Summer Chekhov Intensive

Dates: July 11 – August 12
Tuition: $3250
Early Bird Application Deadline: February 15, 202

UPDATE (8/30/2021): COVID-19 vaccines will be mandated for all in-person classes at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York and Art of Acting Studio in Los Angeles. Please visit the studio’s Health & Safety page for the latest updates and a list of measures the studio has taken to protect the community against COVID-19:

“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, 30-hour per week intensive designed for the advanced actor.

Classes per Week
Modern Realism Scene Study with Sam Schacht
Analysis Through Action with David Chambers
Modern Realism for the Camera
Voice and Speech
Guest Master Class

2022 Master Classes*
Annette Bening (Film & Broadway Veteran)
Stephen McKinley Henderson (Film & Broadway Veteran)
Lois Smith (Film & Broadway Veteran)
Bruce Norris (Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright)

Bonus October Lecture
Dr. Cornel West (Professor, Philosopher, Author, Activist)

*subject to change pending availability

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. Applicants must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.

Applicant must submit the following:

  1. A completed Online Application Form
  2. Headshot (Photo) and Resume
  3. A $50 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. 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