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Joerg Andrees

Joerg Andrees


As founder of the Michael Chekhov International Academy (MCIA) he leads the Intensive Training Programme in the Chekhov Technique which progresses towards the Michael Chekhov Technique Teacher Certification. Stage and film director, performer and tutor Joerg Andrees is regarded globally as one of the foremost exponents of the Michael Chekhov Method. Having initially trained in his native Germany as a film director with Heiner Carow, he proceeded to train in the Michael Chekhov Method in New York with Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan. Subsequently he has tutored and directed successfully worldwide employing the unique features of this distinctive method. In 1992 Joerg and a colleague, Jobst Langhams, established the first International Michael Chekhov Conference (IMCC) in Berlin and then followed with the 4th IMCC in 1995. Thus began what was to become a worldwide and highly acclaimed Michael Chekhov Movement. To work with the Chekhov Technique he could develop the application of the Chekhov method for Music, Singing, Dancing, Arts and Writing and since 2008 in Chekhov Theatre Therapy. Currently Joerg has a leading role in the Michael Chekhov Studio Berlin (MTSB). He also delivers courses throughout Germany and in particular at the Alfred Schnittke Akademy International in Hamburg. He directs Theatre, Dance, Music and Screen Performances. In addition he performs solo and group improvisations. Joerg’s work as a tutor of the Michael Chekhov Method has been recognised internationally and he has delivered workshops in many countries including: the Eugene O’Neill Centre, U.S.A; Cardiff University, Wales; School of Speech and Drama, Australia; The Orff-Institute, Austria and Southampton, U.S.A. He is a member of the faculty of MICHA, New York and of Michael Chekhov Europe (MCE). Joerg’s work has frequently taken him to Ireland to the Michael Chekhov Studio Dublin, the Gormanston Drama Summer School (Stageworks) and to the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin.


Christiane Görner

Christiane Görner


Christiane Görner studied Creative Speech in Dornach and Stuttgart. She performed in many Eurythmy productions and produced many solo programs combining lyrics, music and dance. In 1994/95 she took part in the Michael Chekhov Training with Jobst Langhans in the Michael Chekhov Studio Berlin. She taught Creative Speech in the Co-Educational Chekhov Seminar with Jörg Andrees. In 2011 she qualified as an Art Therapist specialising in Speech and Drama. She works freelance as a therapist, coach and instructor for Speech. Since 2014 she has been employed by the Waldorf Seminar Berlin as both a teacher and a director. She now lives and works in Berlin. www.christianegoerner.de


Stefan Lenz

Stefan Lenz


Stefan Lenz was born in Berlin. He studied Acting and Speech Formation with Gerhard Mundorf in Stuttgart. In 1989 he received a Eurythmy Diploma from Carina Schmid in Hamburg. He studied Stage-Fencing with Charles Lang at the UdK Berlin. He completed physical training with Prof. Martin Gruber, Berlin. He currently works as a director, drama teacher and fencing instructor. He has been connected to Michael Chekhov's work for 25 years.


Isadora Kohatsu

Olga Gorodkova


Born in Moscow, completed education at the music school in Moscow and majored in violin. At the Musikseminar Hamburg (now Alfred Schnittke Akademie International) she studied singing with Holger Lampson. Private studies in Russia with Galina Rybasova and Marina Archangelskaja as well as master classes in Germany with Jürgen Schriefer and Agnes Giebel perfected her training. From 2004 to 2013, she was a concert singer in Moscow and regularly performed with songs, arias and romances. She returned to Hamburg in 2013 and has been a member of the ALFRED SCHNITTKE AKADEMIE INTERNATIONAL since 2015 as a managing director, a freelance singer and vocal assistant.


