The psychophysical approach to acting is most fully exemplified and realised in the work of Michael Chekhov, widely recognised as one of the greatest actors of the 20th century and Stanislavsky’s star pupil. Chekhov developed an approach to acting that affords actors access to resources within themselves – will impulses, character choices – that are based not merely in personal experience but on the actor’s imagination and physical life.
This workshop will cover many of the main principles of the Michael Chekhov Technique, using a variety of exercises. We will use full imaginative and physical exploration to engage with Chekhov topics such as Psychological Gesture, Qualities of Movement, Atmosphere, Imaginary Center, and Imaginary Body. We will apply these principles practically to character and text.
Coach: Gretchen Egolf (U.K./U.S.)
06. 21. 2019. (Friday) 19h-22h
06. 22. 2019. (Saturday) 10h-13h and 15-18h
06. 23. 2019. (Sunday) 10h-13h and 15h-18h
Application fee: 75 euro
Where? Workshop Foundation, Hungary, 1027 Budapest, Jurányi u. 1-3, Room 80
Application: To apply, please send us a short letter of interest and some information about your precious theatre/training experience to the firstname.lastname@example.org adress. Professional background is not required for the participation.
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The workshops are supported by Nemzeti Kulturális Alap.
Gretchen Egolf is an actor, director, and teacher, currently a Lecturer in Acting at London Academy of Musical and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She has also taught at RADA, Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA), and Brunel University, as well as in her own independent studio practice. Gretchen trained at Juilliard and has performed for almost 30 years in theatre, ﬁlm, and television, in both America and the UK. She has appeared on and oﬀ Broadway and London’s West End, as well as in theatres across the US. Her screen work is extensive, mostly in American television.
In teaching and coaching, Gretchen specialises in the Michael Chekhov Technique, receiving teaching certiﬁcation from the Michael Chekhov Association and having studied extensively with other major studios and teachers, including Michael Chekhov London, NYC, and Europe, as well as being a member of Michael Chekhov UK , the Chekhov Collective, and contributing to the Michael Chekhov New Pathways research project and symposium at Goldsmiths.
Gretchen also directs theatre and experimental ﬁlm, as well as teaching various other methodologies and approaches to actor training.