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.