Michael Chekhov Continuous Acting - National Michael Chekhov Association

Joe Herrera, NMCA Certified Teacher Candidate introduces The Michael Chekhov Acting technique: a Psycho-physical approach to acting that uses the imagination, the body, energy and movement as the source of creativity and inspired acting.

Waking Up the Instrument:

These are basic Psycho-Physical exercises one can do daily to increase an actors freedom to express whatever image he/she imagines. it promotes creativity, freedom of expression, fluidity in the actors instrument and a basic understanding of how energy moves.These become, through daily-continual practice/observation/application, the foundation of cultivating more frequent states of inspired action/acting! They are the scales of an actor!

Expansion/Contraction is the most basic pattern of movement. It is the grand archetype of all motion, the black and white of the artistic palette of movement. All movements of a character can be described by their degree of expansion or contraction. A simple 10 scale, using 0 as the most contracted and 10 and the most expanded creates a simple system by which to identify the extent of the opening or closing.

Scrooge is an example of a character that might use contraction or expansion, demonstrating the application of a 10-scale for the evolution of the character.

Qualities of movement- molding, flowing, flying and radiating. These use the elements of earth, water, air and light to express the full potential “how” of the expansion/contraction. The quality of the movement is related to the amount or degree of resistance the movement meets. These are the medium of the artist- the clay or the water color. All movements can be described as being more like earth, water, air or light.

A movement can refer to a physiological motion, as well as to a psychological
movement. Our thoughts, feelings and desires can be expanding, contracting, molding, flowing, flying and radiating.

***This class was taped as part of my capstone project, towards my certification process through the National Michael Chekhov Association. I am currently a Certified Teacher Candidate, pursuing certification with the NMCA.
Visit NMCA for more information at: chekhov.net

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Michael Chekhov Continuous Acting - National Michael Chekhov Association

Joe Herrera, is a Puerto-Rican - American born actor and acting teacher, currently working toward getting certified as a Michael Chekhov Acting Teacher through the National Michael Chekhov Association (NMCA), the longest running professional Chekhov teaching…


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Joe Herrera, is a Puerto-Rican - American born actor and acting teacher, currently working toward getting certified as a Michael Chekhov Acting Teacher through the National Michael Chekhov Association (NMCA), the longest running professional Chekhov teaching certification program in the world. The NMCA is founded by Master Teachers Lisa Dalton, Wil Kilroy and the late Mala Powers. Both Lisa and Wil offer thorough, in-depth training in the Michael Chekhov Technique, and they provide the "go-to" intensive training for actors looking to expand their careers as artists.

The NMCA's mission and goal is to provide intensive Chekhov theatre training of actors, teachers and directors under the discipline, dedication, and inspiration central to the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique. Many professional actors have claimed the technique as integral to their craft, including Johnny Depp, Anthony Hopkins, Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, and Lloyd Bridges.

Joe Herrera specializes in helping actors overcome acting blocks, dry spells, and plateaus. This channel will contain several videos showcasing Joe, teaching the Chekhov process to a group of young actors of varying skill and professional level.

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