Michael Chekhov Technique
“This course was amazing! It really allowed me to look beyond basic techniques. The teachings of Chekhov will be in my bag of tricks for years to come.”
An introduction to the acting techniques of one of the major acting theorists and teachers of the 20th century—techniques used by Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Monroe and many others. Actors learn to employ psychological gesture to find the core of the character, through experiential approaches employing physical action that in turn creates a unique and personal foundation for any role.
Joe Martin has directed over 50 professional productions, as well as student productions at universities in the DC area. He is a four-time recipient of Fulbrights in Theatre for his international work, and a two-time recipient of Rockefeller Foundation grants for original theatrical creations. His credits include major works by Strindberg, Tennessee Williams, his own stage adaptation of Rumi’s MATHNAVI, Buchner, Dario Fo, Shakespeare, Brecht, Sam Shepard, Chekhov, Ibsen, among many others, including his own original works. He has been a regular instructor in Viewpoints at the El Haddawi Winter School for performance near Munich, and at summer institutes at American University and Catholic University in Washington DC. He is the author of several dozen original plays, adaptations and translations. Since 2009 he has been part of the faculty team building the Theatre Arts and Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University, where he is a full-time lecturer.