THE FOUNDER OF THE FEAST
MICHAEL CHEKHOV (1891-1955) began his career at The Moscow Art Theatre in its historic formative years. Working alongside Stanislavsky (who considered him his most brilliant student), Uncle Anton Chekhov, Vahktangov, Meyerhold and other talents, Chekhov brought transformative characters to the stage through ‘fantastic realism,' a balance between the tangible and intangible, which proved too radical for the Russian government under Stalin. Chekhov lived and worked throughout Europe before beginning studios in England and Hollywood. There he developed his psychophysical technique - a set of tools and exercises, which use movement, feelings, fantasy and energy to systematically lead actors and artists to creative and inspired states with joy and ease. He stirred the wills of actors including Anthony Hopkins, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Monroe, Gregory Peck, Yul Brynner and Ingrid Bergman. He humbly and courageously sought to continue Stanislavsky's work, building upon and striving towards a bold, expressive, imaginative theatre by inspiring others to do the same, looking devotedly to the theatre's ideal future.
"The great mission of the contemporary actor is to save the objective Atmosphere in the theatre and with it to rescue the human facet of his profession." Michael Chekhov, On the Technique of Acting.
"Social, cultural problems can be solved by the means of our beautiful, mysterious, great profession, the theatre."
Michael Chekhov, Lessons for the Professional Actor.