Fern Sloan

Fern Sloan (USA)


Fern Sloan has been a professional actress for over 40 years. In New York City, she was seen Off-Broadway at the New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theatre and as Hannah Jelkes in The Night of the Iguana at the Equity Library Theatre. She has appeared in leading roles at numerous regional theatres in the US and Canada, including Lavinia in Mourning Becomes Electra, Ruth in The Homecoming, and Lyuba in A Play by Alexandre Solzhenitsyn at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre in Minnesota. She has also appeared as Masha in The Seagull at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, New Jersey, and Irina in The Three Sisters in Cincinnati. Ms. Sloan appeared in many original productions at the HB Playwrights Foundation in New York City during its inaugural years with Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof. She is co-founder and co-artistic director ot The Actors' Ensemble. She has been seen in many roles with the ensemble including Sarah Bernhardt in Memoir, Queen Marguerite in Ionesco's Exit the King, Fanny in Painting Churches, Gertrude in Hamlet, and Mary Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night. She was on the faculty of the former Michael Chekhov Studio in New York City and has taught workshops in the US, Canada, England, Ireland, Croatia and Germany.


Ted Pugh

Ted Pugh (USA)


Ted Pugh began his professional career in 1961 in Washington DC's Arena Stage. An actor in New York for almost 40 years, Mr. Pugh originated the role of Ozzie Babson in the Broadway production of Irene. He was also seen on Broadway in Five O'Clock Girl. A founding member of the Long Wharf theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, he has also appeared in a number of Off-Broadway productions and in regional theatres throughout the US. He is co-founder and co-artistic director of The Actors' Ensemble, a company of actors founded in New York in 1985. Mr. Pugh taught the Michael Chekhov acting technique at the former Michael Chekhov acting studio in New York City and has taught workshops throughout the US, Europe, Croatia and the former Soviet Union. He has been seen in many roles for the ensemble, including the king in Ionesco's Exit the King, James Tyrone in Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night, Claudius in Hamlet, Gardner Church in Tina Howe's Painting Churches, Howard in Charles Mees' First Love, and Mr. Pugh in Under Milkwood.


Sarah Kane

Sarah Kane (England)


Born 1952 (Artistic Associate, Acting and Speech)
Trained in Rudolf and Marie Steiner's Creative Speech and in Michael Chekhov's approach to acting and theater in Germany, Switzerland and Britain.
From 1989-96 she was head of the Speech and Drama program at Emerson College, UK, where she taught Creative Speech and Michael Chekhov's approach to acting, and researched their interconnections. Ms. Kane co-founded The Michael Chekhov Centre UK in 1995, to promote and develop Chekhov's artistic legacy; she then founded 'threshold theatre' in 1997, to further investigate Chekhov's techniques in rehearsal and performance. She performed regularly as a speaker for movement companies and as an actor in the UK for fifteen years. Ms. Kane became a freelance teacher, director and performer between 1996 and 2002, working regularly in Europe, Britain and the United States. She taught Creative Speech at the University of Plymouth, UK, and the Chekhov approach at Cygnet Training Theatre in Exeter and at The London Centre for Theatre Studies. In 2002 she became Artistic Associate at the Stanislavsky Theater Studio in Washington DC, with responsibility for ensemble speech and acting, as well as performing and directing in the company.


Jobst Langhans

Jobst Langhans (Germany)


Born 1955 (director, actor, drama teacher). Studied Church music and philosophy, private drama training with Else Bongers and Jürgen v. Alten. Has been engaged by various stages in Berlin, Germany and abroad as actor and director. 1983-95 director of the theaterforum kreuzberg. Since 1984 director of the Michael Tschechow Studio Berlin. Initiator and organiser of the first International Michael Tschechow Conference in Berlin in 1992 and the fourth Michael Chekhov Workshop (MCIW) in Berlin in 1995. 1992-95 Minister or the International Michael Chekhov Association. Since 1998 director of the WERKBÜHNE BERLIN. Guest lecturer/director at drama schools in Germany and abroard. Director of masterclasses in Moscow, London, Madrid, Riga, Glasgow, Amsterdam, New York, Zagreb, Helsinki and others. Master lecturer/teacher of the Michael Chekhov Association - USA. Training partner for organizational development.


