James Haffner

Associate Director, Certified Teacher

James Haffner is a Professor of Opera at the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music in Stockton, CA.  He is the Producing Stage Director for Stockton Opera and has worked with the Bay View and Bear Valley Music Festivals.  James is also a Fulbright Scholar (Komische Oper, Berlin) and has taught at the Technische Universität, Berlin as well as Webster University and California State University, Fullerton.

James’ production of La Cenerentola holds the distinction of being the first opera to be invited to perform as part of the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival national showcase.  Further honors from KC-ACTF include Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill and the west coast premiere of Glen Roven’s Heart’s Desire.  Work recognized by the National Opera Association include La Cenerentola, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Dido and Aeneas.  Professional credits include the German premiere of Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day; Das Mahagonny Songspiel, which was presented as part of the inaugural Brecht Fest at the Berliner Ensemble; and Dido and Aeneas with the first annual Museumsinsel Fest, Berlin.

James is a certified teacher of the Michael Chekhov technique and an Associate Director with the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium.  His article “Musical Synthesis of the Michael Chekhov Technique” was published in the International Association of Theatre Critics journal, Critical Stages.  He is a frequent guest artist, having led workshops and masterclasses at Stanford University, Oberlin Conservatory, National Opera Association Conference, Directors’ Lab—West (Pasadena Playhouse) and the American Choral Directors Association—Western Division Conference.

James is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Directing and an Artist’s Diploma in Opera Stage Directing.

​Labanov.  He began his work with the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium in their inaugural year and became a Certified Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique in the summer of 2012.

Christopher uses the Michael Chekhov technique in his work as a professional actor in the Cleveland area:  Dobama Theatre, Beck Center for the Arts, Mamai Theatre Company, Great Lakes Theater.  He also utilizes the technique in the classroom, workshops, and in private coaching sessions.  

Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium

She is a Certified Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, an organization in which she proudly holds the position of Associate Teacher.  Additionally, she attended (MICHA) Michael Chekhov Association's Teacher Training workshop. Billicia has presented Michael Chekhov Acting Technique workshops throughout various universities and theatre conferences.

A few of her directing credits include A Song for Coretta,  Before It Hits Home, Ain’t Misbehavin’, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, Zooman and the Sign, Funeral Parlor, Knock Me a Kiss, Euripedes’ Medea, Poof!,  Canker Sores and Other Distractions, and many others.  Also, she has performed the one-woman shows, Hela: The Immortal CellLine of Henrietta Lacks, Testimonies of Truth: Truth, Parks, and Giovanni, and “Flying on Broken Wings: A Journey through Domestic Violence” throughout southeastern Virginia. She has also found time to do voice-over work, independent films, and many other promotional videos.

Mato in the award-winning film, Commedia Fantasia, for Gina Lori Riley Dance Enterprises; the film has had showings in Houston, New York City and Monte Carlo.

Recent professional directing credits include Choking the Butterfly (The Inspired Acting Lab & Rarely Pure Theatre, Windsor/Toronto), Brave Hearts (Ryan Rep, Brooklyn, NY/Toronto) The Orphan Muses (Breathe Art Theatre Project, Windsor), Salt-Water Moon (Constellation Theatre, Leamington, ON). Recent academic theatre includes Down Dangerous Passes Road (Brighton Festival Fringe, UK) and Summer and Smoke (Hilberry Theatre, Wayne State University).

He has conducted workshops in Improvisation and in Michael Chekhov Acting Technique at Universities, conferences and in private studios in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States.

Lionel is a recipient of the Alumni Award for Distinguished Contribution to University Teaching, the Alumni Assocation Excellence in Mentoring Award (2005), and was nominated for an OCUFA Teaching Award.

Lionel is Past President, Council of Ontario University/College Theatre Programmes; a member of Canadian Actor's Equity Association; The Michael Chekhov Association; and Theatre Ontario and has served as Vice-President, Awards for the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. He is Associate Professor of Acting, School of Dramatic Art, University of Windsor, where he served as Director of the School from 2002-2012 and is currently Assistant Vice-President, North American Recruitment.

Eva Gil

Certified Associate Teacher

Eva Gil has worked in theater in Chicago, New York and regionally for over a decade as a theatre artist and educator. She holds an MFA in Acting from Case Western/Cleveland Play House, an alumna of Actors Theatre of Louisville's Professional Training Program, and a Certified Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique through GLMCC. She has taught at Wright State University, Northern Kentucky University, Dobama Theatre, Hathaway Brown, City College of NY, Miami University, Oregon Shakespeare Festival as well as private coaching. Recently she has directed for Amios, Mastodon Theatre, NY Shakespeare Exchange, Partly Cloudy People and Athena Theatre. She is a producer and Company Member with Partly Cloudy People in New York City. Favorite roles include: Brooke in Other Desert Cities, Edward/Victoria in Cloud 9, Varya in The Cherry Orchard and Hermia in Dead Man’s Cell Phone.

