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Michael Chekhov Acting Technique Training at The Leeward Theatre!

Michael Chekhov Acting Technique Training at The Leeward Theatre!

What: The Leeward Theatre Workshop Series Presents: Michael Chekhov Acting Technique Training

Where: The Leeward Theatre Alternate Space at Leeward Community College (room AM-101).

When: Saturday and Sunday May 6 & 7, from 1pm to 4pm each day.

Cost: FREE! Students and community members can attend the workshop at no cost. We recommend that you plan on coming both days.

General Contact: If you have a general question for the theatre, please contact The Leeward Theatre, (808) 455-0380, or email LTheatre@hawaii.edu

Getting Here: Please be aware that, due to ongoing rail construction, traffic may be heavier than normal. Please plan accordingly. The Theatre, and Leeward Community College campus, are still open for business as usual.

Michael Chekhov Acting Technique Training  at The Leeward Theatre!

The Leeward Theatre will hold a two-day intensive workshop on the Michael Chekhov acting technique in May.

Michael Chekhov was the nephew of playwright Anton Chekhov and was Stanislavsky’s ‘most brilliant pupil.’ He was known as one of Russia’s most talented and innovative actors, who intrigued his audiences with his imaginative and genuine character interpretations. After his exile from Russia and stays in Germany, France, England, he settled in America, where he continued his pioneering work.

He developed an acting technique; a ‘psycho-physical approach’, in which transformation, impulse control, imagination and inner and outer gesture are central. This technique offers clear and practical tools in working with imagination, feelings and atmosphere. Most importantly, it opens up the actor’s emotional availability and inspires courage to freely explore the role. It nourishes the actor’s ability to connect with the material and their acting partners and is emotionally and psychologically healthier than many other popular acting techniques. This technique goes beyond personal experience and leads actors to draw on their own ability to create and naturally respond to the experience of the character.

This unique opportunity offers an introduction to the use of the Michael Chekhov technique led by skilled director and actor-trainer, Ashley DeMoville. This Two-Day Intensive Workshop will change the way you think about acting and will give you the necessary skills to start using the technique immediately. Actors of all experience levels will leave this workshop rejuvenated and ready to keep playing! 

About the Instructor:

Ashley DeMoville (Teaching Artist)

As an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Ashley directs both freelance and educational theatre. She has worked as an actor and director in Hawai'i, California, and New Zealand and has directed award-winning pieces in both theatre and film. A specialist in actor training, Ashley has taught a variety of acting techniques on island including Introduction to Asian Acting Styles at UHM, TV/Film Acting at Kathy Muller Talent Agency, and Beginning Acting in the UHCC System. She has trained in the teaching of the Michael Chekhov Technique with both the renowned Joanna Merlin and with The Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. Ashley just accepted the role of Director of the Drama Program at Spokane Falls Community College, so she will be leaving Leeward Community College at the end of the semester.

About The Leeward Theatre:

Our ultimate goal here at The Leeward Theatre is to build community through live performance. The more of our community that is allowed to access our events the more likely it is for young people and other individuals to take action to improve their community. Creativity is life affirming – no matter the quality or value of what was created. It is a step toward life; toward adding something to the world that did not exist before. The Leeward Theatre exists as a place where creativity is practiced on a daily basis – where students, community members, and trained artists can engage with and empower one another. This is not just a building on a college campus - it is a living breathing extension of the community. It is a place that has the power to inspire, the power to enlighten, and the power to educate.

The Leeward Theatre is undergoing a major renovation thanks to the generous support of the Legislature, the Governor, and the University of Hawaii. Although we have a reduced season, we're not completely dark. Come check out the fantastic offerings we have lined up for our 43rd Season!


The Leeward Theatre
at Leeward Community College
96-045 Ala ‘Ike; Room TH-207
Pearl City, HI 96782
FAX: (808) 455-0384
PHONE: (808) 455-0380
Email: LTheatre@hawaii.edu
Web: http://LCCTheatre.hawaii.edu

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