One of the best kept secrets of the theatrical world, Michael “Misha” Chekhov (1891-1955), nephew of Anton Chekhov, became one of Russia’s Most Honored Actors. Constantine Stanislavski considered Misha his most brilliant pupil. In New York, Chekhov trained numerous actors from the Group Theater and the Actors Studio before moving to Los Angeles in 1942.
Michael Chekhov was deeply respected by his peers- Stella Adler, Sanford Meisner, Lee Strasberg, Herbert Berghof, Morris Carnovsky and Harold Clurman. He received an Oscar nomination for Hitchcock’s “Spellbound” and spent his last 13 years, acting in films and coaching some of our greatest actors in film history such as Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Clint Eastwood, Ingrid Bergman, Mala Powers, Yul Brynner, Patricia Neal, Sterling Hayden, Jack Palance, Elia Kazan, Paula Strasberg, Lloyd Bridges and his wife, Dorothy Bridges. More recently, noted actors such as Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson and Anthony Hopkins have cited Chekhov’s books as highly influential on their acting as well.
His book On The Technique of Acting is recommended for all performing artists because of the extensive exercises that are designed to inspire imagination and to nurture both the individual and the ensemble creative process. This book is required reading for most of the performing arts training at Playhouse Pilates.
Today, the Chekhov techniques are gaining world-wide recognition in an amazing expansion of interest as artists seek to discover a consistent means to peak states of performance. As artists and non-artists are now ready to embrace this inspirational, organic means to accessing one’s highest artistic aims. For more information about classes and private coaching click here!
Information partially excerpted from Wikipedia & Lisa Dalton’s Chekhov Connection!