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Acting in Russian: Method of Etudes | ТЕХНИКА АКТЕРА НА РУССКОМ: МЕТОД ЭТЮДОВ (Snezhana Chernova)

Presented by: Snezhana Chernova

This acting class, conducted in Russian, explores the Method of Etudes developed by Konstantin Stanislavsky. Stanislavsky opened the door for American actors to his famous System when he toured the United States with his celebrated Moscow Art Theatre in the early 1920s. His System became the foundation of American actors’ training, and his American pupils developed it further into methods of their own. For example, in Uta Hagen’s book, A Challenge for the Actor, you can see similarities to the Stanislavsky system.

This class helps Russian speaking actors to find their own voice and uniqueness and reveal the psychology of a character and the emotional life in a monologue and a scene. Learn a contemporary approach to the Stanislavsky system designed to improve your ability to be in the moment on stage using your impulses, images and words. This method will help you build depth of character in an organic way, exploring psychological, physical and verbal actions in given circumstances. You will improve the effectiveness of your interactions with scene partners and break through the problems that block you in performance.

We will work on material written by Anton Chekhov. You are also invited to bring in plays and poetry written by classical and contemporary Russian writers.

(This class is for Russian speaking actors of all levels and will be conducted in Russian)


ПРЕПОДАВАТЕЛЬ: СНЕЖАНА ЧЕРНОВА

Этот Метод был разработан Константином Станиславским, гастролировавшим с Московским Художественным Театром (МХАТ) по Соединенным Штатам в начале 20-х годов прошлого века. Он познакомил Америку со своей известной системой, которая стала фундаментом для обучения местных актеров. На её основе американские студенты Станиславского создали свои актерские методы, преподаваемые в театральных студиях и сегодня. К примеру, в книге Уты Хаген, Вызов для Актера, можно увидеть влияние системы Станиславского на её подход к обучению студентов. 

Этот класс поможет русскоговорящим актерам: найти свой собственный голос и уникальность; раскрыть психологию характера и эмоциональную жизнь в монологе и отрывке из пьесы. Изучение современного подхода системы Станиславского направлено на умение находиться в моменте используя импульсы, образы и слова. Этот метод поможет актерам найти глубину героя через органическое исследование психофизических, физических и речевых действий в предлагаемых обстоятельствах. Актёры смогут повысить эффективность общения с партнерами, преодолевая проблемы, которые мешают им во время представления.

Мы будем разбирать пьесы Антона Чехова.

Студенты могут также предложить свой выбор пьес и поэзии классических и современных Русских писателей.

(Это класс для русскоговорящих начинающих и профессиональных актеров будет проводиться на русском языке)

Acting Through the Method of Etudes (Snezhana Chernova)

Presented by: Snezhana Chernova

Held in-person. Before your first class, please review the information outlined here. 

“The creative imaginary life is often much more realistic and fulfilling than one’s mundane existence.” – Nicolai Demidov

“Art and creativity are mysterious enough without any efforts to make them more so!” – Uta Hagen 

The Method of Etudes, developed by Konstantin Stanislavsky, helps you to improve your ability as an actor to be in the moment on stage, using your impulses, images and words. You will develop acting technique through the practice of independent work, or etudes (meaning” study” in French, widely used in music and art). You will learn how to be yourself in imaginary circumstances, how to observe, select and recreate life around you. This workshop will help you discover your inner emotional life and physical awareness, awake your creativity, and develop your skills as an actor. An actor without imagination is an empty vessel. Creativity and imagination come from evoking your inner potentials, observing life around you, finding magic in simple things, and bringing them to life through your point of view!

Classes will start with a warm up. Please wear comfortable clothes and be ready to move and enjoy the process of discovery.

