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Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

David S. Leong

Second Advisor

Dr. Aaron Anderson

Third Advisor

Josh Chenard


When it comes to actor training in higher education, there are many practitioners from which to choose. This thesis describes the teachings of Sanford Meisner and Michael Chekhov and the benefits of combining their techniques. This thesis further explores five elements deemed necessary to every actor’s training. These elements are approached through the techniques of Meisner, Chekhov and a combination of their teachings.

These five elements are explored through a workshop and performance. During the workshop, I devised and taught new hybrid exercises to approach these elements through a combination of the teachings of Chekhov and Meisner. Responses from workshop participants are included. Finally, the combination of techniques is discussed through the performance of two roles in a Virginia Commonwealth University theatre production.

This thesis hopes to serve as a guide to instructors and participants looking to explore the benefits of combining the methodologies of Sanford Meisner and Michael Chekhov.


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