Praxis Acting Studio: an artistic home for actors in the heart of screenland


The Fundamentals

Michael Chekhov, Stanislavski’s “most brilliant student”, developed his own psychophysical approach to acting.  Chekhov’s work unifies the psychology of the character with the body via movement, gesture and imagination to create an active inner life.  

2- cLasses - Spring 2018

8-Week  Intensive

Michael Chekhov Fundamentals:

Weekly - Begins, April 2nd

Time: Mondays 7 PM - 10 PM

Location: The Electric Lodge, 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, CA 90291

Dates: April 2-May 21

Price: $500  

$250 due by April 2nd

Final $250 due on April 30th

The focus of this 8-week class will be on the core fundamentals of Michael Chekhov’s psychophysical appraoch to acting: The Four Borthers, Image, Incorporation, archetype, qualities of movement, atmostphere, imaginary body, imaginary centers, higher-lower ego, and exploration of Chekhov's Psychological Gesture as means to provoke the actor’s body, spirit and imagination into action and transformation.

RSVP immediately via email if you want to hold a spot and which class you want to attend!

Admission is by Audition or Referral only

4-Day Psychological Gesture Workshop

At Berg Studios

We are very excited to have Hugh O’Gorman, a master teacher in the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, return to Berg Studios to conduct a four-week workshop in The Psychological Gesture. Unlike Hugh's previous workshops, there are no prerequisites for this workshop.  All are welcome to participate. 


Hugh studied under Earle Gister (Yale School of Drama), and is one of the foremost acting teachers in America, with a unique and valuable perspective on psychological gestures, the psychophysical, and the psychology of the “working actor.”  

The complete workshop details are below. If you would like to sign up, please reply to this email or call the office. There are limited spots available. 


The psychophysical approach to acting is most fully exemplified and realized in the work of Michael Chekhov, Stanislavski's “most brilliant student,” who was widely recognized as one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. Chekhov developed an approach to acting that affords the actor access to resources within himself – feelings, will impulses, character choices – that are based not merely in personal experience but on the actor’s imagination and physical life.  

During this four week workshop, the actor will be introduced to the essential elements of the psychophysical approach to acting, what Michael Chekhov called the “Psychological Gesture” and its relationship to Image.  Day 1 will include a thorough exploration of “incorporating” images as well as the power of image as applied to the Psychological Gesture.

Over the course of the four weeks the participant will also be introduced to the four guiding cornerstone “Qualities of Movement”, as well as a number of others, through a variety of highly physical exercises, and corresponding imagination work. We will also engage in the exploration of Archetypes and the application of Qualities of Movement to Chekhov’s Psychological Gesture.  Finally, the work will be applied to dramatic text. The student will need  a memorized monologue with which to apply all elements of the workshop.


Dates:     Saturday, March 24, 2018
                           Saturday, March 31, 2018
                           Saturday, April 7, 2018
                           Saturday, April 21, 2018


Time: 1:00-5:00PM


Location:  This workshop will not be held at studio.  It will be held at an offsite location in Glendale.


Price: $325 students, $375 non-students

            **Please note: to qualify for the student discount, you must be enrolled in a Scene Study class for both March and April.


Desean Terry

Studio Administrator