Teacher Training

Certificate of Completion

Inspired by Michael Chekhov’s generosity and insights into the art of acting, at MICHA we believe that Chekhov’s acting technique belongs to those who commit to study it and endeavor to practice and develop it. We do not certify artists to be "master teachers." Rather, we seek to support, inspire, and provide a community of one's peers in the common study of Chekhov’s technique. In offering a Certificate of Completion teacher participants have an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Chekhov’s technique so that they may return to their classroom and incorporate what they have learned before returning again to share with the MICHA community. We feel that time is an essential part of the process — both time with MICHA, and time away from MICHA. We support your efforts to accept, reject, digest, adapt and apply the work in your own field. Year after year we delight in the myriad approaches that teacher participants take to meet this challenge. Some elect to make offerings during MICHA events such as teaching demonstration classes, convening a session during our Theater of the Future open space, or performing in the summer Festival. Others have collaborated outside of MICHA by creating panels at academic conferences, publishing articles, writing books, inviting one another to guest direct/perform etc. In this way MICHA acts as a home base and the fertile ground for collaboration and exploration. Your unique circumstances may necessitate that you take longer than 3 years to complete the 6 workshops to earn your certificate. This is fine. In fact, many earn the certificate and continue to attend workshops.

Certificate of Completion Requirements

Teachers who wish to earn MICHA’s certificate of completion must commit to a minimum of three (3) summers of training in order to complete six (6) week-long workshops. Additionally, all certificate holders must complete a seminar in Chekhov's Five Guiding Principles. Four of the six workshops must include participation in the Fundamental and Continuing acting tracks as well as Teacher Trainings 1 and 2. The remaining two workshops are elective. Choose from repeated participation in the Fundamentals or Continuing Acting tracks, Advanced Acting track, Directing track, Devising track or Teacher Training 3. Some electives are by application only. The seminar in the Five Guiding Principles does not require an application and is offered remotely, online each January and occasionally during the summer International Workshop.
 
Example Schedule 1
Year 1: Fundamentals Acting Track & Continuing Acting Track
Year 2: Five Guiding Principles Seminar, Elective, and Teacher Training 1
Year 3: Elective & Teacher Training 2
 
Example Schedule 2
Year 1: Fundamentals Acting Track, Five Guiding Principles Seminar
Year 2: Continuing Acting Track and Teacher Training 1
Year 3: Elective and Teacher Training 2
Year 4: Elective
 
Example Schedule 3
Year 1: Fundamentals Acting Track
Year 2: Continuing Acting Track, Elective and Five Guiding Principles Seminar
Year 3: Elective and Teacher Training 1
Year 4: Teacher Training 2
Year 5: Elective
 
Example Schedule 4
Year 1: Fundamentals Acting Track
Year 2: Continuing Acting Track
Year 3 Five Guiding Principles Seminar, Elective
Year 4: Teacher Training 1
Year 5: Teacher Training 2 
Year 6: Elective

Question and Answer Series

You are welcome to check out our Q&A series for supplemental material and resources.

We encourage all teachers to read Michael Chekhov's Lessons for Teachers. Translations are available in English, Russian, and German.

Summer Training

Classes that count toward the teacher training certificate offered during our 2021 online workshop are the 5 Guiding Principles seminar and the electives Devising and Directing. Our teacher training 1, 2, 3 and Fundamentals and Continuing tracks will resume when we are able to offer our workshop in person in 2022.

You can find upcoming Online Workshops currently offered here.