Michael Chekhov was acknowledged by Stanislavsky as his most brilliant student. However, contrary to Stanislavsky, he maintained that reliance upon an actor’s personal life history and emotional experience was far too limiting, and so he developed a training technique based upon working with images. In his book To The Actor, he states: “To develop a Theatre of the Future, actors will need to develop their Imaginations far beyond the actor training usual at the time.”
In his preparation towards what he termed “inspired acting” and “future theatre”, he emphasises training the imagination through Psycho-Physical exercises that use physical and speech gesture. These exercises provide the actor with a simple and practical means for calling up energy and emotions, while joining the actor’s psychology, body and voice with the unique character he or she is bringing to life.
In this Masterclass, we will explore Chekhov’s psycho-physical exercises, with a view to progressing your technique as an actor of future theatre.
Participants should be at least 18 years old, with basic experience in acting.
Maximum number: 25
About the teacher
Jane Gilmer is a full-time faculty member of ITI where she teaches Acting. She is an experienced performer, teacher and director of theatre. She trained in the speech and drama techniques of Rudolf Steiner infused with the work of Michael Chekhov, at the Harkness Studio Sydney in the 1980s. Born in New Zealand, she has lived and worked with theatre internationally for most of her life. Most recently she spent the past 10 years teaching theatre in Singapore and lecturing at the National Institute of Education, NTU. In 2008, Jane attained a diploma in Holistic Psychotherapy to deepen her pedagogical approach to teaching theatre. Her studies include the in-depth psychological work of C. G. Jung, particularly his work in psychological alchemy, and how this might be aligned with Steiner’s indications on Speech and Drama and Michael Chekhov’s theatre technique.