Ongoing Training for Actors in & around New York City:

The Michael Chekhov School in 2016
Advanced Teacher Training in 2016
The Theater of the Future in 2016


The Michael Chekhov Technique in New York City
with Ragnar Freidank


(Photo: Scott Burrell)

Ragnar Freidank is from Germany and has been with The Actors' Ensemble for the past 20 years. He was trained as a mime and holds an MFA in Acting from the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. He received a full scholarship from “Villigst”, Germany to study the Michael Chekhov Technique in New York City. His teachers were Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan, with whom he subsequently has been collaborating in The Actors' Ensemble (TAE).

He has worked as an actor in Germany in numerous productions including in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Berlin. He has performed in Budapest, London, Stockholm and in New York.

His theater directing credits include a reworking of Eugene O'Neill's 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' (TAE 2013), Between Worlds (US Premiere, Chekhov Theatre Ensemble, New York), For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (TAE), Oscar und die Dame in Rosa (WerkBühne Berlin, Germany), Monsieur Ibrahim und die Blumen des Koran (WerkBühne Berlin, Germany), Waiting for Godot (TAE; Adelaide Fringe Festival, Australia 2004), I have Never Been Here (TAE) and Uncle Ethan Ripley (TAE).

His film directing credits include Eugene's Ghosts (TAE 2013) and the award winning Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn (2008) starring Joanna Merlin, Executive Producer Bob Balaban. The film won "Best Short Film" at the Big Apple Film Festival in New York City as well as the Audience Awards for "Best Short" at the Beverly Hills HD Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Washington DC Independent Film Festival. It also won Joanna Merlin an award for "Best Actress" at the Strasbourg International Film Festival and Ragnar a "Silver Remi" for Directing at WorldFest Houston. The film was part of the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival 2009 in France. His cinematography credits include the award winning short film SUMI (2013) and 'Queen of Wands' (currently in post production). For Improbable Theatre, UK he shot & edited the D&D Roadmovie - a 30-minute documentary featuring Phelim McDermott.

He collaborated with Julian Crouch and Mark Stewart on the Installation Armchair Parade by making 78 puppet films. The installation was part of their "fireworks residency" at BRIC (Brooklyn) and shown at the Dillon Gallery in Manhattan.

Currently (2014), Ragnar is teaching in the Graduate Acting Program of The New School for Drama and has co-created a Collaboration Class with Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Previously he has been on the faculty of Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Brooklyn College, Marymount Manhattan College and the Michael Howard Studio. In New York City he has also been teaching for  the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio, the Actors Movement Studio, the Linklater Center and facilitated the experimental workshop series Actors Make Films. Ragnar continues to conduct workshops internationally, including in Rome, Tokyo, Zürich, Bucharest and L.A.

He is a board member of TAE and of MICHA (the Michael Chekhov Association) and teaches at MICHA's Workshops & Conferences internationally and in the United States. He served as co-artistic director and as master teacher for "Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique", MICHA's DVD series, published by Routledge.

The Michael Chekhov School, 2016
   2016 in Hudson, NY

* A 9-week intensive residency program during 2016 in Hudson NY. Mentored by Fern Sloan, Ted Pugh, Ragnar Freidank, with Joanna Merlin, Jessica Cerullo and other guest faculty, it offers performers an intensive immersion in the Michael Chekhov Technique.


* The residency times during which the school is in session, are
March 7th – March 19th
June 6th – July 3rd (This session will include one week at the MICHA Conference in New London, CT)
September 12 – September 30th


* The tuition for the whole year is $4500.
This amount covers your participation for 2 weeks in the spring, 4 weeks in the summer and 3 weeks in the fall. Also included in your tuition is one prepared communal meal per work-day. You will be asked to help with light kitchen duties in the clearing up after the meal. Your tuition also covers your participation and stay at MICHA’s 2016 Summer Workshop and Festival for the time our school is in residency at MICHA. Payment schedules can be arranged individually upon request.

* We are looking for actors and performers who are serious about their own craft and development; you don't have to already work professionally , but you would need to have the intention of becoming a professional performer.
* We are looking for applicants who already have some prior fundamental training in acting and who are serious about committing to 8 intensive weeks in the Michael Chekhov Technique.


* The school's mentor-teachers are life time theatre professionals, actors, directors and teachers; their collective resumes include Broadway, film, television, major regional theaters, as well as major universities including the Graduate Acting Program of NYU, the Graduate Acting Program of The New School for Drama, DePaul University in Chicago as well as Columbia University’s School of the Arts in NYC. Most of our faculty are long-time teachers for MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association.


* We are now accepting applications for 2016.

The application deadline for the coming year's program is December 31, 2015. For more information and to apply, please visit:


* To subscribe to the Michael Chekhov School Newsletter, click HERE.


Advanced Teacher Training Workshop, 2016


   MICHA's Teacher Training Workshop

   with Ted Pugh, Fern Sloan & Ragnar Freidank

   May 20-22, 2016 in Hudson, NY


Q&A Videos on Teaching the Technique with Ted and Fern:


  About this MICHA Workshop

This workshop is for teachers who have been integrating the Chekhov technique into their classrooms and who seek feedback on the content of their teaching and on their teaching style. Participants will teach a 45-minute class and receive feedback from MICHA faculty and their peers. Written documentation of each class and each feedback session will be provided to each participant at the end of the workshop. The workshop will accommodate no more than 10 teacher participants who will also serve as students. Participants must have attended a previous MICHA workshop(s) and will be selected based upon an application that details a proposal for their 45 minute class. MICHA faculty members Ted Pugh & Fern Sloan will also offer instruction throughout the intensive. Ragnar Freidank and/or Jessica Cerullo will teach and facilitate a Critical Response Process based upon the work of Liz Lerman and John Borstel.

By Application Only.

For more inforomation:



Theater of the Future, 2016


   with Jessica Cerullo and Ragnar Freidank

   at Connecticut College, New London, CT

   July 2 & 3, 2016 

Do you have a dream about what the future of our theater can be, or a fear of what it will become?
Are there discussions, exercises, plays, songs, books, poems, films, artists, etc. that you feel should get attention but never do?
Are you working on a new book, performance, song, syllabus, idea…?
Are you new to the theater community and seek support or mentorship?
Do you wonder if there is such a thing as the theater community?
Do you typically dread group meetings and conference presentations? Are you looking to change things?
Then these 2 days are for you.

Join us in the summer of 2016 for the THEATER OF THE FUTURE !

"Theater of the Future" is hosted by MICHA and part of Improbable Theatre's D&D Roadshow.

Browse the reports from MICHA's past Open Space Events HERE and HERE

Learn more about the D&D Roadshow and the use of Open Space Technology HERE

Fee: $90 (includes registration and meals for 2 days). On-campus accomodation is available for an additional $100 (dormitory housing with shared bathrooms). If you would like to attend but are unable to pay, please email jessica (at) directly with the subject title ‘T of F scholarship’ with a brief and sincere statement about why you would like to attend the event.

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