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46 Merchant St
Honolulu, HI, 96813
United States


Classes & Auditions

Money will make you famous; Television will make you rich; But theatre will make you good."
–Terrence Mann

“Inspired” Acting Workshops at Kumu Kahua Theatre

Donna Blanchard

WHAT: Acting Workshop Based on V. Meyerhold’s and M. Chekhov Techniques

 WHERE: Kumu Kahua Theatre, 46 Merchant St

WHEN:  February 10 and 17, 11am-4pm

COST: $120

INFO and REGISTRATION: 808-536-4222,       

HONOLULU, HI— Continuing with their commitment to developing local actors, Kumu Kahua Theatre will be offering a workshop with the internationally trained instructor, Ella Tereshchenko. 

About the workshop:

Develop your acting skills through a series of systemized exercises based on the techniques of Vsevolod Meyerhold and Michael Chekhov. Discover the depth of your imagination and physicality through specific movement exercises, involving breath - sound - voice. Develop inspiration and trust in your own artistic individuality. This series of psychophysical exercises will open the door into your sincere emotions and creativity. Find the keys with which to build a character from point zero to full persona. Deepen your sense of space, time, and atmosphere. Improve your ensemble building skills.  

This intensive two day workshop is designed to benefit all levels of actors and performers.  We will explore the four pillars of Michael Chekhov’s acting technique: Imagination and Concentration; Atmosphere; Individual Emotions explored through Movement; and Physiological Gesture.

About the facilitator:

Ella Tereshchenko graduated from the St. Petersburg Academy of Theater and Film in Russia and become an early member of Adasinsky’s Derevo Theater Troupe. She went on to co-found Leen Teatro, which represented the Czech Republic in international theater festivals performing all over Europe.  She earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in directing from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she also taught acting. After graduating, she performed in experimental productions in New York City and St. Petersburg, Russia. More recently in March, she worked with Viktoria Naraxsa, choreographer of Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot, on The Tempest at Linekona and Naraxsa’s experimental performance Close at Mark’s Garage.  Ella recently co-founded Honolulu based Rhizome Theater Lab. She also successfully facilitated The Emergence, an experimental acting workshop at Marks Garage in June 2017.

The cost per person is $120 and substantial discounts are available for all theatre artists who have been involved in a Kumu Kahua Theatre production during the last year.

Please wear comfortable clothes to move, comfortable shoes, and bring yoga mat if possible.

For more information about the class, call: 808-308-4391 or email:

To learn about discounts and register, contact Kumu Kahua Theatre at 808-536-4222 or email

Kumu Kahua productions are supported in part by The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and Arts through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts. Also paid for in part The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority, The Hawai‘i Community Foundation, McInerny Foundation (Bank of Hawai‘i, Trustee); Hawaiian Electric Industries (HEI) Charitable Foundation, The Atherton Foundation and Hawaiian Electric Company; The Star-Advertiser and other foundations, businesses and patrons.

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