7 WEEK CLASS IN TECHNIQUE January 13 - February 24, 2021 Wednesdays, 11am - 1pm ET
"Repetition is the growing power." Michael Chekhov
This ongoing class in the essentials of the Michael Chekhov technique is for beginners or those wanting to continue and deepen their practice. This workshop will awaken the psycho-physical relationship to help open up the creative body and the imagination. We will be exploring tools such as Three Fold Body, Contracting/Expansion, Sensations, Atmospheres, Using Space and Directions, Radiating and Receiving, as well as a Feeling of Ease, Form, Beauty and a Sense of the Whole. These classes are available as a package or drop in.
7 WEEK CLASS - THE AUDITION January 12 - February 23, 2021 Tuesdays, 11am - 1pm ET *this class is recommended for those who have experience in the technique
We will explore how to apply the tools of the Michael Chekhov technique to the audition process, for on-camera or theatre auditions. We will look at some useful tools like, pre-beat, polarity, centers, psychological gesture, rhythm, how to capture images, and how to endow 'the other' in the scene or monologue. There is no drop-in for this class.
These 2 hour classes will include: -on your feet exercises in the technique - scene work with partners to put the technique into practice -a spy back for question and answers -classes will be recorded and posted until one week after the last class so you can view and practice - Classes taught by Rena Polley on Zoom FEE $170 for 7 classes $25 for drop in fee - Technique class only
*all fees in Canadian dollars and for those in Canada 13% HST will be added to the fee
For some of you these classes will be relatively new and for others a chance to deepen your practice. For all of us it will be an opportunity to come together from different parts of the world and explore the imaginative world of Michael Chekhov.
"I love the Michael Chekhov classes with Rena. Through play and experiment, this technique gives actors tools to deepen their work, allowing them to be more truthful, no matter what level they’re at.” Barbara Mantini, Vocalist, Actor, Teacher, Welland, Ontario
“After 47 years as an actor, and 40 as a mostly Uta Hagen based teacher, I at last made the first steps into a practical study of the Michael Chekhov technique, near the start of lock-down. Why did I wait so long?!! After three sets of online workshops with Rena Polley, I feel my acting has the makings of a new home.” Richard Addison, Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
"I absolutely LOVE Rena's classes. I've been studying MIchael Chekhov for a few years. Rena's style of teaching is not only fun and imaginative, but it gives me a new approach to the technique. I'm having so much fun while deepening my craft. I truly look forward to Rena's classes." Alice Willis, Los Angeles, CA
“Rena’s deep understanding of the Chekhov technique combines perfectly with her limitless energy and generosity. Every class progresses fluidly, is great fun and leaves me feeling positively alive. Michael Swatton, Actor, Ottawa