Dawn Arnold / Chekhov Studio Chicago

Dawn Arnold / Chekhov Studio Chicago

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My teaching artist career is all about enabling the talent of actors and guiding them through my experience with the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. I teach classes and workshops in my studio, Chekhov Studio Chicago, and coach actors individually. I find that class instruction is the best beginning as it establishes a foundation. Some students might feel more comfortable one on one, and I am happy to help them. You can find out more about me on the site of my theatre company, Moving Dock Theatre and Chekhov Studio Chicago - 

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About the studio: http://www.movingdock.org/site/workshops-and-events/

I love opening the door to my student's possibilities. I enjoy helping actors feel free and confident. All talent needs is a process and development and I see every day that this work is upliting and inspiring.

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Chicago, IL 60657
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  • Jeremy Stanton

    Dawn is amazing. Easy to communicate with and gets back to you very quickly. I love working with her.

  • Katie Haynes

    Dawn has been my teacher, my mentor and my friend for close to five years now. Each lesson I spend with her enlightens me not just as an actor, but as a human being. It was through her I learned the importance of wearing my characters body and being able to take it off and on for my performance and mental health. Dawn embraces the humanity in Chekhov that so many still have a hard time seeing. I used to loathe his work, believe nothing was happening and she was able to pull back that vail and show me the truth. Dawn is a blessing for any actor.

  • Emily Nikfar

    I have been seeing Dawn Arnold for acting lessons using the Chekhov Method. She is a wonderful, patient teacher with a kind presence. She is very knowledgeable and has a lot of techniques to get her students where they want to go with their work.

  • Ginger Leigh Schmidt

    I have worked with Dawn Arnold as my theatre professor, mentor, and coach since 1998. No matter how far I've come in my level of training (beginner to professional), throughout the years Dawn has helped me achieve my artistic goals. I will continue to seek her guidance and train with her company. Whether you are a beginning actor or a seasoned professional, I could not recommend anyone more than Dawn.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

First, I talk with you in a phone interview to find out what you are seeking, what you did in any previous study, and what approach I teach. If we are working with essentials of acting, I will guide you in exercises. If you are ready to work on a character, we will figure out which character and scene and how to prepare. After you have done your preparation, we will work on developing the character and understanding the scene. As you are ready to perform the scene, I will observe you and further guide you.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a certified, master teacher of the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, trained by the Michael Chekhov Association. I hold and MA in Musical Theatre from Roosevelt University and an MFA in Professional Actor Training from Ohio University. I have been a professor at Roosevelt University and Northern Illinois University. I am a Guest Teaching Artist for colleges and universities and am on the Faculty of Chekhov Studio Chicago, Michael Chekhov Acting Studio New York, and the Michael Chekhov Association.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$50/hour private session

Classes and workshops see the Chekhov Studio Chicago link

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching performing arts right after graduating from undergrad at Butler University. I taught violin privately for many years. After embracing my theatre career, I taught in schools and had private clients. I began my acting studio teaching in 2003.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work mostly with teens and adults who are entering the theatre/film career paths. Most have had some study prior to working with me, and have self-identified as a serious actor. Maybe because I teach Michael Chekhov Acting Technique, I find that very dedicated acting students come to me.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Just taught our annual Free Workshop at Chekhov Studio Chicago. It was so great to meet actors who are serious about developing their craft and their art and wanted to find out more about the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

If you are completely new to acting, take a class first. Actors do their professional work with others and need to get used to operating in a group. However, there is much preparation work that needs to be done to be ready to audition, rehearse, and perform. Take your study seriously and invest in it. The more you study, the more confidence you gain and the more mastery you earn.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

You should think about your goals, but not just in terms of end-gaining a dream of fame and glory. Think about what you know you know and what you think you need to know. If you have been studying, what do you feel needs work? Do some research into available approaches. Ask about the process a teacher uses and what a typical session will be like.

Lessons offered

Acting Classes Theater Acting Classes