie Taymor.

 

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Joerg Andrees is a director of theater, dance, music and film and performs solo and improvised work in Germany and abroad. Currently, he is a leading faculty at the Michael Chekhov Studio Berlin (MTSB), he delivers courses throughout Germany with the Alfred Schnittke Academy International in Hamburg and other institutions.  As founder of The Michael Chekhov International Academy (MCIA) since 2012, he leads the Intensive Training Program in the Chekhov Technique which progresses towards the Facilitator/Teaching Certification (www.chekhovacademy.com). He teaches frequently in Dublin, Ireland, at the MC Studio Dublin, at the Gormanston Summer School (Stageworks), and the Gaiety School of Acting.  He has taught the Chekhov work internationally in Russia, England, the United States and Australia.  In 1992 he co-founded the first Michael Chekhov Conference in Berlin which initiated a world-wide Michael Chekhov Movement.  Joerg first studied the Chekhov technique in New York with Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan in 1989 and he has been integrating and teaching the work ever since.  Born in East Germany where he studied Film Directing (as a student of Heiner Carow) at Filmhochschule Babelsberg, he moved to West Germany, where he currently resides, in 1989.

 

Dawn Arnold
Dawn Arnold is an actress, director, and teaching artist. She is the founder and Artistic Director of The Moving Dock Theatre Company and the Moving Dock Studio in Chicago. Ms. Arnold is a Teacher of the Chekhov Technique, trained by the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA). She appears in the documentary, Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique, produced by the Michael Chekhov Association. She has been on the faculty teaching movement, acting, and voice in the undergraduate and graduate theatre programs of Roosevelt University’s Theatre Conservatory, Northern Illinois University, and Aurora University. She teaches the Michael Chekhov Technique in Chicago with the Moving Dock Studio, for the Michael Chekhov Association, the Educational Theatre Association, and in guest workshops and residencies for colleges, high schools, and theatre companies. Ms. Arnold performs her solo show, The Lydia Etudes – About Loving Anton Chekhov, around the country at theatres and festivals.

 

Marjolein Baars
Marjolein Baars is an actress, clown, and teacher. She is the artistic director of tiny hero PRODUCTIONS, Buzzing Red, and De Stichting Koffer in Amsterdam. She teaches Michael Chekhov’s work nationally and internationally, most recently having taught master classes at Exeter University in England and at the Moscow Theatre’s School of Dramatic Art in Russia. She is a founding member of the organization Michael Chekhov Europe, serves on the board of MICHA, and has been producing original work with tiny hero PRODUCTIONS since 1999. Ms. Baars’ studies in art and society have joined her clown and theatre work in the creation of projects for family, caretakers, and artists who work with individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. She is particularly interested in working with questions and obstacles that address creativity, acting, and imagination in the broadest sense.

 

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Bethany Caputo is an actress and a teacher in New York City who performs regionally across the country at such theatres as Arena Stage, The Goodman and Actors Theatre of Louisville. Ms. Caputo studied at the Moscow Art Theatre where she was introduced to the Chekhov technique in 1997. She now on the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York City and with Stony Brook University Graduate Department. Ms Caputo was an actor in the Master Classes DVD series produced by MICHA, and she has had the great pleasure to collaborate and perform with Chekhov based theatre companies such as The Actors Ensemble and The Moving Dock Theatre Company. Bethany can be reached by emailing her at bethanycaputo (at) gmail.com.

 

Jessica Cerullo
Jessica Cerullo is a performer and teacher. Her creative work is often socially or civically engaged. In partnership with Joanna Merlin, she has served as MICHA’s Managing Director since 1999. Her current research focuses on the embodied voice. Her original performance work has been produced by Performance Space 122, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Seattle’s Studio Current and The Tin Shop. In 2016 she collaborated with Sojourn Theatre to write and direct a bi-lingual, Eastern Washington based, production of their play, How To End Poverty in 90 Minutes (with 99 people you may or may not know). Ms Cerullo is currently editing a book of Chekhov’s original lessons that will be published in 2017 by MICHA. Together with Fern Sloan, she wrote the MICHA Workbook to assist those practically studying the Chekhov technique. She is the editor of the book Michael Chekhov: Critical Issues, Reflections, Dreams and the english translation of Chekhov’s original story A Tale About Lies and How Swiftly They Spread Across the Earth. Ms Cerullo is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

