Michael Chekhov Europe


"As Michael Chekhov’s pupil, I learned more than acting... Every time he spoke, the world seemed to become bigger and more exciting... Acting became an art that increased your life and mind."

Marilyn Monroe


MCE offers workshops in Germany, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, North-Macedonia, Lebanon, Turkey, Russia, Armenia, and Israel. We also work in East Asia and Latin America, in collaboration with studios in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and Uruguay. Working language is English. On stage, participants may act in their own language.


Michael Chekhov Europe Training

Our educational programme Michael Chekhov Europe Training covers the whole Chekhov Technique in six modules and one individual project. The full programme can be achieved within two years. It is possible to enter at any module.

Module 1: Making Contact: Living Images: Body – Imagination – Emotion
Module 2: The Moving Space: Atmosphere – Creative Individuality – Play
Module 3: Psychological Gesture: The Spine of the Character: Objectives – Qualities – Archetypes
Module 4: ‘Me’ is The Other: Transforming into the Character: Imaginary centres – Imaginary body
Module 5: Communion with the Audience: Giving – Receiving – Sharing
Module 6: The Architecture of Performance: Improvisation – Composition – Style
Project: What I have to say! Applying the technique in your own artistic working field

The Training Programme has been created by MCE founding members Ulrich Meyer-Horsch, Suzana Nikolic, and Jesper Michelsen. It is taught by a faculty of 25 teachers from different countries (see below).

Download Programme:  michaelchekhovtraining
Further information:  Michael Chekhov Europe Training
Our studio in Zagreb:  www.studiochekhov.hr
Our school in Hamburg:  www.sfsh.de/chekhov-international



Michael Chekhov Europe Training


Workshops 2023


2nd International Summer Academy

Hamburg, Germany, July 14-20, 2023

• Suzana Nikolic, Zagreb, Croatia
• Ramith Ramesh, Kerala, India
• Prajith Prasad, Kerala, India
• Jan Oberndorff, Hamburg, Germany
• Ulrich Meyer-Horsch, Hamburg, Germany

Chekhov Technique meets
• Clowning (Europe and South Asia),
• Traditional Kudiyattam theatre (India),
• Suzuki movement training (Japan),
• Physical theatre with masks
• Intercultural Theatre approaches from Singapore, India and Europe

This annual intercultural encounter brings performance and training approaches from different backgrounds and continents into a practical exchange. You will intensively study the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, and at the same time you will be in dialogue with other artistic traditions and performance techniques from around the globe. Our guiding topic is: THE AUDIENCE. It will open new perspectives on Acting, Movement, Characterization, Relationships, Style, Body & Space. There will be different workshop tracks in the morning and afternoon, followed by showcases, events and open classes in the evening. The daily training sessions can be combined so you will get a sense of each of the offered forms.

• Including MCE Training module 5: Communion with the Audience
• Costs: 640,-- € (regular) / 580,-- € (early bird)
• Please ask for our additional Teachers Training for experienced acting teachers!
• Further details:  Chekhov_Summer_Academy_2023_Hamburg_MCE.pdf
 www.sfsh.de/chekhov-international and  Mail: chekhov@sfsh.de



13th Michael Chekhov International Summer Academy
The Architecture of Performance

Groznjan, Croatia, July 30 - August 3, 2023

• Suzana Nikolic, Zagreb, Croatia,
• Jesper Michelsen, Copenhagen, Denmark
• Ulrich Meyer-Horsch, Hamburg, Germany

Improvisation as Art is the core of the creative process. It includes curiosity to take risks, to open up for the unknown and surprising as well as the skill to shape the given material – may it be text, movement, music or space. Creating and rehearsing a play, choreography or a musical score, needs a strong sense for Rhythm and Tempo. This is where Composition comes into play. The Feeling for Composition creates contours and gives the expression of ideas, dialogues, movements, shapes and colors a deeper meaning and visible form. The scenic village of Groznjan welcomes you again to MCE’s annual summer event in Istria.

• MCE Training module 6
• Costs: 480,-- € / 440,-- €
• Further details:  Mail: suzana@adu.hr



Building a Character: ‘Me’ is the Other
Hamburg, Germany, September 30 - October 3, 2023

“All true artists bear within themselves a deeply rooted and often unconscious desire for transformation.” (M. Chekhov) The “Other”, i.e. the character in a play, is always bigger than the personal experience of the performer. Michael Chekhov therefore asks us to look at the differences between the character and ourselves rather than at the similarities. If we dive into the inner and outer world of this other person, we will discover a whole new world.

• Faculty to be announced
• MCE Training module 4 / Chekhov International Autumn School at SfSH
• Further information  www.sfsh.de/chekhov-international and  Mail: chekhov@sfsh.de


More workshops are planned in: Skopje (North Macedonia); Tokyo and Osaka (Japan); and other cities – details to be announced.

International faculty and guest teachers:
Suzana Nikolic (Croatia), Ulrich Meyer-Horsch (Germany), Jesper Michelsen (Denmark), David Zinder (Israel), Jobst Langhans (Germany), Asa Salvesen (Finland), Lenard Petit (USA), Sol Garre (Spain), Olivia Rόdinger (Germany/USA), Joanna Merlin (USA), Ted Pugh (USA), Sarah Kane (UK), Marjolein Baars (Netherlands), Jessica Cerullo (USA), Hugh O’Gorman (USA), Jan Oberndorff (Germany), Craig Mathers (USA), Anne Gottlieb (USA), Cynthia Ashperger (Canada), Dawn Arnold (USA), Burcu Halacoglu (Turkey), Elsa Valentim (Portugal), Tarja Nyberg (Finland)

The complete Training Programme is also taught at: Schule fόr Schauspiel Hamburg (Germany); StudioChekhov Croatia (Zagreb); and Yeditepe University Istanbul (Turkey).

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