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INTERNATIONAL MICHAEL CHEKHOV WORKSHOP, FESTIVAL, AND TEACHER TRAINING

Connecticut College, New London, CT
June 16 - 28, 2019

REGISTER FOR WORKSHOP

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.

A limited number of work-study positions are available. Details can be found here.

WEEK ONE

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP AND FESTIVAL

June 16-22, 2019
Investment: $1,200 USD (plus $100 non-refundable registration fee to reserve your spot) 
REGISTER HERE

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

2019 Faculty include: Bethany Caputo, Jessica Cerullo, Ragnar Freidank, Sol Garre, Craig Mathers, Joanna Merlin and Lenard Petit.

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.

When you register you will be asked to select a “track”. You may choose from the five following options:

FUNDAMENTALS: For those meeting the Chekhov work for the first time, or for those who wish to focus on the fundamental aspects of the technique.  

INTERMEDIATE: For those who already possess practical experience with the fundamentals of the technique and wish to deepen their embodied understanding.  

ADVANCED: For RETURNING participants only:  For those who have extensive experience and wish to incorporate Chekhov’s technique into short scenes, monologues and improvisations.  

DIRECTING: For RETURNING & ADVANCED participants only: For those who already possess an Advanced level of practical experience with the Chekhov Technique and wish to apply the technique as directors. Lenard Petit will lead this track.

RETREAT-The Pause: For current Members only.

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20th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

ONE DAY SPECIAL EVENT

June 22, 2019 1:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Mark your calendars — MICHA is busy planning a special 20th birthday celebration. Details will be shared in the new year!

WEEK TWO

TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOPS 

REGISTER HERE

June 24-28, 2019
MICHA offers teachers and actors an opportunity to deepen their study in the Michael Chekhov technique so that they may return to their rehearsals and classrooms with a greater grasp of the technique. There are 5 different ways you can study with MICHA during the second week of the workshop. Choose One. To learn more about our Teacher Training Certificate of Completion, click here.  

Teacher Training 1: the actor becomes the teacher - who we are and how we give the tools 

For those attending a teacher training workshop for the first time.

  • Investment: $875 (plus $100 non-refundable registration fee to reserve your spot)

  • Open enrollment

  • FACULTY include: Dawn Arnold, Sol Garre, Craig Mathers, Joanna Merlin

Teacher Training 2: the teacher gives the technique - how we teach the tools 

  • Investment: $875 (plus $100 non-refundable registration fee to reserve your spot)

  • Open enrollment

  • FACULTY include: Dawn Arnold, Sol Garre, Craig Mathers, Joanna Merlin

Teacher Training 3: the technique becomes the teacher - how we deepen and grow

  • Investment: $975 (plus $100 non-refundable registration fee to reserve your spot)

  • Admission by application only, download application HERE.

  • FACULTY include: Fern Sloan and John McManus. Phil Weaver-Stoesz will facilitate the critical response process.

  • Limited to no more than 6 participants.

  • Those accepted into the Teacher Training 3 (formerly advanced teacher training) 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 Teacher Training 1 or 2.

Advanced Scene Study: the Chekhov actor and practical application of the technique

  • Investment: $975 (plus $100 non-refundable registration fee to reserve your spot)

  • Admission by application for those who attended week 1, download the application here.

  • FACULTY include: Ted Pugh and TBA.

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SCHOLAR LAB

June 24-28 2019 (The 2019 Scholar will be announced November 1, 2019)
Investment:
$400 (for either/both labs. Plus $100 non refundable registration fee to reserve your spot)
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Every year, MICHA awards a scholar the opportunity of a “Lab” to continue their exploration of Michael Chekhov’s work. Participants in the lab are invited to balance their time between working in the lab and in the archive.

The 2019 Scholar Awardee is Margaret Laurena Kemp. 

•Margaret Laurena Kemp will explore the ways Michael Chekhov Technique speaks to the relationship between dance and blocking in performance. She hopes to discover the ways in which the technique awakens a “kinesthetic empathy” with the performer that reaches beyond a mental or emotional reaction to the work and opens the path for a lasting empathetic bond with the performer, performance and the chosen texts. Daily practice during the lab will include working in the studio and in the natural world activating the technique as physical language to embody interrelationship between body, sound and existing fiction and non-fiction texts from both outside and inside the theatrical cannon. 

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THE PAUSE

A SELF-GUIDED RETREAT

Investment: $400 (plus $100 non refundable registration fee to reserve your spot)
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• Available during Week One
• 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

HOUSING

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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