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Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner

Collisions and Convergence in Actor Training, 1st Edition

By Anjalee Deshpande-Hutchinson


272 pages | 12 B/W Illus.

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Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner: Collisions and Convergence in Actor Training offers a comprehensive analysis of the Sanford Meisner Acting Technique in comparison to the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique.

This compilation reveals the connections as well as the contradictions between these two very different approaches, while highlighting meaningful bridges and offering in-depth essays from a variety of sources including master teachers with years of experience to new and rising stars in the field. Authors provide philosophical arguments on actor training, innovative approaches to methodology, explorations into integration as well as practical methods of application for the classroom, rehearsal room, or scaffolded into a curriculum.

Michael Chekhov and Sanford Meisner: Collisions and Convergence in Actor Training is an excellent resource for professors teaching Introductory, Intermediate or Advanced Acting Technique as well as Acting Program Directors and Department Chairs seeking new impactful research on Actor Training.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Masters

1.1. The Meisner Approach: "Be simple and rediscover the world"— Dostoyevsky

Susan Coromel

1.2. The Relevance of The Meisner Technique in Today’s Actor Training

Tom Prior

1.3. Michael Chekhov’s Inspiration for Actors

Dawn Arnold

Part 2: Expeditions in Deep Training

2.1. Meisner in the Undergraduate Setting

Greg Ramos

2.2. Teaching the Michael Chekhov Technique in an Undergraduate Program; the Problem and the Arrival

Mark Monday

2.3. Reality VS Pretend: How to Surmount Collisions In Search of Truth

Lisa Dalton

2.4. We Are Not Historians

Kimon Fioretos

Part 3: Methods in Convergence

3.1. The Evolution of a Studio

Liz Shipman

3.2. How the Michael Chekhov Technique Influences and Supports the Elements of the Sanford Meisner Approach

Susan Coromel

3.3. Meisner in the Classroom, Chekhov in Rehearsal - Pairing Complementary Methods in Smaller Liberal Arts Programs

Anjalee Hutchinson

3.4. Studio Work with Meisner as Foundation and Chekhov as Advanced Study

Robb Maus

3.5. Activating Meisner and Chekhov in the Secondary Acting Classroom

Eric Young

3.6. Sculpting the Energetic Action: Taking us "Beyond the Verb"

Alexis Black

3.7. Sensations in Place of Emotional Preparation for the Students that say "I Can't" and Mean it!

Kimon Fioretos

3.8. Re-discovering the Joy

Wil Kilroy

Part 4: Techniques In Practice

4.1. Warming up to Repetition and adding physicality with Chekhov’s Psychological Gesture

James Savage

4.2. Listening and Responding with the Body; How Chekhov Technique Can Enhance Meisner’s Repetition Exercise

David Haugen

4.3. Finding an Emotional Connection through PGs, POV's and the Ghost Exercise

James Savage

4.4. A Psychophysical Path to Moment to Moment-The Gift of a Lifetime.

Chekhov’s Repetition Exercise 12-13

Lisa Loving Dalton

4.5. Bringing Meisner and Chekhov Techniques into the Rehearsal Room, Sort of…

David Haugen

Part 5: Continued Collisions and Strategies for The Future

5.1. Conclusion: The Case for Non-Erasure in Actor Training

Anjalee Hutchinson

About the Author

Anjalee Deshpande-Hutchinson is an associate professor and chair of the department of theatre and dance at Bucknell University in Lewisburg Pennsylvania. She received her BA in theatre from Kalamazoo College and her MFA in directing from Northwestern University. In addition to directing, Anjalee's scholarship includes devised theatre and acting technique. Anjalee is certified in the Michael Chekhov Technique from the National Michael Chekhov Association, Sanford Meisner Technique from the True Acting Institute and has also trained in Moment Work from the Tectonic Theatre Project.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Acting & Auditioning
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism