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Established in the United States 1992, we are the oldest ongoing international program of the Moscow Art Theatre School. We teach the up-to-date version of the Stanislavsky System. All of our teachers are faculty members of the Moscow Art Theatre School, actors and directors of the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre. In 25 summers we taught acting to more than 800 students from 23 countries and helped creating 2 joint-degree MFA in Acting Programs.
We think of the Stanislavsky System as the grammar of modern acting, and we don’t teach a particular style or a genre. Instead, we are trying to help each actor in finding a path to him or her own self. We help you to develop your own System.
In 2018, after 25 successful summers in the United States, the program is moving to Europe. Join us for the intensive four-week session in Riga, the capital of Latvia. Our curriculum includes daily Acting Technique (Stanislavsky and Michael Chekhov), and Scene Study (Chekhov, Gogol, Ostrovsky and modern Russian drama), Movement Training, Voice Coaching, and Theatre History Seminar.
All classes are taught in English. When we say intensive, we mean six days a week and morning, day and night. Morning classes (9:00 - 12:00) are scheduled in groups – acting exercises, movement, and voice. After lunch break there is a Master Class for the entire School (13:00 - 15:00). The rest of the day there are scene study rehearsals (15:30 - 19:30) – both faculty supervised and independent. The program culminates with the Scene Study Showcase for invited audiences.
Students will concentrate their work in the following areas:
- special breathing technique;
- relaxation exercises and basics of meditation;
- stage awareness;
- imagination and boldness on stage;
- emotional memory and emotional awareness;
- partner and stage interaction;
- stage improvisation;
- creative games and stage freedom;
- basics of psychoanalysis and text analysis.
Our movement training is based on the teaching of Andrey Droznin. It is a combination of the tradition of Russian psychological theatre (Stanislavsky and Evgeni Vakhtangov) with the crucial discoveries of Russian avant-garde directors of the 20th century (Meyerhold biomechanics, Tairoff's elastic training, emphasized space of Les Kurbas, etc.)
The program includes elements of stage, circus and trick acrobatics; locomotor skills – walking, jogging, jumping, hurdling, falls; stage combat and slow-motion technique.
Main topics for this class will include the following:
- The personality of Stanislavsky in his unpublished diaries and letters.How is the new theatre coming about.
- The Stanislavsky System: myth and reality.
- Stanislavsky in the context of Russian and world theatre (Stanislavsky and Meyerhold, Stanislavsky and Brecht, Stanislavsky and contemporary theatre.)
- America in the life of the Moscow Art Theatre.
- Beyond My Life In Art (Stanislavsky after the revolution.)
- Jean Benedetti. The Moscow Art Theatre Letters.
- Mikhail Bulgakov. Black Snow.
- Donald Rayfield. Anton Chekhov: A Life
- Anatoly Smeliansky. Is Comrade Bulgakov Dead?
Students will be working on some of the following plays:
- Anton Chekhov: Ivanov, The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, The Seagull, Three Sisters
- Alexander Ostrovsky: Diary of A Scoundrel, Talents & Admirers, The Storm.
- Ivan Turgenev: Month in the Country
In preparation for the Summer School we recommend that you read:
- Konstantin Stanislavsky. My Life In Art and An Actor Prepares.
- Michael Chekhov. Technique of Acting.
- Articles by Evgeny Vakhtangov and Vasily Toporkov in Actors on Acting
How to apply
Step One - Now
We will contact you as soon as we receive your application package.
- Fill out and submit the Application Form.
- Email us your updated resume, recent headshot, and 2 reference letters from your teachers and/or directors.
- Pay €35 application fee here from your PayPal account or by using your debit or credit card.
Step Two - by May 1, 2018
Enrollment Contract and Security Deposit are due on or before May 1, 2018.
- Complete the Enrollment Contract
- Pay €500 security deposit (charged against your tuition.)
Enrollment is limited. To secure your place in the program please apply early.
Step Three - by June 1, 2018
PACK YOUR BAGS
Your balance is due on June 1, 2018.
- Remit your balance due.
- Visit our FAQ section.
- Read all books on the reading list
Please make your travel plans ahead of time. We expect you to arrive in Riga no later than Sunday, July 1, 2018. The departure date is Sunday, July 29, 2018. For help with travel arrangements please contact us.
Tuition and Payments
Tuition for the 2018 session is €1,800 for four weeks. All payments shall be made in Euro.
First part of the tuition, your SECURITY DEPOSIT in the amount of €500, is due on or before May 1, 2018.
The remaining tuition balance is due on June 1, 2018.
We offer housing with the choice of single and double-room occupancy. Your housing charge should be included in the final payment due on June 1, 2018. Housing rates for 2018 will be published here when they become available.
Passport & Visa Requirements
A passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of the program, with at least two blank pages is required. Citizens of US, EU and many other countries in possession of a valid passport do not need to obtain a visa to enter Latvia. Citizens of other countries may be required to obtain a visa prior to arrival. Please contact us for more information and visit this link for reference.
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