Michael Chekhov Technique with Sinéad Rushe 3rd November 2019

Sunday 3rd November 2019, 11-2pm at Sadler’s Wells

Michael Chekhov Technique with Sinéad Rushe

 This workshop will focus on some of the key principles in the technique of Michael Chekhov (1891-1955), one of the most renowned Russian actors and pioneering acting teachers of the twentieth century. Through exploring his radical psycho-physical tools of ease, beauty, entirety, receiving, we will investigate what it really means to come into the present tense and how the art of spontaneity can be learnt and inspiration prepared. We will examine how getting in touch with our ideals as artists can transform and expand our practice.

This workshop is open to performers, teachers and directors, as well as non professionals wishing to gain an embodied understanding of Michael Chekhov’s ideas.

Please wear loose clothing that you can move in. Bring a short piece of text from a play that you would like to work from; you do not need to learn it by heart.

Early bird booking fee if booked and paid for by 3rd October 2019 £45.  From 4th October 2019: £55.  Students & Spotlight members will receive a 10% discount with proof of ID/Spotlight link.  MoCap Troupe members will receive a 15% discount.

Email sarah@shapesinmotion.com for a booking form.


Sinéad Rushe is a theatre director, performer and teacher. She studied at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and École Normale Supérieure, Paris, France before training as an actor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK where she is Senior Lecturer in Acting and Movement on the BA Acting CDT programme. She specialises in the Michael Chekhov Technique and Meyerhold’s Biomechanics.

Directing credits include Concert (The Pit, Barbican, Centre National de la Danse, Paris, and 2017 Dublin Dance Festival; Gradam Comharcheoil TG4 2018 Award-Winner), Out of Time (The Pit, Barbican, London, Baryshnikov Arts Centre, New York & international tour; nominated for Olivier and Dance Critics’ Circle Award), Gogol’s Diary of a Madman with Living Pictures (Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, & international tour) and Something or Nothing with Guy Dartnell (The Place Theatre & tour), commissioned by Sadler’s Wells.  She has directed four shows with her own company, out of Inc: Loaded (The Old Rep, Birmingham, Jacksons Lane, London), Night-Light (Oval House, London, Bristol Old Vic & tour), Life in the Folds (BAC, London & tour), and An Evening with Sinéad Rushe (BAC, London), all supported by Arts Council England. She is the author of Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique: A Practitioner’s Guide, (forthcoming, Methuen 2019), and is the co-translator into French of four plays by Howard Barker (published by Editions Théâtrales, Paris).

Sinéad Rushe’s new book, Michael Chekhov’s Acting Technique: A Practitioner’s Guide is now available on Amazon and from Bloomsbury.

The book provides a complete overview of the whole method, and includes illuminating explanations of its principles, as well as a wide range of practical exercises that illustrate, step by step, how they can be applied to dramatic texts. Drawing on the full range of Chekhov’s writing in English and French, it also examines unpublished material from the Dartington Hall archives and features interviews with actors who have worked with the technique, including Simon Callow and Joanna Merlin.