In this course:

    1. Overview – “Imaginary Classes”

    2. (1) There You Are – “Technique & Inspiration”

    3. (2) The Intangibles – “Living Processes”

    4. (3) There’s Someone At The Door – “Imaginary Interference”

    5. (4) What A Mess! – “Life is always there”

    6. (5) Marginalized Voices – “Speak about me!”

    7. (6) Battle Of Images – “Imaginary Conflict”

    8. (7) I Feel Too Much, Give Me A Pill – “Sensation”

    9. (8) I Don’t Like It, I Love It! – “Expanding / Contracting”

    10. (9) Who ate the last cookie? – “Ideal Center”

    11. (10) Is there something strange going on? – “Atmosphere”

    12. (11) Are you following me? – “Archetypes”

    13. (12) Interlude – “Actor & Audience”

    14. (13) My friends hated it – “Radiating & Receiving”

    15. (14) Ever talking to yourself? – “Character”

    16. (15) Why are you looking at me like this? – “Psychological Gesture”

    17. (16) Going Places – “Imaginary Centers”

    18. (17) The Other Olympics – “Qualities of Movement”

    19. (18) Watch Me Act! – “Imaginary Body”

    20. (19) Who’s talking when nobody is talking?– “The Pause”

    21. (20) You are never alone – “Tempo”

    22. (21) Showing up – “Radiating”

    1. Martin & the Imaginary Space

About this course

  • Free
  • 3 hours of video content
  • 22 sessions
  • unlimited streaming


Ragnar Freidank

Ragnar Freidank trained as an actor in his native Germany and since 2004 has been teaching acting in New York. He has been on the faculty of Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Brooklyn College, Marymount Manhattan, Michael Howard Studios, The New School and teaches his own Scene-Class. In 2015 he co-founded the Michael Chekhov School in Hudson (NY) together with Fern Sloan & Ted Pugh. He works as a freelance director of theater, filmmaker, location sound-recordist, camera operator and editor. He directed the award-winning narrative film "Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn", starring Joanna Merlin, executive producer Bob Balaban and co-directed the acclaimed DVD series "Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique", produced by the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA). He made the "D&D Roadshow Movie" for Improbable Theatre (UK) and most recently collaborated on Improbable's Show "Tao of Glass", with Phelim McDermott and composer Philip Glass.


“They’re fantastic and so insightful! They really acknowledge the fact that there is a powerful energy that enters into a performance that’s different from what happens during a rehearsal.”

Amanda Gates-Elston

“This video series is a wonderful expression of Michael Chekhov’s approach to acting. It’s alive, protean, at times hilarious and ultimately illuminating. I’m very proud of it. For those of you who’ve been in class with Ragnar, I think you’ll feel like you’re back in the room, at least in your, ahem, imagination…”

Martin D. Anderson

“Every single time I look at it I can not help but think that by this video somehow you are portraying the future. The sense of what future consciousness would taste like can be felt.”

Hyung Seok Jeon

“Images / Reality / Ownership / Manifesting / Belief in self / Belief in the current that surrounds us / Thru which our gifts might speak / That we may give them room to speak, to be, to inform us, warm us, and / Lead / Us / On”

Deborah Keller

A collection of Video Classes for anyone who wants to learn more about the Michael Chekhov Acting Technique

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