Sign up for either Part A or Part B independently (5 weeks each), or join both for the full 10 week term. You may join Part B without taking Part A:

Chernova, Snezhana

BIO: 

Snezhana Chernova graduated from the St-Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy in Russia. Before moving to America, she acted at the Baltic Repertoire Theater, St. Petersburg. In New York she studied with the legendary Uta Hagen at HB Studio. She took the Jacques Lecoq workshop with Norman Taylor in NYC and a Theatre Pedagogy course with Anatoli Vasiliev in Venice, Italy. She taught Speech/Speaking voice and Acting at Saint Petersburg State Theater Arts Academy and at the Danish Theater School GITIS Scandinavia. Ms. Chernova was on the faculty at Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts of Trinity College. She has performed in: USA, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Germany and South Korea. Her favorite roles are: Zoya in Dostoevsky’s UNCLE’S DREAM (International tour with Russian-Canadian Theater), Abby in O’Neill’s DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS (Workshop Theater), Natasha in Chekhov’s THREE SISTERS, Margarita in Bulgakov’s MASTER AND MARGARITA, Arkadina in Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL (HB Playwrights Theatre). She is a leading actress with Literary Theater Dialogue, New York. She performed in ABOVE THE BARRIERS, Theater Dialogue, at The World Of The Theater festival in Berlin 2018, Germany and was invited to perform this show in Moscow in 2019. She has been performing at the Metropolitan Opera since 2010, working with world-renowned directors including William Kentridge, Richard Eyre, Tom Morris, David McVicar and others. Film and TV appearances include: THE RING, ALASKA KIDS, POTERPEVSHIY, NO LOVE IN THE CITY, RUSSIAN ENGINE, PROOF OF BIRTH, THE LOUISE LOG, OUTWORLD, FOREIGN SOUNDS, MURDER IN MANHATTAN, FX’s THE AMERICANS, LAW AND ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME AND MR & MRS SMITH


Снежана Чернова

Выпускница Российской Санкт Петербургской Государственной Академии Театрального Искуства (СПГАТИ). До перезда в Америку работала в театре Балтийский дом в Санкт Петербурге. В Нью Йорке брала классы у легендарной Уты Хаген в Herbert Berghof Studio (HB Studio) и технику Лекока с Норманом Тэйлором. Училась на курсе для театральных педагогов у Анатолия Васильева в Венеции, Италия. Она преподавала Речь/Голос и Актерское Мастерство в СПГAТИ и в Театральной школе Дании – ГИТИС Скандинавия. Снежана вела курс Актерского Мастерства в Trinity/La MaMa Performing Arts of Trinity College. Гастролировала по Америке, Канаде, России, Украине, Германии и Южной Корее. Её любимые роли: Зоя в ДЯДЮШКИНОМ СНЕ, Достоевского (Русско-Канадский театр); Абби в ЛЮБОВЬ ПОД ВЯЗАМИ, Ю. Онила (Workshop Theater); Наташа в ТРЁХ СЕСТРАХ, А. Чехова; Маргарита в МАСТЕР И МАРГАРИТЕ М. Булгакова; Аркадина в ЧАЙКЕ, А.Чехова (HBPF Theatre). Она ведущая актриса Литературного Театра Диалог, в Нью Йорке. Со спектаклем Поверх Барьеров театра Диалог принимала участие в театральном фестивале МИР РУССКОГО ТЕАТРА в Берлине в 2018 году и была приглашена с этим же спектаклем в 2019 Москву. Она учавствует в спектаклях Metropolitan Opera с 2010 года, работая со знаменитыми режиссерами: У. Кентридж, Р. Эйр, Т. Морис, Д. Маквикер и др. Фильм/ТВ: КОЛЬЦО, АЛЯСКА КИД, ПОТЕРПЕВШИЙ, ЛЮБОВЬ В БОЛЬШОМ ГОРОДЕ, РУССКИЙ ПАРОВОЗ, PROOF OF BIRTH, THE LOIS LOG, MURDER IN MANHATTEN, FX’s THE AMERICANS, LAW AND ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME, MR & MRS SMITH.

