Adult Summer Acting Workshops


“All true artists bear within themselves a deeply rooted and often unconscious desire for transformation.”

– Michael Chekhov

The Michael Chekhov Technique

The Michael Chekhov Acting Technique is a holistic approach to actor training. Focusing on impulse, imagination, and inner and outer gesture the actor seeks to liberate their creativity by activating their imagination from the outside in. This technique focuses on transformation through psycho-physical exploration. Connecting the mind and body is inspirational and an actor can reach new heights in character creation and performance. The technique offers clear and practical tools in working with imagination, feelings and atmosphere. If you are looking for truth and a deeper meaning in your artistry the Michael Chekhov Technique is for you.

**NOTE** This class will be very physical and highly transformative


Session One: Wading In-  Monday July 29 | 6-9pm

In this introductory session you will be introduced to the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. Focusing on the basics and philosophy the actor will begin to learn what *it* means to act with inspiration. Michael Chekhov believed in the power of Creative Individuality and this workshop will provide you with the means to tap into your higher artistic self. *Please bring a piece of text (memorized) to work with.* (Intermediate to Advanced students) Registration Fee: $35


Session Two: A Deeper Dive-  Monday August 12 | 6-9pm

In session two we will go deeper into our exploration as we begin to understand the true meaning to *(of)* psychophysical acting. We will briefly touch on Session One and go further into the technique by playing with Psychological Gesture and how it can ignite your character’s inner/emotional life. *Please bring a piece of text (memorized) to work with.* (Intermediate to Advanced students) Registration Fee: $35


Session Three: Complete Immersion-  Monday September 9 | 6-9pm

In our final session we will build on Sessions One/Two and begin to work with Chekhov’s Idea of the Imaginary Body and how you can create truthful and imaginative characters on stage. *Please bring a piece of text (memorized) to work with.* (Intermediate to Advanced students) Registration Fee: $35


John Smiley relocated from New York City in 2017 to become the Director of Theatre at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis. At CBHS John has directed The Seagull, Oliver!, Peter/Wendy, The Tempest, Death of a Salesman, Little Shop of Horrors, and Eurydice. For the Desoto Family Theatre he directed The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe and was nominated for a 2019 Allie Award for Best Director of a Drama. In addition to working at CBHS, he is also a board member of the  Tennessee Theatre Association. As an actor, John has performed regionally and in NYC. He is the former Co-Artistic Director of The Monk Parrots Theatre Co. and a proud member of Actors Equity. Additionally John is a member of the Michael Chekhov association and he recently completed his Teacher Training Certificate in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. John holds an MFA in Acting from the University of Texas where he also served as an Assistant Instructor of Acting and Voice.



Adult Theatre School- Summer Acting Workshop Registration

After submitting this form, you should receive a confirmation email from Jason Gerhard, Theatre School program director, within 1-3 business days.
Payment information will sent with this confirmation. If you have any questions, please contact Jason Gerhard at or 901-937-6475.

Students in Session Three must have taken at least Session 2. Taking all three sessions is recommended.
Due to limited spots, you will not be registered until payment is collected.
Payment must be completed before the Workshop begins.
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