The Art of Transformation

All classes at HB Studio will be held online via Zoom Conferencing until we are able to resume classes at the Studio. 


Sign up for either Part A or Part B independently (5 weeks each), or join both for the full 10 week term. You may join Part B without taking Part A.  


Instructor: Janice Orlandi

WINTER 2021: Chekhov on Chekhov
The Playwright and the Actor: Anton and his nephew Michael

Using monologues from the major plays and short stories of Anton Chekhov as our texts, this class explores creating a Chekhovian character utilizing Michael Chekhov’s “psycho-physical” approach to acting as outlined in his book, TO THE ACTOR. Monologues from Anton Chekhov plays will add a classical period speech to your arsenal of audition selections.

Each class begins with a warm-up specifically designed to develop the organic connection between your inner life, creative imagination and expressive body. Through the rigorous practice of Chekhov’s core principles and exercises you explore: Radiating and Receiving, Archetypes, Imaginary Centers, Imaginary Body, Character Atmospheres, Character Portrait, Overall Scenic Atmospheres, Qualities of Movement, Expansion & Contraction, Imaginary Palace, and Character Archetypal Gestures. We explore scoring the overall and scenic atmospheres of the play, character atmospheres and archetypes, leading to the character’s Psychological Gestures.

We will also incorporate Williamson Technique to explore Period Character and Movement, including deportment, silhouette, manners, protocol, period costumes and period props, in order to set the Chekhovian characters in the era or period of the play.

Michael Chekhov and Williamson techniques consists of a wide variety of effective acting tools, which can inspire endless exploration and possibilities for ensemble building and enlarging the actor’s physical ease, creative imagination, transformation and artistic expression. The actor can then bring this sensibility to the creation of a character, exploration of the text, the acting ensemble in rehearsal, and inspired performance.

“The essence of our profession … is to give. What is it that we in the theater give? … We give our body, voice, feelings, will, imagination – we give a form of pulsating art to life itself; we give it to our characters and we give it to our audiences. Nothing, absolutely nothing remains for us save the pleasure of having given pleasure. And yet it is only by this miraculous process that our love grows and our talent is fulfilled and replenished.” –– Michael Chekhov


You may join Part B without taking Part A:

Current and Upcoming