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INTERNATIONAL MICHAEL CHEKHOV WORKSHOP, FESTIVAL, AND TEACHER TRAINING

Connecticut College, New London, CT
2019 dates will be announced August 29, 2018.

Since incorporating in 1999, MICHA has offered training and support to thousands of dedicated professional actors, directors, choreographers, performers, scholars and teachers from around the world. Each year MICHA assembles for two weeks of intensive study and exchange in Michael Chekhov's Technique. Approximately 80 artists gather together each year to take part in practical classes. You can register for week one, week two, or for both weeks. Artists new to the Chekhov work are welcome to attend. Classes are organized into Introductory, Continuing and Advanced, and by theme. Our class size ranges from 8-25.

WEEK ONE

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP AND FESTIVAL

June 2019
Investment: $1,200 USD (plus $100 non-refundable registration fee to reserve your spot) 
Registration opens November 1 for MICHA members. Open registration November 19.

Workshop participants explore the Michael Chekhov Technique in classes led by an international faculty of Chekhov practitioners. A typical day: 

• 9 a.m. start with a physical warm-up
• Morning class (about 3 hours)
• Lunch (included in tuition)
• Afternoon class (about 3 hours)
• Dinner (included in tuition)
• Participants are invited to create and attend evening offerings in the form of low-tech performances, lectures and discussions. Formal evening events are sometimes scheduled.
• Participants are invited to attend early morning meditation, mid afternoon somatic practices, and group singing sessions.

Our workshop participants are professional actors, teachers and directors. Committed students may attend on the recommendation of a faculty member. Previous experience in the Chekhov Technique is not necessary in order to attend.  

Week 1 Faculty will be announced November 1, 2018.

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THEATER OF THE FUTURE

ONE DAY SPECIAL EVENT

June 22, 2019
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Investment: 
• 
No fee for workshop registrants, no additional registration needed
• $30 for non-registrants, registration opens in November 2018.

WEEK TWO

TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOPS 

June 2019 (exact dates will be announced August 29, 2018)
MICHA offers teachers an opportunity to study the elements of the Michael Chekhov technique so that they may return to their rehearsals and classrooms with a greater grasp of the technique. Through MICHA’s International Workshop, Basic, and Advanced Teacher Training Workshops we expect teaching artists will increase their embodied understanding of the Chekhov Technique. We encourage teaching artists to consider their unique way of incorporating the technique and offer opportunities for everyone to practice giving meaningful feedback to their fellow teachers-in-training. To learn more about our Teacher Training Certificate of Completion, click here.  

Basic Teacher Training (BTTW) 

  • Investment: $875 (plus $100 non-refundable registration fee to reserve your spot) 
  • Open enrollment
  • Faculty: will be announced November 1, 2018
  • Registration opens November 1 for MICHA members. Open registration November 19.

Advanced Teacher Training (ATTW)

  • Investment: $975 (plus $100 non-refundable registration fee to reserve your spot) 
  • Admission by application only, download application 
  • Faculty: will be announced November 1, 2018
  • Strictly limited to no more than 8 participants
  • Those accepted into the ATTW will teach a 45-minute class and will receive 45 minutes of facilitated feedback.
  • Those who apply and are not accepted have the opportunity to enroll in the BTTW.
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SCHOLAR & DIRECTOR LABS

June 2019 (exact dates will be announced August 29, 2018)
Investment:
$400 (for either/both labs. Plus $100 non refundable registration fee to reserve your spot)
Registration opens November 1 for MICHA members. Open registration November 19.

Every year, MICHA awards a scholar and a director the opportunity of a “Lab” to continue their exploration of Michael Chekhov’s work. Participants are invited to work with the Scholar and Director winners in their respective labs.

The 2018 Scholar Awardees were Kristi Dana and Megan Schy Gleeson. 

• Kristi Dana organized a Scholar Lab to investigate the intersection of the Miller Voice Method with the Michael Chekhov Technique in actor training as a means to assist the performer in greater access to psychophysical impulses while simultaneously releasing maximum information and authenticity through their sound.Kristi held open studio hours for the purposes of practical exploration.

• Megan Schy Gleeson's director’s lab focused on Generating New Work -- working with already scripted material or spinning off into untraveled terrain -- using the Chekhov Technique in conjunction with other techniques in an integrated approach.  Playwright Cynthia Chapman joined Megan in this Lab with a new play to be work-shopped!

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THE PAUSE

A SELF-GUIDED RETREAT

Investment: $400 (plus $100 non refundable registration fee to reserve your spot)
Registration opens November 1 for MICHA members. Open registration November 19.

• Available during both Week One and Week Two
• Open to participants with current MICHA Membership
• Community support and archival resources available

We recognize that some members of our community who would like to come together outside the structure of classes. The PAUSE is a self-organized retreat that supports independent study, group exploration, and informal conversation.  

During Week One, PAUSE participants may elect to: 

• Participate in group morning warm-ups and
• Attend selected evening performances or lectures

During Week Two, PAUSE Participants may elect to participate: 

• in the Scholar Lab and/or
• in the Director Lab and/or
• in the Advanced Teacher Trainees’ 45-minute classes

HOUSING

Connecticut College dormitory rooms are available for our workshop participants. The rooms are clean and spartan with a single bed and include sheets, pillow, light blanket and bath towels. Participants often choose to bring an additional blanket and a few other comforts from home.

The rooms share communal bathrooms located in the main hallway.  

Housing fee is $50 per night.

If you choose to stay off-campus, there are many hotels in the New London area. We recommend a car or taxi to travel to campus.  Because of other events/conferences in the area, we encourage advance booking. Nearby hotels: 

• Holiday Inn, New London 35 Governor Winthrop Blvd. (tel. 860 443-7000)

Newly renovated and located in downtown New London, 2.5 miles from campus; restaurant onsite.

• Marriott Spring Hill Suites 401 N Frontage Road (tel. 860 439-0151)

Newly built hotel located 1.5 miles from campus with suites available for sharing; free breakfast included.

• Clarion Inn,  269  N Frontage Road (tel. 866 460-7456)

Located 1 mile from campus. Walking distance to a grocery store and chain restaurants. Due to the highway, it is unsafe walking to campus.

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TRAVEL

Peter Pan and Greyhound buses, as well as Amtrak trains service New London with regular arrivals from NYC and Boston.

The nearest airport is Groton/New London Airport (GON), about 10 minutes away. 

Other airports:

Providence, Rhode Island Airport, (PVD)
• approximately 1 hour away
• access to Amtrak train service to New London

Hartford/Springfield Bradley International Airport, (BDL)
• approximately  1 hour away
• difficult to get to New London without a car

Boston Logan International Airport, (BOS)
• approximately 1.75 hours away
• connection to  Amtrak train to New London

New York City (LGA or JFK) or Newark (EWR) Airports
• 3+ hours away
• Possible to eventually connect to an Amtrak train to New London

Any questions or concerns about travel or housing, please e-mail: inquiries (at) michaelchekhov.org