GLMCC believes in promoting the work of Michael Chekhov especially in reaching his goal of creating an Ideal Theatre. To that end, we have created our Teacher Certification and Actor Certification Programs. They differ only in writing requirements and teaching assignments. The programs run simultaneously and occur over three summers in three different Modules, or Groups. Participants take one module each summer. It is not possible to take more than one module at a time.
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The first module includes instruction and experience with the Michael Chekhov principles of imagination and concentration. Exercises will create a foundation for further work with the technique in modules two and three. Discussions on readings from Chekhov’s book, To The Actor, will be incorporated.
Upon completion of Module One, participants have five years to complete the certification process.
Concentration of the second module focuses on how the body is linked to the actor’s imagination and thought process. As Chekhov states, “the actor’s body is his instrument for expressing creativity on the stage and he must strive for the attainment of complete harmony between the two – body and psychology".
The third module will include a review of the first and second modules and add the aspects of characterization and transformation. The composition of the performance will be explored from the perspective of the actor and director.
Module 4 is designed for graduates of GLMCC. We will accept up to 10 participants in 2020. The focus will be on directing using the Technique. Participants will act in two scenes each and direct one. Under the guidance of one or more Master Teachers, participants will gain hands-on experience in the use of various Chekhov exercises in solving specific problems using contemporary 5 minute scenes. The scenes will be presented on the first full day of our regular conference to Modules 1-3.
Many of our graduates have asked for an offering in continuing education in the Technique. Beginning in 2020, we will offer a three-day module with an emphasis on teaching the work. We will use memorized monologues as our platform. Each participant will bring a monologue to work on in the studio. A Master Teacher will choose an actor to present her or his piece and afterward choose another participant to work one aspect of the Technique with the actor. Following this, the Master Teacher will critique the work of the ‘teacher.’ We will continue rotating actors and teachers throughout the workshop—working with as much of the Technique as possible.
During our 2020 conference, we are again offering a one-day workshop in Music-Theatre. Open to Modules 2, 3, and graduates of GLMCC, the workshop will be taught by James Haffner, Certified Teacher, on the campus of UMU.