 

Scott Fielding
Scott Fielding  is the Director of Michael Chekhov Actors Studio Boston, where he leads The Chekhov Training and Meisner Foundation Training programs. Mr. Fielding is on the faculty at Boston’s Emerson College and regularly gives master classes and workshops abroad. Twenty-five years’ experience with Chekhov’s method and perspective informs his artistic work across multiple disciplines and creative approaches. An internationally-awarded stage director, his John Cage: House Full of Music (with pianist Nada Kolundzija) was cited for Best Performance of 2010 in Belgrade, Serbia; (His) Three Sisters won national prizes in Bosnia-Herzegovina including Best Play. He directed multiple acclaimed works as artistic director of Alchymia Theatre, Chicago and, in NY, as a member of The Actors’ Ensemble. In Croatia, he held full-term appointments as guest professor at the national academies in Zagreb and Osijek. As an actor, his stage credits include Off Broadway, LA and Chicago. His dissertation is published by MICHA in Michael Chekhov: Critical Issues, Reflections, Dreams.

 

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Ragnar Freidank teaches at the Michael Chekhov School in Hudson (NY). He is also teaching a scene study class in NYC as well as Imaginary Classes online. He is on faculty for the Graduate Acting Program of the New School for Drama (NYC) as well  and has been on the faculty of Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Brooklyn College and Marymount Manhattan. He was invited by Michael Howard to work in his studio, where he subsequently taught a weekly scene study class for several years. He served as a teacher and co-artistic director of MICHA’s Master Classes DVD series and directed the award- winning film, Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn, starring Joanna Merlin. He received a scholarship from Villigst, Germany to study the Michael Chekhov Technique in New York City with Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan, with whom he has been collaborating in The Actors’ Ensemble for the past 20 years. Ragnar is also working as a freelance filmmaker, audio recordist and editor.

 

Anne Gottlieb
Anne Gottlieb is an actress, director, and the founder of FortyMagnolias Productions, dedicated to new work and the exploration of the collaborative process. She is a Resident Scholar in Collaborative Theatre at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University. Ms. Gottlieb has appeared in numerous award-winning productions in the Northeast, and received the 2004 Independent Reviewers of New England Award for her portrayal of Emma in Betrayal and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra. Her original adaptation, Anam Cara: Two Women Fall into the Myth of Gilgamesh toured to the Roy Hart International Centre in Southern France. Anne has taught acting and voice at the University of Rhode Island, Boston College, The University of Southern Maine, and Brandeis University. She appeared in MICHA’s Master Classes DVD series. Directing credits include productions for Southwick Studios, The Actor’s Ensemble, Oxford University, Keble College, Boston Playwrights Marathon and the Brandeis Festival of the Arts.

 

Sarah Kane
Sarah Kane directs and teaches for the MCC UK, the Michael Chekhov Studio London, the Michael Tschechow-Studio, Berlin, Germany, Artemis School of Speech and Drama, UK and the Freie Hochschule Stuttgart, Germany. She has taught in universities and theater training programs in the UK and the USA. She co-founded the Michael Chekhov Centre UK in 1995 with Martin Sharp, founded threshold theatre in 1997 to further explore Chekhov’s techniques in rehearsal and performance, and co-founded MICHA with Joanna Merlin in 1999. Ms. Kane performs as an actor and speaker, also for movement companies, and was Artistic Associate at the Stanislavsky Theater Studio in Washington, DC and Artistic Director of the Goetheanum Stage, Basel, Switzerland. From 1989 to 1996 she ran the one-year Speech and Drama program at Emerson College, UK. Ms. Kane trained in Steiner’s Creative Speech, graduating in 1989, and in Chekhov’s approach to acting and theater in Germany, Switzerland and the UK.