Chernova- The Method of Etudes with Uta Hagen Exercises

Presented by: Snezhana Chernova

The Method of Etudes with Uta Hagen Exercises – A two-workshop series:
Discovering Anton Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL (Sept 16- Oct 14)
Discovering Ivan Turgenev’s A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY (Oct 21 – Nov 18)

Sundays, 12-3pm | $270 for five weeks or both workshop parts for $525 (ten weeks); to purchase both parts, please call the registration office at (212)-675-2370 x1 


“This series of two workshops is dedicated to the memory of the legendary Uta Hagen in the year of her Centennial. She continues to be an inspiration to me today.

“I came from another country, from another culture, and was welcomed to study in her class at HB Studio, where I could learn more about theater and about life. I was able to use the technique that I gained at St. Petersburg Academy of Theater Arts and when working on the professional stage in Russia, and develop new skills under her guidance.” – From the instructor, Snezhana Chernova

Konstantin Stanislavsky’s Method of Etudes helps actors to reveal the psychology of a character and the emotional life in a monologue or scene. In these workshops, you learn a contemporary approach to the Stanislavsky system, designed to improve your ability to be in the moment on stage using your impulses, images and words. This method will help you build depth of character in an organic way, exploring psychological, physical and verbal actions in given circumstances. You will improve the effectiveness of your interactions with partners and break through the problems that block you in performance.

The extremely practical exercises found in Uta Hagen’s world-famous books, Respect for Acting and A Challenge for the Actor, probe the depths and heights of human behavior. They offer the actor a structure for lifelong practice exploring the dynamic interaction between sensory/emotional experience and the creative imagination.


These workshops incorporate The Method of Etudes with Uta Hagen’s technique while you explore a play over the course of five weeks:

Workshop Part 1) Discovering Anton Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL
Sept 16-Oct 14

“Uta Hagen played Nina in THE SEAGULL on Broadway when she was only 18 years old. Throughout her career, she continued working on many more of Anton Chekhov’s plays. In this workshop, I incorporate Uta Hagen’s acting exercises and Konstantin Stanislavsky’s Method of Etudes, as we explore A. Chekhov’s THE SEAGULL.” – Snezhana Chernova

Over the course of this five-week workshop you will explore The Method of Etudes and Uta Hagen’s exercises, applying them as you work on two monologues from THE SEAGULL: one given by the instructor and one of your own choice.

Must be familiar with Anton Chekhov’s play THE SEAGULL.


Workshop Part 2) Discovering Ivan Turgenev’s A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY
Oct 21-Nov 18

“Uta Hagen was very fond of Russian Literature and Culture. She appeared on a TV version of Ivan Turgenev’s A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY. In this workshop, we will discover this play together, and see what we can find anew that resembles life today in this play that was written in 19th century.” – Snezhana Chernova

Using the structured improvisation style that was developed by Konstantin Stanislavsky—The  Method of Etudes—and incorporating Uta Hagen’s acting exercises, over the course of five weeks you will work on dialogues and scenes of Ivan Turgenev’s play, A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY. You will use your own images, feelings, words and personal experiences, communicating and exchanging ideas truthfully and artistically. Through this process, you come to interact with partners more effectively, trusting and connecting, learning to be co-creators, finding an individual understanding, and revealing a unique awareness and appreciation of the playwright’s work.

Must be familiar with Ivan Turgenev’s play A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY.

Chernova: Discovering Chekhov Through the Method of Etudes 2 – Scenes

Presented by: Snezhana Chernova

This class will run for the last 5 weeks of the Spring Term. If purchased with Discovering Chekhov Through the Method of Etudes 1 – Monologues both for $525

You will continue using the structured improvisation style that was developed by Konstantin Stanislavsky, and that you began exploring in Part 1 when working on monologues. You will work on dialogues and scenes from Anton Chekhov’s plays using your own images, feelings, words and personal experiences, communicating and exchanging ideas truthfully and artistically. You will interact with partners more effectively, trusting and connecting, learning to be co-creators, finding an individual understanding and revealing a unique awareness and appreciation of the playwright’s work.

