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Lincoln Building
120 North Lincoln Street
Kent State University
PO Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Tel: 330-672-3100
Fax: 330-672-2079

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Michael Chekhov Acting Technique Certified Teacher Program

This exciting program – the first to be sponsored by an institution of higher learning – will provide comprehensive instruction in the Michael Chekhov acting technique. Upon completion of three one-week summer training modules, participants will either receive a Certificate of Completion or a certificate granting Teacher Certification from Kent State University and the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. Each participant is evaluated by faculty who recommend which track is most appropriate for each program. Please see the GLMCC website for more details.

Developed in conjunction with the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, the program will be taught by theatre professionals who are certified in the Michael Chekhov technique. Participants will gain an understanding of the principles upon which Chekhov's teachings were founded and will participate in exercises designed to help them experience the techniques firsthand.

  • Participants should possess an undergraduate degree in theatre or have extensive professional experience
  • Participants should have some experience with the work of Michael Chekhov
  • Participants should have an interest in teaching the Michael Chekhov Technique
  • Participants should be willing to work in an ensemble environment.


Participants will be housed in single rooms with private baths in Kent State's Centennial Court residence hall complex. Opened in 2002,  rooms are air conditioned, carpeted and furnished with a microfridge. Centennial Court common areas include glass lounges, kitchen facilities and a fireplace. Bedding and towels are included. All Kent State buildings are smoke free.

For further information contact:

Mark Monday

President and Producing Artistic Director
Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium

2015 Program Dates: June 6-13, 2015

About Michael Chekhov

Michael Chekhov was a Russian-born actor, director and teacher who was widely recognized as one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. The nephew of playwright Anton Chekhov, Michael (or Micha, as he was known) had a great talent for characterization and was a keen observer of the creative process. His psycho-physical acting technique incorporated imagination and body as well as intellect.

In 1942, Chekhov was invited to Hollywood, where he became an acting coach to the stars, and also continued his career as an actor, acting in many films. He also taught a group called The Drama Society and published his book, To The Actor. Prominent actors who studied with him included: Gary Cooper, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, Patricia Neal, Clint Eastwood, Anthony Quinn, Ingrid Bergman, Jack Palance, Lloyd Bridges, and Yul Brynner (who wrote the preface to Chekhov's To The Actor). Michael Chekhov died in Hollywood in 1955, before his work became widely known.