With Fern Sloan, Ted Pugh & Ragnar Freidank

    1. Welcome!

    1. "Who is out there?"

    2. "Actors Make Films"

    3. "Camera as Performance Space"

    4. "What else is there?"

    5. About the film: "Eugene's Ghosts"

    6. About the film: "Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn"

    7. About the film: "SUMI"


    1. "Either they respond - or they don't" (gesture)

    2. "I am not in a gym" (using the will)

    3. "What is possible in your Imagination" (imaginary centers)

    4. "Be that hollow Head" (weird body experiences)

    5. "The creator is hiding" (the intellect)

    6. "It's Your Process" (journaling)

    7. "In the Battle Zone" (artistic blocks)

    8. "Mushing It All Together" (getting lost in the technique)

    9. "Pushback" (training vs performance)


    1. Mark's Question

    2. Spirit

    3. Higher Ego

    4. A Blueprint

    5. Sense of Wonder

    6. Anthroposophy

    7. What am I?


    1. Anxiousness, Discomfort & the Unexpected

    2. Being Strong & Slacking Off

    3. Anton & Michael

    4. Atmosphere & Feelings

    5. F#&% off - I am working on my ideal center!

    6. What's the Point?

    7. Thaís Loureiro


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Fern Sloan

Master Teacher

Fern Sloan, an actress for over 50 years, is co-founder and co-artistic director of The Actors’ Ensemble and has performed and taught the Michael Chekhov technique in the US, Canada, Europe and Australia. Along with Ted Pugh and Ragnar Freidank, she is also co-founder of The Michael Chekhov School in Hudson, NY. Fern was certified by the Michael Chekhov Studio in New York City to teach the work of Michael Chekhov and was on its faculty for the last three years of its existence. She was co-director and on the faculty of the Speech and Drama Program of Sunbridge College. Prior to founding The Actors’ Ensemble, Ms. Sloan played leading roles in numerous regional theaters in the US and Off-Broadway.

Ted Pugh

Master Teacher

Ted Pugh is the co-artistic director of The Actors’ Ensemble of New York and has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Regional theaters around the United States. After having trained at the Michael Chekhov Studio in New York City, Mr. Pugh was certified as a teacher by Beatrice Straight and Deirdre du Prey in 1983, and was on the faculty at the Studio for the last seven years of its existence. Mr. Pugh has also taught workshops throughout the U.S., Europe, Russia and Australia. A founding member of the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut under the direction of Jon Jory, he began his career at Arena Stage in Washington DC in 1962. Along with Ragnar Freidank and Fern Sloan, he is co-founder of The Michael Chekhov School in Hudson, NY.

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.

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