Chernova: Discovering Chekhov Through the Method of Etudes 1 – Monologues

Presented by: Snezhana Chernova

This class will run for the first 5 weeks of the Spring Term. If purchased with Discovering Chekhov Through the Method of Etudes 2 – Scenes both for $525

This method developed by Konstantin Stanislavsky helps to reveal the psychology of a character and the emotional life in a monologue or scene. While focusing on monologues from the works of Anton Chekhov, you will learn a contemporary approach to the Stanislavsky system designed to improve your ability to be in the moment on stage using your impulses, images and words. This method will help you build depth of character in an organic way, exploring psychological, physical and verbal actions in given circumstances. You will improve the effectiveness of your interactions with partners and break through the problems that block you in performance. You will work on a monologue given by the instructor and one of your own choice.

 

Chernova: Acting Through the Method of Etudes – Scenes

Presented by: Snezhana Chernova

Using the structured improvisation style that was developed by Konstantin Stanislavsky, you will work on dialogues and scenes, using your own images, feelings, words and personal experiences, communicating and exchanging ideas truthfully and artistically. You will interact with partners more effectively, trusting and connecting, learning to be co-creators, finding an individual understanding and revealing a unique awareness and appreciation of a playwright’s work.

*if purchased with Acting Through the Method of Etudes – Monologues, both for $525

 

Chernova- Acting Through the Method of Etudes: Monologues

Presented by: Snezhana Chernova

To be held online over Zoom: 

This method developed by Konstantin Stanislavsky helps to reveal the psychology of a character and the emotional life in a monologue or a scene. Learn a contemporary approach to the Stanislavsky system designed to improve your ability to be in the moment on stage using your impulses, images, and words. This method will help you build depth of character in an organic way exploring psychological, physical and verbal actions in given circumstances. You will improve the effectiveness of your interactions with partners and break through the problems that block you in performance. You will work on a monologue given by the instructor and one of your own choice.

Fall 2023 Independent Study Showcase

Fall 2023 Independent Study Showcase of works, featuring Dayoung Ahn, Martha Argyriou, Ching-Tse (Kevin) Cheng, Anna Delova, Christine Elmo, Juan Jose Mojica, Mio Nakanishi, Burak Tatar, Anya Zhang. These artistic works were developed under the guidance of Snezhana Chernova.

November 20 at 6:00pm

at HB Playwrights Theatre
(124 Bank Street, New York)

Artists

Dayoung Ahn, born in South Korea, is a christian artist and actor/musical actor. Since 2022 Dayoung has been indulging herself at HB Studio in New York to stretch and explore more as a human being. She loves to worship and praise and singing gospel.

Martha Argyriou is an actress from Greece. She performed many plays in Greece. She lived in London for five years where she was part of Drama Classes London. Her last show with them was Midsummer’s Night Dream (Bottom). In 2022, she moved to New York where she did the summer conservatory at Stella Adler. She also completed the core program at HB Studio.

Ching-Tse (Kevin) Cheng is a Taiwanese actor based in New York City. Prior to coming to HB Studio, he has trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre. This is his second year at HB, and he is really enjoying scene study and on-camera classes here. Ching-Tse is passionate about telling stories that highlight genuine human connections and beautiful moments of life even in the midst of hardship and challenges.

Anna Delova is an artist from Minsk, Belarus. Anna has studied at Stella Adler and HB Studio.

Christine Elmo (she/her) spent most of her childhood in Lexington, Kentucky before moving to New York. One of her degrees is a BFA in Dance Performance where she also studied acting and art in addition to her dance studies. Since 2014 she has studied at HB Studio, intermittently. She has studied and likes improvisation in both dance and acting. Having studied dance for so long, it is her starting point for seeing and interacting with anything in the world. She is grateful to be studying at HB Studio and with Snezhana Chernova.

