Developing the imagination

Michael Chekhov in actor training

Authored by: Joanna Merlin

The Routledge Companion to Michael Chekhov

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  May  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415710183
eBook ISBN: 9781315716398
Adobe ISBN: 9781317506867


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The following discussion outlines the incorporation of the Michael Chekhov (MC) acting technique into the first and second year of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in the Acting Program at the School of Dramatic Art, University of Windsor, Canada, which was established in 1968 by Daniel Patrick Kelly. 1 Currently, twenty-four students are accepted into the program annually, after passing a rigorous entrance audition. The main thrust of the program involves studio training in acting, voice, and movement, supplemented by an education in the liberal arts. The studio curriculum was originally designed by Kelly after a model created by Michel Saint-Denis for the National Theatre School of Canada/École nationale de théâtre du Canada, Montreal. Saint-Denis outlines a four-year program, defining the years as follows: the Discovery Year, the Transformation Year, the Interpretation Year, and the Performing Year (Saint-Denis 1982: 86–87).

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