Lenard Petit

Lenard Petit


Lenard Petit is a director/actor who resides in New York City. He has been working in the theater for thirty years collaborating with other artists to create original works for the stage, cinema, and television. He has performed in works of such notable directors as Julie Taymor, Meredith Monk, Richard Foreman, Ping Chong, and many others. Mr. Petit is the Artistic Director of The Michael Chekhov Acting Studio. As one of a handful of teacher students trained by the original members of Michael Chekhov's Theater School his knowledge of the technique coupled with his gifts have brought him to be recognized as one of the foremost teachers of this technique in the world. As a member of the international Michael Chekhov Association, he has been invited to teach Master classes at the Moscow Art Theater, The International School for Film and Television in Munich, Helsinki University, as well as acting workshops in Denmark, Amsterdam, Berlin, Zurich, London, Riga and Irkutsk Siberia. For the past 20 years he has been teaching Chekhov Technique in the MFA and BFA Acting programs at Rutgers University. Mr Petit is the author of The Michael Chekhov Handbook; for the Actor, published by Routledge Press. His direction of The Frog Bride was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience in 2006.


David Zinder

David Zinder


Israeli-born actor, teacher and director. A graduate of Manchester University (UK) and a professional actor in Israel (1966-71), with a PhD (summa cum laude) in theatre from the University of California at Berkeley (1976).
From 1976 to 2004 David taught acting and directing at the Theatre Arts Dept. of Tel Aviv University (retired in 2004 as Professor Emeritus) and directed over 70 productions in the department, and in professional theatres in Israel and abroad. Since 1980 has been giving workshops in acting training in Israel, Europe (including RESAD and the L'ABADIA company in Madrid), the US, the UK, India and the Far East.
David is also a Master Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique, a founding member of the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA) and a board member of Michael Chekhov Europe. His unique approach to acting training - ImageWork Training - was elaborated in his book, BODY VOICE IMAGINATION: ImageWork Training and the Chekhov Technique. (Routledge, New York 2010 - this is the 2nd edition, originally published in 2002). Since 2002 David has been a regular guest director in Hungarian-speaking theatres in Romania, and among his production are The Dybbuk (a finalist for UNITER's Best Production of 2002), The Bacchae, Macbeth, Peer Gynt and Six Characters in Search of an Author. In May 2012 he directed his adaptation of Lorca's Blood Wedding with the Samahaara theatre company in Hyderabad, India, in March 2015 he directed a radical re-working of Hedda Gabler by Ibsen at The Zurich Academy of the Arts. At present - January 2016 - he is working on a unique collaboration with renowned Indian poet Sudeep Sen to create a theatre piece based on Sen's poetry.


Ulrich Meyer-Horsch

Ulrich Meyer-Horsch (Germany)

Award winning actor and director with a 25 years experience in German state theatre. Artistic director of Michael Chekhov Acting Studio Hamburg and Associate artistic director of Kreuzgangspiele Feuchtwangen.
Ulrich is a co-founder of Michael Chekhov Europe and member of the international faculty of MICHA, New York. In his approach to the Chekhov Technique he incorporates the exploration of children's games and work with masks. For the last 20 years, he has been teaching throughout Europe, the US, Russia, Brasil and Taiwan. www.michaelchekhov.eu


Aså Salvesen

Aså Salvesen (Finland)

actress, Director, Drama Teacher, Journalist.
Born 1970.
Since her graduation from the Theatre Academy in Helsinki 1997 she has been working as freelance actress and director. She is the artistic director and founding member of Ozonteatern, a free theatre company. During 2004-13 she has been the Head Teacher of the Drama Program at Västra Nylands folkhögskola in Karis.
Salvesen has been working and studying the Chekhov technique since 1998 with teachers such as Lenard Petit, Jobst Langhans, Sarah Kane and Joanna Merlin. She is Co-founder of Michael Chekhov Europe, a network of European actors and directors. Salvesen has been giving workshops in the Michael Chekhov technique in Finland, Sweden, Germany, Ireland and Turkey.
She is awarded for her unconventional and artistically challenging performances and for bringing international influences into Finnish theatre education.
Salvesen works in organisations and companies with artistic methods in order to stimulate creativity and innovations at workplaces.
She has also worked as TV-journalist at the Finnish Broadcast Company. www.asasalvesen.com


