Stage and film director, performer and tutor Joerg Andrees is regarded globally as one of the foremost exponents of the Michael Chekhov Method and we are delighted to have him on board. Having initially trained in his native Germany as a film director, 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 most distinctive method. In 1992 Joerg and a colleague established the first International Michael Chekhov Conference (IMCC) in Berlin (and again in 1995). Thus began what was to become a world wide and highly acclaimed Michael Chekhov Acting Movement. Joerg is the co-founder and tutor at the Michael Tschechow Studio Berlin and tutors at the Alfred Schnittke Akademie, Hamburg. He is a member of the teaching board of MICHA in New York and a member of MCE (Michael Chekhov Europe).
Joerg's work has frequently taken him to Ireland to the Michael Chekhov Studio Dublin and the Gormanston Drama Summer School (Stageworks).
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 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.
Guest tutors were:
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 (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 (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 (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 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.
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 (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 (Finland)
Actress, Director, Drama Teacher, Journalist.
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 (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