 

Jobst Langhans
Jobst Langhans is a director, actor and teacher. He co-founded the theater company, WERBUHNE BERLIN, and has been its artistic director since 1998. Mr. Langhans has performed and directed throughout Berlin and Germany. In 1987 he began the Michael Chekhov Studio Berlin, where he continues to serve as its director. He organized the first International Michael Chekhov Workshop in Berlin in 1992 as well as another in 1995 and served on the board of the International Michael Chekhov Association from 1992-1995. From 1983-95 he was the director of theaterforum kreuzberg and has been a visiting teacher at various theater schools and universities, leading master classes in Moscow, London, Madrid, Riga and Glasgow. Mr. Langhans studied church music and philosophy as well as private theater studies with Else Bongers and Jurgen v. Alten.

 

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Camille Litalien  trained at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York and at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London, UK. She performed extensively throughout Europe and North America. As a director, Camille won numerous awards, including the Discovery Prize at Mimos International Mime Festival, and has had works commissioned by Les Ballets de Lorraine in Nancy, France; the Art Academy of Culture in Riga, Latvia; and ACT International Dance and Drama festival in Bilbao, and Seville Dance Bienale, Spain. She served as Head of Movement in the BA Collaborative and Devised Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London and was a Movement Professor at The Theatre School- Depaul University, Chicago. Her work is focused on embodiment through dance, hatha yoga, and Michael Chekhov Technique and she is currently developing a training method: The Living State of Dance.

 

Andrei Malaev Babel
Andrei Malaev-Babel is an Associate Professor of Theatre at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory.  At the Stanislavsky Theater Studio (STS), where he served as the Producing Artistic Director, he received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for his direction of Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot. He is an author of the Guide to the Psychological Gesture Technique published in Chekhov’s To the Actor (Routledge, 2003). He is an editor of The Vakhtangov Sourcebook – the pioneering collection of Yevgeny Vakhtangov’s theatrical heritage (Routledge, 2011). Mr. Malaev-Babel has received commissions from institutions such as the Smithsonian and The World Bank. He has presented at The Young Vic Company (London, UK), The International Volkov Theatre Festival (Yaroslavl, Russia), St. Petersburg Theatre Academy (St. Petersburg, Russia), The Kennedy Center and The Arena Stage (Washington, DC.) Mr. Malaev-Babel holds an MFA from the Vakhtangov Theatre Institute in Moscow, Russia, where he worked and trained with Alexandra Remizova, Stanislavsky’s student and Vakhtangov’s protégée.

 

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 Marjo-Riikka Makela is the artistic director and head teacher of the Los Angeles based Chekhov Studio International. She enjoys teaching, acting and directing as a guest artist worldwide. Marjo-Riikka received her training at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts and California State University Long Beach. Recently, Marjo-Riikka has taught at the Stanislavsky Institute, National Theatre of Finland, CSU, Acting Corps, ActorFest, Chapman University, LMU, Theatre of Arts, The Actor’s Movement Studio, The Actors’ Gang, European Theatre Collective, USC, and CalArts MFA programs. Marjo-Riikka does weekly private coaching for many successful TV and film actors and actresses. 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 and School of Cinema. She is grateful to continue learning and sharing with fellow MICHA artists, and fondly remembers working with Sarah Kane and Andrei Malaev-Babel at the Stanislavsky Theatre Studio.

 

Dale March

Dale March has been working as an actor and teacher in Sydney, Australia for the last 10 years. His teaching work has woven Michael Chekhov’s insights and exercises into the 3-year curriculum at Actors Centre Australia since 2010 and he is now opening a branch of Actor’s Centre Australia in Adelaide in 2016, where he recently relocated. In Adelaide Dale teaches at the Ann Peter’s School of Acting. He works with the State Theatre company of South Australia on script developments for the 2016 Season and collaborations with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Dale’s most recent acting credits include Cyrano de Bergerac with the Sydney Theatre Company and the Australian Tour of The National Theatre’s Warhorse. Before his study in Sydney, Dale was introduced to the Michael Chekhov work through many workshops and productions with The Actors’ Ensemble, New York.