Jennifer Tuttle

Certified Associate Teacher

Jennifer Tuttle is an Assistant Professor of Acting at The City College of New York/CUNY, where she teaches all levels of Acting, Directing and Voice. Jennifer received her MFA in Theatre/Acting from the Hilberry Theatre at Wayne State University, and her Certification as a Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. She has studied Voice with Andrew Wade (RSC), Patsy Rodenburg and Kristen Linklater, and at the Linklater Center in New York City. She has been a professional actor and director for over 20 years, and is a proud member of AEA (Actors' Equity Association).

Her recent projects include: directing and dramaturging a bilingual version of Much Ado About Nothing called Much Ado Para Nada, adapted by Bernardo Mazon, for Shakespeare in Detroit, and directing an original piece, Immigration Stories for the Culture Project’s Women Center Stage in NYC.

Upcoming projects include: directing a new piece, Apple Table Penny, by Peter Levine for Emerging Artists Theatre in NYC, and directing the musical Urinetown for CCNY. Jennifer will also be serving as Co-Chair of the 2019 StateraArts Foundation’s National Conference to be held at The City College of New York.

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Susan Cato-Chapman

Certified Associate Teacher

Susan Cato-Chapman is a Sr. Lecturer in Theatre at Appalachian State University. She holds an MFA from Florida Atlantic University and a BA from The University of North Carolina at Asheville. Prior to accepting her position at Appalachian State, Susan taught at Fairmont State University, Florida Atlantic University and Barry University in the South Florida area, where she also worked regionally as an actor and sound designer. Susan was first introduced to the Chekhov work through Mark Monday in 2007. Following that exposure, she joined the Consortium’s inaugural year and became a Certified Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique in the summer of 2013. Susan has also completed GLMCC's Directing Module. She continues to teach the Technique to students, professors, and professional actors through classroom work and various workshops around the country. Susan is a Certified Teacher of the Alexander Technique through Chesapeake Bay Alexander Studies. She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Founding Directors and Officers

Lavinia Hart

Lavinia Hart served as Associate Professor of Theatre and Head of MFA Acting-Wayne State University for many years.  Ms. Hart was the Artistic Director of the Attic Theatre in Detroit for 19 years where she acted, directed and produced more than 100 plays.  She recently directed A Model Apartment for the Jewish Ensemble Theatre.  Other JET directing credits include The Last Yankee by Arthur Miller and 74 Georgia Avenue by Murray Schisgal. 

Her most recent WSU directing credits include The Cripple of Inishmaan, The Cider House Rules, Parts One and Two (co-directed with Blair Anderson); A Servant of Two Masters, The Lusty and Comical History of Tom Jones, Translations and Antony and Cleopatra for the Hilberry Theatre.  She was co-director with Patricia Ansuini for the Hilberry’s production of The Kentucky Cycle which won the Oakland Press Award for Best Direction.  

Associate Directors and Teachers

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Lionel Walsh

Vice President/Secretary, Certified Teacher, Founding Director

Lionel Walsh is an actor and director and teaches acting in the BFA program at the University of Windsor. Lionel is a Certified Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique (Michael Chekhov Association), specialising in using the technique to facilitate the development of original solo productions based on life studies, and has trained at the Moscow Art Theatre.

As an actor, Lionel appeared most recently as Lyle in Whale Riding Weather (Brighton Festival Fringe, UK), for which he also served as Producer. Other credits include John in Judith Thompson's Off the 401 (Michael Chekhov Festival) and as the Narrator in King David (Soundsations, Windsor). He also appeared as Luni-

GLMCC, LLC is an organization founded to help realize Michael Chekhov's vision of his Ideal Theatre. We work with teachers and actors, guiding participants of our program toward Teacher or Actor Certification. Below find our ever-growing family working to promote the Michael Chekhov Technique.  If you are interested in becoming Certified in the Technique please follow the link provided just to the right or contact us directly via the Contact Us link above.

