On the Synchronicity Between Text and the Actor

Playing Shakespeare using the Acting Principles of Michael Chekhov can be a joyous experience and not daunting at all.

Study with world renowned theatre leader Graham Dixon to discover how Michael Chekhov’s techniques can

be used to the text and characterisation of Shakespeare’s plays.


The text is your friend – it will confide in you and tell you all its secrets. Discovering Shakespeare using the acting principles of Michael Chekhov can be a joyous experience and not daunting at all.

- Learn how the analysis of text can be an exciting exploration to reveal the depths and dynamics of a scene rather than a dry intellectual pursuit that paralyses the joy of rehearsals.

- Discover how to bridge the gap between the spoken word and the authenticity of the character.

- Experience a radical new method of improvisation to reveal the essence of a role to ensure it differs from your personality and will be devoid of clichés.

GRAHAM DIXON has developed a common-sense approach to the Chekhov principles and the texts of Shakespeare.

Michael Chekhov's approach connects us to universal principles for both actor and director. These principles can give us a key to unlock the scenes and characters in Shakespeare's plays. We will first practice exercises that relate to speaking and acting Shakespeare. These basic Chekhov exercises include the Body/Soul connection (Psycho/Physical), Movement in Space, Improvisation and Archetypal Gestures.

We will then discover the universal principles that relate to voice work and speech styles; these will be applied to monologues and scene work. As preparation, have a look at Hamlet’s advice to the players and see if Shakespeare himself gives any clues on how to act his plays.

should come with a monologue or it would also be possible if some participants wish to prepare a scene with 2 or more characters.

John Albasiny, Actor
"Graham is an excellent teacher: clear, patient, supportive, non-judgmental, and he continually brought us back to the practical relevance of the exercises and the concrete nature of everything that we were doing. The atmosphere that he helped to create was friendly, fun, concentrated and highly conducive to the work we were doing."

Bowy Goudkamp, Actress
"Another wonderful opportunity to practise the principles of Michael Chekov with the guidance of Graham. How heavenly it is to understand Shakespeare. A phrase frequently traveling through the classroom: ''See! Shakespeare gives it to you!' Using the Chekhov principles to allow for the words to show their meaning in a text."

Graham has been involved in Michael Chekhov work as a professional actor, director and teacher for nearly 50 years having studied with and met many of Chekhov's original students. He is recognized internationally as one of the artists and most important teachers in this approach to the world of imagination and creation.

He first trained and worked professionally as an actor in Sydney, Australia, where he studied voice and speech with Alice Crowther - Chekhov’s speech and eurythmy teacher in England and USA. Contact with Alice and later with the acting method of Chekhov brought an awareness of the inner nature of the actor’s craft: this interest has been the leitmotif throughout his professional life.

Graham furthered his training in Rudolf Steiner’s Creative Speech Method (taught by Alice) at the Goetheanum in Switzerland and The London School of Speech Formation. This was followed by three years’ work as a theatre director of Shakespeare plays and devised works with young people in Germany. Returning to Australia, he started his own theatre company, Dionysia Productions, and produced Henry IV, Part 1 in 1980. Since then, he has been active in directing, writing and performing for his company, which has toured Australia, the UK and Europe with imagination-based fairytale and Shakespeare programmes. In 1984 he returned to Europe and was a co-founder of the Michael Chekhov Centre UK (MCCUK), now known as Michael Chekhov UK (MCUK).

In 2005, Graham founded the Michael Chekhov Studio London (MCSL) in England and continues to offer workshops and classes in the UK, in Europe and USA. Actor and author, Simon Callow is the MCSL patron (formerly Mala Powers, Chekhov’s executrix). Like Michael Chekhov, Graham has an interest in the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and his Anthroposophy (Spiritual Science).

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04 July , Monday 10:00

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