 

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Craig Mathers Craig has taught with MICHA during their summer International Workshop at the University of Connecticut and at CSU Summer Arts (2014 and 2016). He has also taught for Michael Chekhov Europe in Groznjan, Croatia.  Additionally, Craig taught acting, both contemporary and classical, at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and at NYU’s Cap 21. He is currently an Associate Professor of Performing Arts at Emerson College where he teaches Chekhov and Stanislavsky based approaches as well as Shakespeare Text. Craig studied under Stanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and received his MFA from Yale Drama School. He also trained at Shakespeare and Company and is a longstanding member of MICHA as well as a designated Linklater teacher.

 

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 Séamus Maynard is an actor and musician and has worked with theater companies such as Improbable Theatre (UK), The Belgian National Theater, and (since 2000) with The Actors’ Ensemble. Séamus holds a degree in acting from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where he received the Sir John Gielgud Award for Excellence in Acting from the Sir John Gielgud Charitable Trust. He extensively studied speech, classical acting, and Shakespeare with his teacher and mentor Patsy Rodenburg. He has taught speech and drama workshops in Turkey, London and the United States. Most recently he was on faculty for MICHA at CalState’s SummerArts Program in Monterey, CA. Séamus is also a songwriter and composer as well as founder of The Living Roots Trio – a folk/rock group that blends slam poetry with folk/rock, classical and jazz influences.

 

Phelim McDermott
Phelim McDermott has been directing and performing since 1984. Mr. McDermott improvises with the Comedy Store Players, is an honorary doctor of Middlesex University, and serves on MICHA’s advisory board. His company, Improbable, was recently awarded the Total Theatre Significant Contribution Award for its work in theatre including the Open Space events “Devoted and Disgruntled: What are we going to do about theatre?” Improbable’s award-winning shows include 70 Hill Lane, Lifegame, Spirit, Theatre of Blood and Philip Glass’ Satyagraha at the English National Opera and Metropolitan Opera. With Julian Crouch, Mr. McDermott directed the Metropolitan Opera’s 125th Anniversary Gala. He co-directed Shockheaded Peter in the West End and Off-Broadway, winning an Olivier Award. Mr. McDermott’s initial shows include Cupboard Man (Fringe First Award), Gaudete (Time Out Director’s Award), The Vinegar Works and The Sweet Shop Owner.

 

John McManus
John McManus teaches Voice and Speech at HB Studios in New York City and gives workshops in speech and movement in high schools, colleges, and acting studios in Australia and the United States. As artistic director of Shakespeare Alive! Mr. McManus has directed many plays and has received theatre critics Best Play of the Year for Hamlet (2007) in the Berkshires and Cymbeline (2008) in Melbourne, Australia. Mr. McManus has directed and performed in many devised plays, as well as existing work, touring Australia, the United States and Great Britain. For film, he co-directed and acted in The Witch of Portobello, by Paulo Coelho.  Mr. McManus is originally from Australia, where he began studying Rudolf Steiner’s Creative Speech and Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique.  He has also studied the voice and speech techniques of Patsy Rodenburg, Kristin Linklater, Catherine Fitzmaurice and Louis Colaianni as well as eurythmy (an art of movement).

 

Joanna Merlin
Joanna Merlin, a student of Michael Chekhov, is an actor, teacher, and former casting director. Ms. Merlin is the Founder and President of MICHA and is the last living student of Michael Chekhov who is still teaching. She is a faculty member at NYU’s Graduate Acting program at the Tisch School of the Arts.  

Ms. Merlin is the recipient of two Casting Society of America Artios Awards for casting Bertolucci’s The Last Emperor and Sondheim’s Into the Woods. As Harold Prince’s Casting Director, she cast the original Broadway productions of Sondheim’s Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, and Merrily We Roll Along, as well as Evita, Candide, A Doll’s Life, Play Memory, End of the World, and On the Twentieth Century. Films she has cast include Merchant/Ivory’s Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, as well as the American casting for their Jefferson in Paris and Surviving Picasso, Michael Cimino’s Year of the Dragon, and John Carpenter’s Big Trouble in Little China. 