David Scott

David Scott (Australien/Irland)


David Scott is an Australian born actor, writer, director and acting teacher. He has worked extensively as a professional actor in both Australia and Ireland on television, stage and film, appearing in such programs as „All Saints”, „Water Rats” and „Home and Away” in Australia, and „The Clinic”, „Fair City”, „Damage”, „The Tudors” (series 2 and 4) and „Game of Thrones” since arriving in Ireland in 2004.
David is Director of the Performance Theatre Company at the Gaiety School of Acting and has taught for many theatre companies, drama groups and organisations across Ireland. David is also Director of the Actor's Wednesday Workshop and the Actor's Friday Studio, extensive part-time programs for advanced actors and is Director of The Applied Art of Acting, an intensive, single-technique fulltime program for actors of exceptional ability.
David is also Artistic Director of Company D Theatre, a theatre company focused on promoting new work, new actors and theatre artists. Company D has produced fourteen shows since its foundation in 2006, eleven of which David has written, and is one of the most highly regarded independent theatre outfits in Ireland. David has also published two textbooks on acting technique, „The Beautiful Stage” and „The Art of Acting”.
David has taught actors advanced techniques since his early twenties, constantly developing his own cutting-edge approaches. David's training method centres around the search for truth in character using the methods of Constantin Stanislavski coupled with his own methods of physical characterisation, vocal training and structured improvisation. David has taught detailed workshops in many traditional styles from Stanislavski to Meisner to the Commedia of Italy and France. David's interest in diagnostic training demands that his teaching draws sustained, powerful and truthful performances from his students. www.davidscott.ie


Drop-in Class Tutors



Wladimir Goerdt

Wladimir Goerdt


Wladimir is a classical cellist by profession. He came across the Michael Chekhov Technique four years ago and uses the technique for his own creative development. He has experienced that this technique can be valuable in many different areas of the arts as well as a personal guide to leading an artistic life. He completed the Michael Chekhov Intensive Training Programme with Joerg Andrees in Dublin. Now he assists Joerg Andrees on the Michael Chekhov Intensive Training Programme in Berlin and teaches the Michael Chekhov technique at weekly drop-in classes at Mime Centrum.


Sarah Purcell

Sarah Purcell


Sarah Purcell is an actor and teacher currently residing in Berlin. She is a qualified Primary School Teacher and holds a Speech and Drama teaching diploma from the London College of Music and Drama, A.L.C.M. In Ireland Sarah acted with Estuary Players, Bradan Players and Next Stage Productions in many theatres throughout Ireland. She completed an Intensive Michael Chekhov Training Programme with both Sarah Kane and Graham Dixon at the Michael Chekhov Studio London. She also completed The Michael Chekhov Intensive Training with Joerg Andrees at the Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin and from this obtained a certificate to teach this method. She now assists Joerg Andrees on the Michael Chekhov Intensive Training in Berlin. Sarah also teaches Michael Chekhov technique at weekly drop-in classes at Mime Centrum. Sarah founded Roonagh Productions along with fellow actor Stephen Gibbons and is also collaborating on an on-going basis with actors Gretchen Egolf and Patrick Bailey on a devised work-in-progress, ‘How We Need It To Be’.


Isadora Kohatsu

Isadora Kohatsu


was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and has chosen Berlin as her current home to live her Bossa Nova dream. She has a degree in Literature (Universidade de São Paulo) and is in enrolled now in Asian studies (Humboldt-Universität). Chekhov Technique was the way she found to access her creativity. She likes plurality in creation and is interested in music, filmmaking, literature and theater. A sample of her work: mundusmagnus.blogspot.com, soundcloud.com/isadora-kohatsu