24 JULY - 28 JULY 2017 :  WEEK ONE

 31 JULY - 4 AUGUST 2017 : WEEK TWO

MCSL presents its annual Summer Intensive Workshop...



Workshop led by Graham Dixon  

Director and Founder of the MCSL

MCSL Patron is Simon Callow


    ▪    Comprehend why Michael Chekhov’s approach is light years ahead of other drama pedagogies

    ▪    Study with world renowned teacher Graham Dixon

Quantum Physics has penetrated the atom to its smallest particle. Physicists call this the quantum level or quantum field in the ‘spacetime’.  There, it is found that all is light and information - all is consciousness - and there is no separation between ourselves and every other thing in the universe.  At present, this is a theory and not a law but both deal with examining the Principles that govern things.

Michael Chekhov’s approach to the art of acting is equally holistic and creative : whereby we connect to the Principles and develop a relationship with them, as they are the Principles that form the basis of our earthly and spiritual existence.

Our WHOLE existence.

If creativity is the restoration of order as we relate to this ‘chaos’ of the Principles, then each aspect of Chekhov’s approach leads us to the source of our own creative potential. 

Creativity is our capacious ability to comprehend and clarify these Principles to ourselves, for our personal use.

Quantum Acting: what does it mean?  It is about space and time as a continuum: how to create space and how to ‘hold’ it.  

A space where something can happen, something can enter in to it.  

THEATRE is also a ‘spacetime’ where something happens, where an event takes place.  This is why we use the word THEATRE in a non-theatrical sense, in phrases like ‘the theatre of war’ or ‘the operating theatre’ in a hospital. 

With THEATRE, a physical or non-physical cum metaphysical space or place has been created or set up where something that is planned happens and which may turn out one way or the other : the battle is either lost or won, the patient on the operating table either dies or recovers.

Thus, THEATRE is a quantum field of zero point energy called a Zero Point Field : a state of lowest energy, not a state of no energy.  It is a space awaiting and supporting something to happen within it.  But WHAT and HOW?

We can try to create that space by ritual (either religiously or by a simple act of drawing a circle on the ground which will hold what we wish to manifest) or we can actually create that space in the here-and-now by working with the Principles in the Zero Point Field, which bring about a genuinely vivid theatre space.

We shall have created a ‘spacetime’ where things of an unseen nature may come about, like : the soul realm of feelings, emotions, thoughts, memories, images, and the essence of a person or character whether on a personality level (mask or behaviour) or on an individual level (the Ego or genuine ‘I’).

In theatrical terms, we would be able to speak of the embodiment of the character (which the actor is portraying) from working with the Principles AND the field of zero point energy.  In this sense, we can now talk about Quantum Acting.


We will practise how to create or set up this Zero Point Field (or the Universal Field of Consciousness).

Week One: The foundation Principles of Chekhov’s approach will be introduced; most importantly, the psychophysical or

body-soul connection, which leads on to our connecting with the environment - the space and people around us (ensemble).

Week Two: Texts will be used to show the connection of the actor to the character to be portrayed through verbal language.


£350 : Week One

£590 : Week One & Week Two


Ian Bevins




London SW12


Monday 24th - Friday 28th July

Monday 31st - Friday 4th August


10am - 5pm Monday to Friday


Please come with a short learned monologue and nursery rhyme.


Please wear loose comfortable clothing and soft footwear with no heels in which to work, as your feet need to sense the floor easily. No trainers or sports shoes.


Stuart Falconer, Actor


"What can I say: I loved it, I was feeling rather flat and stagnate in my approach to our art and your workshop “The Actor As Artist” was like a breath of fresh air - I would even go as far as comparing it to a birth or re-birth.  The exercises were inspiring and, at times, unbelievably sensual: to find that the slightest movement could change your speech tone and posture was transforming.  In fact, a word need not be uttered to convey your message and that the feeling of something ‘dropping in’ and reacting to that impulse feels so real and liberating, in the sense of what every actor strives to find, that is, the so called ‘truth’.”


Graham has been involved in Michael Chekhov work as a professional actor, director and teacher for nearly 50 years having studied with and met many of Chekhov's original students. He is recognized internationally as an important master teacher in the Chekhov approach to the world of imagination and creation and to finding ones own ‘Artist within’.

At 16 he began his training and worked professionally as an actor in Sydney, Australia, where he studied voice and speech with Alice Crowther - Chekhov’s speech and eurythmy teacher in England and USA. Contact with Alice and later with the acting method of Chekhov brought an awareness of the inner nature of the actor’s craft: this interest has been the leitmotif throughout his professional life. Like Michael Chekhov, Graham has an interest in the teachings of Rudolf Steiner and his Anthroposophy (Spiritual Science).

He furthered his training in Rudolf Steiner’s Creative Speech Method (taught by Alice) at the Goetheanum in Switzerland and The London School of Speech Formation. This was followed by three years’ work as a theatre director of Shakespeare plays and devised works with young people in Germany.

Returning to Australia in 1975, he started his own theatre company, DIONYSIA PRODUCTIONS, and produced Henry IV, Part 1 in 1980 - despite the theatre burning down during rehearsals, the show went on!

Since 1980, he has been active in directing, writing and performing for his theatre company, which has toured Australia, the UK and Europe with imagination-based fairytale and Shakespeare programmes.

In 1984, he returned to Europe and was a co-founder of the Michael Chekhov Centre UK (MCCUK), now known as Michael Chekhov UK (MCUK).

In 2003, Graham founded the MICHAEL CHEKHOV STUDIO LONDON (MCSL) in England and continues to offer workshops and classes in the UK, in Europe and USA.

SIMON CALLOW, renowned actor and author, is the gracious patron of the MCSL.

(formerly Mala Powers, Chekhov’s executrix)


If you have any questions, contact us in London:


Workshop led by Graham Dixon  

Director and Founder of the MCSL

MCSL Patron is Simon Callow

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