As an actor, Ms. Merlin’s Broadway credits include Becket opposite Laurence Olivier and Fiddler on the Roof, in which she created the role of Tzeitel, the eldest daughter. Her films include Sarah’s Key, The Wackness, Invasion, City of Angels, Class Action, Mystic Pizza, Fame, The Killing Fields, and The Ten Commandments. She has a recurring part in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Judge Lena Petrovsky, and appeared on The Good Wife and Homeland.  She is a co-founder of the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts and was a member of the Tony Awards Nominating Committee. She is the author of Auditioning: An Actor-Friendly Guide.

 

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Ulrich Meyer-Horsch is the artistic director of the Michael Chekhov International School and the Michael Chekhov Studio Hamburg. He is a founding member of Michael Chekhov Europe. A professional actor and theatre director, he has been performing in German state and regional theatres for the last 25 years: Theater Kiel, Theater Lübeck, Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Schauspiel Frankfurt, Altonaer Theater, FWT Köln, Komödie Düsseldorf, Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, and others. He worked with Simon McBurney & Complicite, Augusto Boal and Yoshi Oida, and appeared as ‘Faust’ in Jobst Langhans’ production of Goethe’s ‘Faust I+II’. As an award-winning director he is particular known for his playful productions of the works of Bertolt Brecht. Until 2015 he was the associate artistic director of Kreuzgangspiele Feuchtwangen, one of Germany’s biggest summer theatres. Mr.Meyer-Horsch learned with Michael Chekhov’s students Hurt Hatfield, Deidre Hurst du Prey, Mala Powers and Joanna Merlin, as well as with master teachers from Germany and Russia. In his approach to the Chekhov Technique he incorporates the exploration of children’s games and work with masks. Since 1994 he has been teaching throughout Europe, Russia, Israel, Brazil, the US and East Asia. He is a lecturer at Schule für Schauspiel Hamburg and at Yeditepe University Istanbul, Turkey, and he serves as co-artistic director of the Michael Chekhov International Summer Academy in Groznjan, Croatia, and of Michael Chekhov Training Taiwan. Mr.Meyer-Horsch holds diplomas in Theology, Philosophy and Theatre Pedagogic from the Universities of Heidelberg, Hamburg, London (King’s College) and Kiel. (www.michaelchekhov.eu)

 


Suzana Nikolic is a full time professor at the Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb (ADA, UZ). She is a Founder and Artistic Director of Performing Arts Etra and STUDIO CHEKHOV.hr. Ms Nikolić’s organizational and producing credits include over a dozen international workshops, most concerning voice and speech work and Michael Chekhov acting technique. She produced the M. I. Fornes play MUD, directed by fellow MICHA faculty member Scott Fielding and staged at ZeKaEm, Zagreb in 2004. Ms Nikolić has worked and taught professionally with the Michael Chekhov Technique for over 15 years and received the MICHA teaching certificate of completion in 2004.  In 2004 she also edited the Croation translation of Michael Chekhov’s “To the Actor – On the Technique of Acting.”  For ADA, UZ she was Vice Dean for International Affairs from 2004-2006, and Head of Voice and Speech Department from 2006–2010.  She graduated from ADA, UZ in 1988, and was a Fulbright scholar at NYU–Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate Acting Program (1998/99). She is an award-winning actress with credits in theatre performance, feature films, television films & serials, as well as radio, and has over 20 years of additional acting and voice training abroad.

 

Hugh O'Gorman
Hugh O’Gorman is an actor, director and writer active in professional theatre for 25 years; for the past 10 years he has been the Head of Acting at California State University Long Beach where he oversees the BA and MFA actor training programs. He has an ongoing acting class in Los Angeles, The Praxis Studio. Hugh has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and at over a dozen of the nation’s most respected Regional Theatres and Shakespeare Festivals. He is a founding member of New York City’s Mint Theatre Company (2002 Drama Desk Award). For four years Hugh portrayed Jeff Singer on AMC’s critically acclaimed, Emmy and CableAce award-winning show Remember WENN (SAG Award nomination). Other television: HBO’s multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning John Adams, for CBS Still Standing, That’s Life, and for NBC The 10th Kingdom, Law & Order and ER. Film: Killers, Upstate, The Bend. Hugh is the author of the book “The Keys to Acting”, a workbook for university-level non-major acting classes. Hugh earned his BA from Cornell University and MFA in Acting from the University of Washington.