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"The great mission of the actor as well as the director and the playwright is to save the soul of the theater and with it the future of our


Michael Chekhov

Founding Director, Emeritus, Certified Teacher

Jamie Koeth

Certified Associate Teacher

Jamie Koeth has been a professional actor, teacher, director and musician for nearly 25 years and is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.  At Stagecrafters Theatre he directed Les Miserables, Sweeney Todd, Urinetown, Bat Boy, RENT and The Who’s Tommy among others.  Favorite acting credits include Young Frankenstein (Frederick), She Loves Me (Georg) and Legally Blonde (Emmett) at Beck Center, Godspell (Jesus) at Porthouse Theatre, Spoon River Anthology at Actor’s Summit, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change at Playhouse Square Center and the National Tour of Jekyll & Hyde. He has taught acting at Kent State University, Beck Center for the Arts, The Academy for the Performing Arts, Stagecrafters Theatre Academy, Rochester Theatre League and the Jamie Koeth Studio.  He holds an MFA in Acting from Kent State University and his teaching certification in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique from the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. 

"There is no art without joy." ~ Michael Chekhov

Melissa Owens

Certified Associate Teacher

Melissa Owens Melissa Owens is a professional actress, director, costumer, and an Associate Professor of Theatre at Converse College, a private Liberal Arts Women’s College in Spartanburg, SC.

She currently serves there as the Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance, where she is the Resident Studio Acting teacher, as well as the Resident Costume Designer; her classes include Acting Fundamentals, Audition Technique, Michael Chekhov Technique, Period Styles, Acting the Song, Musical Theatre Workshop, Costume Design, Basic Sewing, Voice and Diction, Dialects, and Directing. Recent directing projects include the musicals Little Women and Urinetown, as well as Dancing at Lughnasa, Thom Pain (based on nothing), The Tempest, Shiloh Rules, and A Part Equal: Women and Mr. Shakespeare.

Prior to accepting her position at Converse, Melissa worked for twenty five years as an actor and costumer, and has been a proud member of AEA since 1993. She has degrees from Seattle Central and Miami University in Costume and Clothing Design and Construction, and her MFA from Kent State University, OH, as a Returning Professional: (in) Acting. Representative acting roles include Marguerite in The Scarlet Pimpernel at Virginia’s Barter Theater (5 year resident company member), Anne Collier in 1940s Radio Hour at the Hilton Head Playhouse, Lina Lamont in Singin’ in the Rain at Missouri’s Arrow Rock Lyceum, Elizabeth in The Crucible at Kent State University, Mrs. Anna in The King and I for Germany’s Frankfurt (English Speaking) Theatre, Paulette in Legally Blonde at Converse College, and Lizzie in the award-winning Haywire at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Melissa is honored to be able to share the transformative work of Michael Chekhov, to explore “...an inner technique (where) you are able to open your hearts and send your flame to the audience...to be masters of our feelings.” M. Chekhov - Archives, January, 1938.

Catherine Albers

Treasurer, Certified Teacher, Founding Director

Catherine Albers is a professional actress and emeritus professor in the Department of Theater at Case Western Reserve University where she served for many years as Director of Undergraduate Theater Studies. She also was a master teacher in the MFA Acting program. Catherine is a certified Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. She has taught this Technique throughout the United States and in Europe.

She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, SAG/AFTRA, and has performed on many local stages as well as professional theaters throughout the country. She has won many awards for her teaching and acting and does professional coaching for high school through adults in her private studio.

Catherine has performed in roles as diverse as Dr. Vivian Bearing in the Dobama Theater production of WIT and Clariee in STEEL MAGNOLIAS at Porthouse Theatre.  She has performed at the Beck Center in MOTHERS AND SONS and was the understudy for both Ouiser and Clariee in STEEL MAGNOLIAS in the first co-pro for the Cleveland Play House and Playhouse Square.  She was most recently seen as Mertis in the Dobama Theater production of JOHN.

Catherine was recently in the film THEM THAT FOLLOW
, currently in national release and will shortly be seen in the film SWAN SONG.

Recent Bonstelle Theatre credits include To Kill A Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol and Ten November.  Lavinia’s professional credits include direction of Murder on the Nile at The Meadowbrook Theatre and playing the title role in Kim Carney’s world premiere comedy Maggie Rose at the Performance Network.  Lavinia Hart  is a Founding Member of the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium, representing Wayne State University in conjunction with University of Mount Union, Case Western University, University of Windsor, Northern Kentucky University, Converse College, Appalachian State University, and University of the Pacific.  The program offers Teaching Certificates in the Michael Chekhov Technique.   Hart is a winner of the Detroit Free Press Lee Hills Award and has been named Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News Magazine. 


