Established in 1992, we are the oldest ongoing international program of the Moscow Art Theatre School.  In 2018 the program moved to Europe.  Our first European session took 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.

SUMMER OF 2019 in Riga, Latvia

NOW in Europe after 25 summers in America


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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.


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.




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 The personality of Stanislavsky in his unpublished diaries and letters.How is the new theatre coming about.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?..


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

Faculty and Staff

   Marina Belenky   Program Director

Marina Belenky
Program Director

   Alexander Popov   President & Co-Founder 

Alexander Popov
President & Co-Founder 


What is the Stanislavsky Summer School?

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What are the dates?

Why Riga?


Where is the School located?

What is the schedule of classes like?


What languages are spoken at the School?


How many students are in a group?

Is the program designed primarily for the Americans?

How much will I have to pay?

What about room and board?

Do I need a visa to go to Latvia?

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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.

Our summer session runs for four weeks in July. The exact dates for 2019 will be available soon. 

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 and a cafeteria. 

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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