MICHA maintains an imprint and an archive dedicated to keeping Michael Chekhov’s writings and teachings in circulation. Supported by our Members and the National Endowment for the Arts we produced the twelve part video series Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique. Our archive of materials is available to the MICHA community at our annual workshop. You can purchase some of our materials using the links provided on this page.
PUBLICATIONS FOR PURCHASE
In collaboration with the estates of Michael Chekhov and Deirdre Hurst du Prey, MICHA is committed to bringing Chekhov's writings and teachings into print.
Michael Chekhov's Lessons for Teachers
Learn more, view excerpts, and read reviews here. A newly expanded collection of Michael Chekhov’s lectures and technique, published in English, German and Russian. This new edition supplements the 18 lessons from Chekhov’s original book (published in 2000) with nine additional lectures from "The Actor is the Theater" Chekhov archive. The book is transcribed from the original shorthand notes by Deirdre Hurst du Prey. Edited and Introduced by longtime MICHA faculty member Jessica Cerullo, it was translated into German by Ragnar Freidank and Mani Wintsch and into Russian by Maxim Krivosheyev. Available in both hard copy.
Listen to an interview with editor Jessica Cerullo on the podcast Everything Is But the Door to the Feelings here.
A Tale About Lies and How Quickly They Spread Across the Earth
This original folktale was written by Michael Chekhov. His story, illustrated with his hand cut watercolors, was originally presented on 12 x 16 inch sheets to achieve a three dimensional effect. This limited edition publication presents beautiful reproductions of Chekhov’s original pages and retains the original script written in a folkloric style unique to the Russian language with side-by-side translation into English. Available in hard copy and as a downloadable PDF.
Michael Chekhov: Critical Issues Reflections Dreams
MICHA published this book in celebration of its 10th anniversary. In it MICHA faculty members Marjolein Baars, Ragnar Freidank, Joanna Merlin, Lenard Petit, Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan reflect on their first encounters with Chekhov's technique. Collectively these reflections tell the underlying story of MICHA and the rich lineage that precedes the formation of our Association. In addition, members of MICHA’s wide reaching community offer extensive articles that delve into more critical issues. Maria Cominis, Sheldon Deckelbaum, Scott Fielding, Leslie-Ann Timlick and Michael Yawney write on topics that range from discussing the significance of Chekhov and Stanislavsky's views on divided and dual consciousness to directing utilizing the invisible conditions inherent in style. Other articles examine ways that the Chekhov Technique has been taught and viewed in tandem with the work of Moshe Feldenkrais, Uta Hagen, Jerzy Grotowski as well as the Suzuki and Viewpoints methods. 70 pages and printed in full color.
Session 1 - Waking up the Instrument
Session 2 - The Four Brothers
Session 3 - Expanding & Contracting
Session 4 - Qualities of Movement I
Session 5 - Qualities of Movement II
Session 6 - Radiating and Receiving
Session 7 - Psychological Gesture
Session 8 - Imaginary Centers
Session 9 - Sensations
Session 10 - Imaginary Body
Session 11 - Atmosphere
Session 12 - Ghost Exercise
Session 13 - Remembering Michael Chekhov
MICHA’s Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique DVD series brings the essential elements of Michael Chekhov’s technique to life in a way that is clear, engaging, practical, and dynamic. A training tool for teachers, students, actors, and directors, the series was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. It features classes with many of the world’s leading practitioners and teachers. Included in the series is a panel discussion with Michael Chekhov’s students Jack Colvin, Joanna Merlin and Mala Powers.
The 12 classes can be purchased individually via online streaming. Streaming links expire 24 hours after purchase. A discounted bundle for all classes is also available, with streaming links available for 72 hours.
THE BEAUTIFUL HILLS OF BROOKLYN
Occasionally MICHA will present, produce or support creative projects. The award-winning short film, Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn, is one such project involving numerous members of the MICHA community. Starting Joanna Merlin and directed by Ragnar Freidank, the film is a transcendent story of the human spirit, told through the ordinary, daily life of an elderly woman — strong, independent and unsentimental — the kind of life that goes on quietly among us, hidden from view, full of undiscovered riches.
Stream it through Vimeo-on-demand here. Watch the trailer below.
Additional recommended reading materials currently in print:
To the Actor, on the Technique of Acting by Michael Chekhov, Routledge
Lessons for the Professional Actor by Michael Chekhov, PAJ books
The Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov edited by Marie Christine Autant-Mathieu and Yana Meerzon (includes M.A. Ivonova’s chronology of Chekhov’s life and work) Routledge
The Actor is the Theatre, a collection of Michael Chekhov's unpublished notes and manuscripts created by Deirdre Hurst du Prey is deposited at the: