Bibliography


Michael Chekhov’s primary book is entitled To The Actor: On the Technique of Acting. In it Chekhov describes his approach to acting and includes detailed descriptions of exercises. The most recent version is published by Routledge with an introduction by Simon Callow. (Previous versions are titled To the Actor and On the Technique of Acting, and are out of print.) In 2006 MICHA produced the DVD series Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique to act as a companion to To the Actor in an effort to support the practical study of Chekhov’s technique. The bibliography listed below includes all of Chekhov’s books that are printed in English. It also includes a filmography and an incomplete list of books published about Chekhov and about integrating the Chekhov work with other approaches.

'To the Actor' by Michael Chekhov       Director and Playwright      Teachers      autobiography      Lessons for the Professional Actor

TO THE ACTOR : On the Technique of Acting 
By Michael Chekhov Revised and expanded edition, foreword by Simon Callow, with a previously unpublished chapter on Psychological Gesture translated by Andrei Malaev Babel and a biographical overview by Mala Powers. Routledge
ISBN: 0415258766

LESSONS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL ACTOR 
By Michael Chekhov, Edited by Deirdre Hurst du Prey 
Performing Arts Journal Publication Books, NY 
ISBN# 093382680X

LESSONS TO TEACHERS 
(out of print) by Michael Chekhov, Edited by Deirdre Hurst du Prey 
Dovehouse Editions

MICHAEL CHEKHOV’S TO THE DIRECTOR AND PLAYWRIGHT Compiled and written by Charles Leonard 
Limelight Editions, Proscenium Publishers, New York 
ISBN# 0837196159

ON THE TECHNIQUE OF ACTING 
By Michael Chekhov, Edited by Mel Gordon 
Preface and Afterward by Mala Powers 
Harper Collins, New York ISBN: 0062730371

ON THEATER AND THE ART OF ACTING 
Recorded by Michael Chekhov 
Edited, and with a 48 page course guide, by Mala Powers 
Applause Theater Books, New York. 4 CDs
 ISBN: 1557831173

THE PATH OF THE ACTOR (with selections from Life and Encounters, autobiography) by Michael Chekhov, edited by Andrei Kirillov and Bella Merlin, Routledge

 

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ACTOR TRAINING second edition edited by Alison Hodge with a chapter titled ‘Michael Chekhov on the technique of acting: ‘Was Don Quixote true to life?’ by Franc Chamberlain, Routledge 2010 ISBN: 0415471680

AUDITIONING: An Actor Friendly Guide By Joanna Merlin 
Vintage Books 
ISBN: 0375725377

BODY VOICE IMAGINATION: Imagework Training and the Chekhov Technique, 2nd Edition 
by David Zinder 
Routledge, 2009

DRAMA REVIEW-MICHAEL CHEKHOV EDITION 
Volume 27, number 3 (t99) Fall 1983 
The MIT Press, Journals Dept. 
28 Carleton St., Cambridge MA 02142

THE END OF ACTING: A Radical View 
By Richard Hornby 
Applause Theatre Books, New York 
ISBN: 1557832137

FROM RUSSIA TO HOLLYWOOD: The 100-Year Odyssey of Chekhov and Shdanoff Directed by Frederick Keeve

MASTER CLASSES IN THE MICHAEL CHEKHOV TECHNIQUE DVD set By MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association. Teachers: Joanna Merlin, Ted Pugh, Ferns Sloan, Lenard Petit, Ragnar Freidank, Routledge; 2007.

MICHAEL CHEKHOV 
By Franc Chamberlain 
(Routledge Performance Practitioners) Routledge; 2003.
ISBN: 0415258782

MICHAEL CHEKHOV AS ACTOR, DIRECTOR AND TEACHER IN THE WEST: From Moscow to Los Angeles by Liisa Byckling http://www.helsinki.fi/lehdet/uh/101g.htm

THE MICHAEL CHEKHOV HANDBOOK: For the Actor By Lenard Petit Routledge 2010. ISBN: 0415496721

MICHAEL CHEKHOV: CRITICAL ISSUES, REFLECTIONS, DREAMS Edited by Jessica Cerullo, MICHA 2009.

MIKHAIL CHEKHOV AS ACTOR, DIRECTOR, AND TEACHER 
By Lendley C. Black 
UMI Research Press ~ Ann Arbor, MI 48106

THE OTHER CHEKHOV: A Biography of Michael Chekhov, The Legendary Actor-director & Theorist 
By Charles Marowitz 
Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation; 2004.
ISBN: 155783640X

THE PATH OF A CHARACTER: Michael Chekhov’s Inspired Acting and Theatre Semiotics. 
By Yana Meerzon 
Peter Lang, 2005. 
ISBN: 363153096-X 
US-ISBN: 0820473693 www.peterlang.de

THE RHYTHM OF SPACE AND THE SOUND OF TIME: Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique in the 21st Century by Cynthia Ashperger Rodopi, 2008, ISBN:9789042023871

THE RUSSIANS IN BRITAIN Edited by Jonathan Pitches with a chapter about Michael Chekhov by Jerri Daboo

THE STANISLAVSKY TECHNIQUE: RUSSIA 
By Mel Gordon 
Applause Theater Books, New York.
ISBN: 0936839082

THE VAKHTANGOV SOURCEBOOK edited by Andrei Malaev-Babel Routledge 2011, ISBN: 0415482577

WANDERING STARS: Russian Emigre Theatre, 1905-1940 
Edited by Laurence Senelick 
University of Iowa Press ISBN: 0877453896

TORONTO SLAVIC QUARTERLY 
has several articles about Michael Chekhov on line.
http://www.utoronto.ca/tsq/04/meerzon04.shtml
http://www.utoronto.ca/tsq/01/chekhovwest.shtml
http://www.utoronto.ca/tsq/04/ashperger04.shtml
http://www.utoronto.ca/tsq/04/chamberlain04.shtml

 

Filmography
Michael Chekhov and Ingrid Bergman in Hitchcock's Spellbound

Ingrid Bergman and Chekhov in Hitchcock’s ‘Spellbound’ for which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor

1913 “Tercentenary of the Romanov Dynasty’s Accession” directed by Nkolai Larin, Alexandr Uralsky
1914 “When the Strings of the Heart Sound” directed by Boris Sushkevich
1915 “Shkaf s surprizom” directed by Vyacheslav Viskovsky
1915 “Cricket on the Hearth” directed by Boris Sushkevich, Aleksander Uralsky
1916 “Love’s Surprises are Futile” directed by Vyacheslav Viskovsky
1927 “Einer gegen alle” directed by Nunzio Malasomma
1927 “Man from the Restaurant” directed by Yakov Protazanov
1929 “Der Narr seiner Liebe” directed by Olga Tschechowa
1930 “Troika” directed by Vladimir Strizhevsky
1930 “Phantome des Glucks” directed by Reinhold Schunzel
1944 “Song of Russia” directed by Gregory Ratoff
1944 “In Our Time” directed by Vincent Sherman
1945 “Spellbound” directed by Alfred Hitchcock
1945/1946 “Cross My Heart” directed by John Berry
1946 “Spectre of the Rose” directed by B. Hecht
1946 “Abie’s Irish Rose” directed by Edward Sutherland
1948 “Texas, Brooklyn and Heaven” directed by William Castle
1952 “Invitation” directed by G. Reinhardt
1952 “Holiday for Sinners” directed by Gerald Mayer
1954 “Rhapsody” directed by Charles Vidor