GLMCC Teacher and Actor Certification Program Details

Teacher and Actor Certification Programs at University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH

The Teacher and Actor Certification Programs in the Michael Chekhov Technique are the chief focus of GLMCC. Upon successful completion of the three Module structure, participants are awarded certification through the University of Mount Union and the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. This program is the only one of its kind to offer certification in the Michael Chekhov Technique through an institute of higher learning.

The Founding Directors of GLMCC believe that a certification program in the technique is of vital importance to reach Chekhov’s goal of “ideal theatre". At GLMCC, we teach teachers, those who may teach in future, and actors interested in applying the Technique to their work.

To be certified, participants complete three Modules of work over a three summer period. It is a sequential program and all participants meet during the same week working in separate spaces. There are other assignments during the year including submitting lesson plans and reflection papers which GLMCC evaluates as part of the certification process.

When we meet in summer for the conference we work from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The work is intense and rewardingly exhausting. There are numerous sessions throughout the day and week which follows a curriculum carefully designed by the Founding Directors of GLMCC. The curriculum follows Michael Chekhov’s, To the Actor, from Introduction through Composition under the expertise of Certified Teachers.

There are numerous ‘spy-back’ sessions and participants in Modules 2 and 3 have opportunities to teach to their peers. The teaching sessions are evaluated by faculty and results are shared with participants. At midpoint during the conference, participants meet one-on-one with faculty for individual evaluation.

GLMCC welcomes participants who have some background in the Michael Chekhov Technique, have a passion for teaching, and/or acting, and are willing to be part of a strong ensemble.

For more information please contact Catherine Albers, Founding Artistic Director:



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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Dates for our 2020 Conference at University of Mount Union!

Module 4-May 25-June 1

Module 3-May 30-June 6

​Module 2-May 31-June 6

​Module 1-June 1-June 6

​Music Theatre Workshop-May 31-10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

​​Registration is now open! You can register through the following link:

​We will once again offer the Music Theatre Workshop

Description below:​


​The Michael Chekhov approach to performance preparation is an elastic technique that adapts well to all genres.  When applied to Music-Theatre the technique expands dramatically, affording singer-actors a richer and more integrated rehearsal and performance experience.  Nearly all of the tenets of the technique can be expressed in musical form creating a unique bond between actor and music.  For example, the principle of Staccato/Legato can be applied instantly to the creation of a character, connecting the actor directly to the aspects of rhythm and phrasing.  Furthermore, singing actors can embody the tempo of music in the physical life of the character, either matching the motion of the music or engaging in physical counterpoint (polarity) to the music.  These are, of course, also musical terms used in song preparation; this overlap of vocabulary helps to unify the overall creative process.  This course will introduce a variety of exercises that explore how the various principles of the Michael Chekhov Technique (Atmosphere, Four Brothers, Qualities of Movement, Three Sisters) apply to Music-Theatre rehearsal and training.

The workshop will be geared toward teaching the Technique to Music-Theatre students. We welcome those who wish to sing and those who wish to observe the teaching process. All participants will be involved in the exercise portion of the class. If you wish to sing please bring sheet music in the proper key and be prepared from the beginning of your chosen piece. Memorize 16-32 bars, preferably a ballad from the Music-Theatre rep. An accompanist will be provided. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2020 and will be taught by Jim Haffner, Certified Chekhov Teacher and  Professor of Opera, University of the Pacific.