Online Summer Chekhov Intensive

Dates: July 6 – August 7, 2020
Duration: 5 Weeks, 16 Hours a Week
Tuition: $1600
Applications are Closed

COVID-19 Update: One of the studio’s driving aims is to provide an environment that values humanity above all else. In these pandemic times, that means taking the best of advice of local authorities toward community health and safety. New York City continues to shelter-in and the studio has decided to move all summer programs to Zoom. Online summer programs allow us to offer actors a chance to train with world-class faculty while observing important social distancing measures.

“The actor that masters Chekhov masters all of modern realism” – Stella Adler

In accordance with Stella Adler’s words, the Stella Adler Studio of Acting has created an advanced-level summer intensive which endeavors to illuminate modern realism through the lens of its greatest practitioner. Anton Chekhov offers plays with roots as deep as Sophocles and branches that reach to Beckett, Williams, August Wilson and beyond. His plays are deeply human offering the world a mirror in which we can see our deepest selves. He offers true substance to the studio’s central claim that “growth as an actor and growth as a human being are synonymous.”

Master Teacher Sam Schacht leads this intensive with his modern realism scene study class. Yale Professor of Directing, David Chambers, will bring the final phase of Stanislavski’s life’s work, featuring improvisations called études, to the Chekhov Intensive. Additional courses in Voice & Speech and Movement will supplement these classes. Offered in the summer only, this is a five-week, 16-hour per week intensive designed for the advanced actor.

Class Hours per Week
Modern Realism Scene Study with Sam Schacht (6 Hours)
Analysis Through Action with David Chambers (6 Hours)
Voice and Speech (2 Hours)
Movement (2 Hours)
Total Hours = 16

All classes will be held live remotely via the Zoom online platform.

Admission Information

Admission to the Chekhov Intensive is by interview and audition. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.

Applicant must submit the following:

  1. A completed Online Application Form
  2. Headshot (Photo) and Resume
  3. A $45 non-refundable application fee (payable to Stella Adler Studio of Acting)


The audition should consist of one contemporary or realism based monologue no longer than 90 seconds in length. Phone Interviews and Video Auditions are acceptable, if necessary. After the interview and audition have taken place, applicants will be formally notified by phone regarding their acceptance in the program.

Master Teacher Sam Schacht on the Chekhov Intensive