 

Len Petit
Lenard Petit is the Director of The Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York City and the author of The Michael Chekhov Handbook, for the Actor. Mr. Petit is a founding member of the Michael Chekhov Association and teaches in MICHA’s DVD series, Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique.  He has directed plays and performance pieces on and off Broadway and in the UK. As an actor, he has performed in work directed by Julie Taymor, Meredith Monk, Richard Foreman, Ping Chong, and many others. He studied with the original members of the Michael Chekhov’s Theater School and has taught master classes at The International School for Film and Television in Munich, Helsinki University, as well as master classes and workshops in Denmark, Amsterdam, Madrid, Berlin, Zurich, London, Riga, and Irkutsk, Siberia. For the past 18 years, Mr. Petit has taught in the MFA and BFA Acting programs at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

 

Ted Pugh
Ted Pugh is the co-artistic director of The Actors’ Ensemble of New York and has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Regional theaters around the United States.  After having trained at the Michael Chekhov Studio in New York City, Mr. Pugh was certified as a teacher by Beatrice Straight and Deirdre du Prey in 1983, and was on the faculty at the Studio for the last seven years of its existence. Mr. Pugh has also taught workshops throughout the U.S., Europe, Russia and Australia.  A founding member of the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut under the direction of Jon Jory, he began his career at Arena Stage in Washington DC in 1962.  Along with Ragnar Freidank and Fern Sloan, he is co-founder of The Michael Chekhov School in Hudson, NY.

 

Mel Shrawder
Mel Shrawder is a member of the faculty at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York where he also teaches in the Art of The Actor Series. He participated as an actor in MICHA’s  Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique DVD Series.  A certified Reiki Master, he places great emphasis upon energy work within the confines of Chekhov’s guiding principles.  He has performed with the New York Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage and many other regional theatres across the country, as well as appearing in film and television. Mr. Shrawder received his training at the North Carolina School of the Arts and subsequently went on to head the performance program at the University of Miami where he was awarded a faculty grant to study at the National Theatre of Great Britain. His early teaching centered on the approaches of Meisner, Strasberg, Hagen and improvisational training, until encountering the Michael Chekhov work.

 

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Fern Sloan, an actress for over 40 years, is co-founder and co-artistic director of The Actors’ Ensemble and has performed and taught the Michael Chekhov technique in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. Along with Ted Pugh and Ragnar Freidank, she is also co-founder of The Michael Chekhov School in Hudson, NY.  Fern was certified by the Michael Chekhov Studio in New York City to teach the work of Michael Chekhov and was on its faculty for the last three years of its existence. She was co-director and on the faculty of the Speech and Drama Program of Sunbridge College. Prior to founding The Actors’ Ensemble, Ms. Sloan played leading roles in numerous regional theaters in the US and Off-Broadway. Together with Jessica Cerullo, Ms. Sloan wrote the MICHA Workbook to assist those practically studying the Chekhov technique. https://michaelchekhovschool.org

David Zinder
David Zinder is an acting trainer and free-lance international director. Since 2002 he has been directing extensively at professional repertory theatres in Romania. He is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Theatre Arts at Tel Aviv University in Israel where he taught acting and directing for 28 years. After studying acting in the 1960’s with Peter Frye, a former student of Michael Chekhov’s, Mr. Zinder was re-introduced to the Chekhov Technique in the early 90’s by Mala Powers and has been studying and teaching the Technique ever since. The second edition of his book on acting training, Body Voice Imagination: ImageWork Training and the Chekhov Technique, came out in 2010. Mr. Zinder received his B.A. in Drama from Manchester University, England and his PhD at the Drama Department of the University of California at Berkeley. His PhD thesis, The Surrealist Connection: An Approach to a Surrealist Aesthetic of Theatre was published by UMI (Ann Arbor) in 1981.