Summer Chekhov Intensive

Dates: July 6 – August 7, 2020
Duration: 5 Weeks, 30 Hours a Week
Tuition: $3250
Application Deadline Extended: April 15th, 2020

“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. Mr. Schacht will be assisted for the first time ever by Yale Professor of Directing, David Chambers, who brings the final phase of Stanislavsky’s life’s work, featuring improvisations called études, to the Chekhov Intensive. Actor and teacher Annelise Lawson will join Professor Chambers in teaching this extraordinary Russian process. Also new to the intensive this year will be the addition of a Modern Realism On-Camera Acting course. Additional courses in Voice & Speech and Movement will supplement these classes. Offered in the summer only, this is a five-week, 30-hour per week intensive designed for the advanced actor.

Admission Information

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

Student visas for international study are not available for this program at this time. Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents are eligible to apply.

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