Juan Jose Mojica is a Colombian actor based in NYC. He is new to writing dialogue for the theater. Juan is thankful to his professors and peers at HB for the attentive feedback and cultivation of his work.

Mio Nakanishi is from Japan. A Musical theater performer/singer/actor/dancer of Japanese traditional dance. She is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) and Ballet Arts in NYC and Osaka College of Music in Japan. This is her second year of HB studio. Her favorite classes are Ms.Lorraine’s Acting the Song and Scene Study. She loves going to see all Broadway shows and lots of other musicals and plays in NYC.

Burak Tatar is originally from Türkiye, Istanbul, Based in New York City since 2008, Multi-Award-Winning Filmmaker, Stage Director, and Actor trained at HB Studios, taught by Legendary Artists; Austin Pendleton, Jack Hofsiss, and Jack Garfein. Recently teamed up with Vincent Pastore helping him at this acting workshops as well as collaborating on Film and Theatre projects together since 2020. Recently, latest project Prime Real Estate screened at the Picture’s Up Film Festival at the Lee Strasberg Studio in LA, selected by the Jury President Tony , Pulitzer and Academy Award Winning Writer Director John Patrick Shanley, and East Coast Premiere at the Bowery Film Festival Nov 8th. His upcoming Short Film; One Last Gig starring Vincent Pastore, Austin Pendleton and Terry Gibson will be filmed later this year.

Anya Zhang is a non-binary multilingual actor, visual artist and writer from China and currently based in New York City. Graduated from Stella Adler Studio of Acting and currently being trained at HB Studio. Former psychology/art therapy student. Visual artist and writer. Also has dancing and singing trainings. Recent credits include Smart People (theatrical), would you set the table if I ask you to (theatrical), Teen Tourble in Dirty Jersey (short film), This Could be Heaven (short film).

Snezhana Chernova graduated from Russian State Institute of Performing Arts (LGITMIK). She studied with the legendary Uta Hagen in New York. She taught at the LGITMIK, Danish Theater school GITIS Scandinavia and Trinity/La Mama of Performing Arts of Trinity College. She currently teaches Acting 1 at HB Studio. Snezhana is a leading actress with Literary Theater Dialogue, New York. She is happy to work with young artists and help them to develop their talents and be creative.


HB Studio’s programs are supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and many generous supporters.

Independent Study Project Lab – Summer 2023

Summer 2023 Independent Study Students have spent the past couple of weeks developing their work and craft. Join us August 20 for a showcase of their projects.

Participants: Mai Ozeki & Ayaka Yamamoto
Guest Presenters: Elena Clark Denisova & Youlim Nam

Instructor: Snezhana Chernova

About Independent Study Lab

For artists who are interested in developing their own projects, this is an independent class working solo or with a partner on an independent study project that you devise, under the guidance of HB faculty, Snezhana Chernova.

You must submit a proposal for review and approval prior to registering. The proposal should include a work-plan, proposed outcome, and the estimated number of hours required to complete the project. Creative projects might be shared in public presentations at HB Playwrights Theater at the end of the term.

Undertaking independent study requires a commitment to check-ins with the instructor and  weekly 2.5 hour group meetings to report objectives, progress, trouble shoot, present projects, and exchange ideas. An additional one-on-one 30 minute session with the instructor may be held each week.

Examples of projects include: Writing a screenplay/play, doing a podcast, doing a live stream performance series, monologues or scenes, creating a TV pilot, writing a music, shooting a documentary or short/feature film, writing a poetry etc. Selected projects might be shared on HB Studio social media channels.

This Independent Study Project Lab requires a commitment of 4 hours per week.

This Lab is offered with meetings in person at HB Studio on Mondays from 10:00 am to 12:30pm with the possibility to meet online if the project requires so.

Now offered in Fall Term 2023. Open to all.

HB Studio’s programs are supported in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and many generous supporters.