Mark Monday

President, Managing Artistic Director, Certified Teacher, Founding Director

Mark Monday serves as President and Producing Artistic Director of the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium (GLMCC). He earned his MFA in Acting from West Virginia University and his BFA in Acting from the conservatory program at University of North Carolina School of the Arts. He is a Certified Teacher in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique granted through the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA). Mark is a member of SAG/AFTRA and is affiliated with Actor's Equity Association.

Mark has taught at Kent State University, Ohio University, Fairmont State University, University of Georgia, and Santa Clara University in California. While in Bay Area, Mark acted in Smoke on the Mountain at Tabard 

Theatre, Waiting for Lefty at Fess Parker Theatre, with Danny Glover in The California Innocent's Project, and A Few Good Men as Col. Jessup in Mons, Belgium. Northeast Ohio acting credits include: Music Man, Funny Thing, and Anything Goes at Porthouse Theatre, Inherit the Wind at the Cleveland Playhouse, and Annie at the Beck Center.

Mark’s extensive directing credits include favorites King Lear, Once On This Island, The Learned Ladies, As You Like It, The Who’s Tommy, Moby Dick-Rehearsed, and sadly, the final professional production of Seven Guitars prior to the death of August Wilson. In 2012, Monday directed the world premiere play, Mona Lisa by Ron Burch. Recent directing credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Crucible, Hamlet, and The Grapes of Wrath.

Mark has a long list of fight directing assignments including King Richard’s Renaissance Faire, Chicago Renaissance Faire, Richard III, Three Musketeers, Tom Jones, and A View From the Bridge. As a composer, Mark has written music for North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Medieval Faire at Castle McCullough, and for university productions across the U.S.

Monday's book, Directing With the Michael Chekhov Technique, is published by Bloomsbury and available at all booksellers. His second book, Application of the Michael Chekhov Technique to Shakespeare's Sonnets, Monologues and Soliloquies will be released by Routledge Publishing on December 11, 2019. He is working on his third book concerning the Michael Chekhov Technique.

Contact: [email protected]

Lavinia Hart

Certified Teacher, Founding Director

Lavinia Hart serves as Associate Professor of Theatre and Head of MFA Acting-Wayne State University.  Ms. Hart was the Artistic Director of the Attic Theatre in Detroit for 19 years where she acted, directed and produced more than 100 plays.  She recently directed A Model Apartment for the Jewish Ensemble Theatre.  Other JET directing credits include The Last Yankee by Arthur Miller and 74 Georgia Avenue by Murray Schisgal.  Her most recent WSU directing credits include The Cripple ofInishmaan, The Cider House Rules, Parts One and Two (co-directed with Blair Anderson); A Servant of Two Masters, The Lusty and Comical History of Tom Jones, Translations and Antony and Cleopatra for the Hilberry Theatre.  She was co-director with Patricia Ansuini for the Hilberry’s production of The Kentucky Cycle which won the Oakland Press Award for Best Direction.  


Christopher Bohan

Certified Associate Teacher

Christopher Bohan is a professor of acting at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.  Previously, he taught acting at Lehigh University, Muhlenberg College, Montgomery Community College and Cuyahoga Community College.  He holds and MFA in Acting from Wayne State University and a BA in Theater and Economics from Lehigh University.  He is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.

Christopher began his relationship with the Michael Chekhov Technique in the fall of 2002 at a workshop held by Cathy Albers.  At Wayne State, he studied the technique for three years under James Luse and Lavinia Hart.  In the summer of 2006, he studied the technique at the Moscow Art Theater with Misha 

Nicole Perrone

Certified Associate Teacher

Nicole Perrone currently serves as Lecturer and Retention Specialist in the Theatre Program at Northern Kentucky University. Prior to joining the faculty at NKU, Nicole was an Associate Professor of Acting & Movement at Marshall University where she co-founded the Center for Wellness in the Arts. Nicole is a Certified Teacher of the Michael Chekhov and Alexander Techniques and an Associate Teacher with the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. A graduate of Kent State University, The Neighborhood Playhouse and the New School in New York City, Nicole has worked as a professional actor for twenty years as a member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA.  Nicole is the co-founder and Producing Director of the Lunar Stratagem, a professional, independent theatre company creating original theater works from a variety of sources and touring them in America and abroad.  


Billicia Hines,

Certified Associate Teacher

Billicia Hines is the Director of the Black Theatre Program and Assistant Professor of Theatre at Wayne

State University. Previously, she was Director of Theatre at Elizabeth City State University. She began her

formal training in drama in the high school program at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Thereafter,

she attended NC Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, NC (BFA, Professional Theatre)

and University of Missouri at Kansas City (MFA, Acting).