International Workshop and Festival

WORKSHOP & Theater of the Future-Open Space, Connecticut College, New London, CT June 26 – July 3, 2016

Registration will open in the Fall of 2015

Reserve your space with a $100 non-refundable registration fee. The workshop registers until full. Typically, the workshop fills.

Classes: June 26 – July 1, 2016

Theater of the Future, Open Space: July 2 & 3, 2016

You may register for the Theater of the Future-Open Space without registering for the workshop.

2016 Faculty: t.b.a.

Workshop participants are professional actors, teachers and directors. Committed performance students may attend on the recommendation of a faculty member. Previous experience in the Chekhov Technique is not necessary in order to attend. A typical day begins with a warm-up followed by a morning and afternoon class. Evenings are devoted to special workshops, performances and lectures from the MICHA Community.

Theater of the Future-Open Space participants are professional and pre-professional performers, directors, teachers, scholars, students and anyone else who is inspired by Michael Chekhov’s technique. Sessions are convened based on the passion, inquisitiveness and knowledge of those in attendance.

THE PAUSE: A Retreat (an alternate option for returning attendees)

“The most beautiful pauses are those which are the continuation of something, and then the turning point of preparation for something new, a new action. Michael Chekhov, Lessons for the Professional Actor

After 17 Years of Workshops, MICHA recognizes there may be members of our community who would like to come together outside the structure of classes in the form of a retreat that supports independent study and informal conversation. A time to reflect, to study the materials in MICHA’s library, to walk on the beach, or in the arboretum and to generally live outside the demands of our normal course of life. This year, parallel to our workshop program we offer a retreat option to any returning participant and 2015 MICHA member. You may elect to participate in morning warm-ups, afternoon guided rest and selected evening performances or lectures. The fee is inclusive of communal lunch and dinner meals. If you wish to observe classes an additional observer’s fee of $75 will be charged daily.

Workshop Schedule

June 26

1:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Registration at Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320

4:30-9 p.m. Opening Day Meeting, Dinner and First Evening Workshop Class

June 27 – July 1

9-5:30 Classes

7-9 p.m. optional evening performances/discussions/workshops.

Wednesday, June 29 nite off (no dinner meal served; explore the community)

Check out of dormitory rooms on July 2 or remain for the Theater of the Future, Open Space until July 3.

Fees t.b.a.*

Workshop June 26-July 1 (includes classes and lunch and dinner meals with the exception of dinner June 29; breakfast meals are separate from workshop fee and are included with fee for housing)

The PAUSE: A Retreat June 26-July 1  (includes lunch and dinner meals with the exception of dinner June 29; breakfast meals are separate from workshop fee and are included with fee for housing)

Theater of the Future-Open Space July 2 at 11 a.m. – July 3 at 3 p.m. (includes registration, lunches and dinner on July 2; breakfast meals are separate from workshop fee and are included with fee for housing)

Watch a video describing the Theater of the Future

* Faculty are subject to change.

Housing
$350 7 days in campus dormitory housing with shared bathrooms, arrival June 26 departure July 3 (includes breakfast June 27-July 3)
$300 6 days in campus dormitory housing with shared bathrooms, arrival June 26 departure July 2 (includes breakfast June 27-July 2)
$50 1 day on campus dormitory housing with shared bathrooms, arrival July 2 departure July 3 (includes breakfast on July 3)

If you need to arrive on June 25 we can accommodate you at the rate of $100 per night (this fee includes breakfast and lunch on June 26).

If you need to depart on July 4 we can accommodate you at the rate of $50 per night (this fee includes a limited item breakfast the morning of July 4th as this is a National Holiday and the dining hall will be closed).

Dorm rooms are clean and spartan with a single bed and are inclusive of sheets, pillow, light blanket and bath towels.  The rooms share communal bathrooms in the main hallway. Participants often choose to bring an additional blanket and a few other comforts from home to enhance the spartan environment.

There are many hotels in the New London area, many of which include free breakfast. We recommend a car or taxi to travel to campus.

Nearby hotels, 1-3 miles from Connecticut College campus.
Holiday Inn, New London 860 443-7000 35 Governor Winthrop Blvd. A newly renovated hotel located in downtown New London, 2.5miles from campus; restaurant onsite.
Marriott Spring Hill Suites 401 N Frontage Road 860 439-0151. A newly built hotel located 1.5miles from campus with suites available for sharing a room; free breakfast included.
Clarion Inn,  269  N Frontage Road 866 460-7456. The Clarion Inn is 1+mile from campus (but not walkable) – it is walking distance to a grocery store and chain restaurants. If you say you are with the MICHA conference at Connecticut College they offer an $80 per night room rate plus taxes; free breakfast included.

Travel

Peter Pan/Greyhoud Bus and Amtrak Train services New London with regular arrivals from NYC and Boston.

The nearest airport is Groton/New London Airport (10 minutes).

Providence Rhode Island Airport is approximately 1 hour away and has access to Amtrak train service that will take you to New London.

Hartford/Springfield airport is 1 hour away but if you are not renting a car it is difficult to get to New London.

If you fly into Boston (2.5 hours away) you can also connect to an Amtrak train that will take you to New London.

If you fly into New York City or Newark (3+ hours away) you can eventually connect to an Amtrak train that can take you to New London.