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Michael Chekhov

Anton Chekhov’s nephew and Stanislavski’s star student, Michael Chekhov developed his own acting technique after exile from Russia brought him to Europe and the United States in the late 1920s. Chekhov pioneered a psycho-physical approach to acting, focusing on the mind, body, and conscious awareness of the senses. 

Coach Richard believes strongly in the phsycho-physical connection and the use of active imagination and Psycho-Physical Exercises (PPE) to restore the artist’s ability to move/speak on-demand in character. Comfort and practice in PPE allow an actor to easily express character images, apply changes, and implement given direction instantaneously. Richard believes that effective Psycho-physical connection combined with principles of Neuroaesthetics such as Primal Thought and Character Confidence ground the modern film and television actor’s ability to create imaginative performances.

Recognized actors who use the techniques of Michael Chekhov are Clint Eastwood, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Hunt, and Jack Nicholson are all students of the Chekhov Technique.

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