ABOUT THE PROGRAM

 

Established in 1992, we are the oldest ongoing international program of the Moscow Art Theatre School.  In 2018 the program is moving to Europe.  Our first European session will take place in Riga, the capital of Latvia.

Join us in the pursuit of the Stanislavsky System the way it is taught in Russia today. We don’t teach a style, or a genre, instead we study the grammar of modern acting

Our curriculum includes daily Acting Technique (Stanislavsky and Michael Chekhov), and Scene Study (Chekhov, Gogol, Ostrovsky and modern Russian drama), Movement Training, Voice Coaching, and Theatre History Seminar.

All classes are taught in English.

July 2-29, 2018 in Riga, Latvia

First time in Europe after 25 summers in America

 

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ACTING CLASS

Students will concentrate their work in the following areas:

•special breathing technique;
•relaxation exercises and basics of meditation;
•stage awareness;
•imagination and boldness on stage;
• emotional memory and emotional awareness;
•partner and stage interaction;
•stage improvisation;
• creative games and stage freedom;
•basics of psychoanalysis and text analysis.

MOVEMENT

Our movement training is based on the teaching of Andrey Droznin.  It is a combination of the tradition of Russian psychological theatre (Stanislavsky and Evgeni Vakhtangov) with the crucial discoveries of Russian avant-garde directors of the 20th century (Meyerhold biomechanics, Tairoff's elastic training, emphasized space of Les Kurbas, etc.)

The program includes elements of stage, circus and trick acrobatics; locomotor skills – walking, jogging, jumping, hurdling, falls; stage combat and slow motion technique.

 

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DRAMA HISTORY

Main topics for this class will include the following: 

  1. The personality of Stanislavsky in his unpublished diaries and letters.How is the new theatre coming about.
  2. The Stanislavsky System: myth and reality.
  3. Stanislavsky in the context of Russian and world theatre (Stanislavsky and Meyerhold, Stanislavsky and Brecht, Stanislavsky and contemporary theatre.)
  4. America in the life of the Moscow Art Theatre.
  5. Beyond My Life In Art (Stanislavsky after the revolution.)

Suggested reading:

  1. Jean Benedetti. The Moscow Art Theatre Letters. 
  2. Mikhail Bulgakov. Black Snow. 
  3. Donald Rayfield. Anton Chekhov: A Life
  4. Anatoly Smeliansky. Is Comrade Bulgakov Dead?..

SCENE STUDY

Students will be working on some of the following plays: 

  1. Anton Chekhov: Ivanov, The Cherry Orchard, Uncle Vanya, The Seagull, Three Sisters
  2. Alexander Ostrovsky:  Diary of A Scoundrel, Talents & Admirers, The Storm. 
  3. Ivan Turgenev: Month in the Country

In preparation for the Summer School we recommend that you read:

  1. Konstantin Stanislavsky. My Life In Art and An Actor Prepares. 
  2. Michael Chekhov. Technique of Acting. 
  3. Articles by Evgeny Vakhtangov and Vasily Toporkov in Actors on Acting

How to apply

Step One - Now

APPLICATION PACKAGE

We will contact you as soon as we receive your application package. 

  • Fill out and submit the Application Form.
  • Email us your updated resume, recent headshot, and 2 reference letters from your teachers and/or directors.
  • Pay €35 application fee here from your PayPal account or by using your debit or credit card. 

Step Two - by May 1, 2018

ENROLLMENT PACKAGE

Enrollment Contract and Security Deposit are due on or before May 1, 2018. 

  • Complete the Enrollment Contract 
  • Pay €500 security deposit (charged against your tuition.) 

Enrollment is limited. To secure your place in the program please apply early. 

Step Three - by June 1, 2018

PACK YOUR BAGS

Your balance is due on June 1, 2018

  • Remit your balance due.
  • Visit our FAQ section.
  • Read all books on the reading list

Please make your travel plans ahead of time. We expect you to arrive in Riga no later than Sunday, July 1, 2018. The departure date is Sunday, July 29, 2018. For help with travel arrangements please contact us. 

Payments
 

Tuition and Payments

 

Tuition for the 2018 session is €1,800 for four weeks.  All payments shall be made in Euro. 

First part of the tuition, your SECURITY DEPOSIT in the amount of €500, is due on or before May 1, 2018.

The remaining tuition balance is due on June 1, 2018.

We offer housing with the choice of single and double-room occupancy.  Your housing charge should be included in the final payment due on June 1, 2018.  Housing rates for 2018 will be published here when they become available. 

 

Faculty and Staff

   Marina Belenky   Program Director

Marina Belenky
Program Director

   Alexander Popov   Founding Executive Director 

Alexander Popov
Founding Executive Director 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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We are the oldest international program of the renowned Moscow Art Theatre School. Established in 1992 in Boston by Oleg Tabakov, Artistic Director of the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre who was then the Dean of the Moscow Art Theatre (MXAT) School, it has recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. While our first class was only 17 students, we have trained over 750 students total.

We can't answer this question for you. We teach Stanislavsky System the way it is taught today at the Moscow Art Theatre School. We are the teachers of that School, actors and directors of the Moscow Art Theatre. We think that the Stanislavsky System is the grammar of acting. We are not teaching a particular style, or a genre. Instead we are trying to help each actor finding a way to him or her own self.

Four-week session runs July 2-29, 2018

Two reasons: first of all we are in love with the city!  Secondly, our friends in Riga really like the idea of us coming. We thought it was time to change the set, to broaden the circle of friends and students. We are certain – you will also like it in Riga!

You will find us on a quiet street in the city center, near the Train Station. In the Cultural Center The Moscow House here we found everything we need to run the summer school: well lit classrooms and studios, wide hallways, showers, and even a green room. 

Morning classes (9:00 - 12:00) are scheduled in groups – acting exercises, movement, and voice. After lunch break there is a Master Class for the entire School (13:00 - 15:00). The rest of the day there are scene study rehearsals (15:30 - 19:30) – both faculty supervised and independent.  Classes are scheduled Monday through Saturday, Sunday is off. The program culminates with the Scene Study Showcase for invited audiences. 

All classes at the School are taught in English. Some exceptions can be made in the Scene Study class. Our directors speak Russian, English and Latvian. If a group of students working together would like to perform in Latvian or in Russian, this request can be accommodated. For all other langugages we will need a truly bilingual students capable of receiving instructions in English and performing in the native language. 

Each group is usually 10-15 students. 
 

No. In 25 years in the United States we have worked with students from 22 countries, and we certainly hope to expand that list!

Tuition is €1,800. This amount does not include room and board. You can make your payment here uising major credit card or PayPal account. 

We offer single- and double-room housing at special rates in hotels and hostels nearby the School. The canteen at the School will be serving hot meals 3 times a day. 

Most likely, you will not need a visa, since Latvia is EU member, as well as Schengen Treaty participant. Latvia also has visa waiver treaties with many other countries. For a full list please visit this link

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