Ragnar Freidank is from Germany. He was trained as a mime and holds an MFA in Acting from the Conservatory of Music and Theatre in Hamburg. He received a scholarship from Villigst (Germany) to study the Michael Chekhov Technique in New York City; his long-time teachers were Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan, who were both certified by Beatrice Straight, one of the few actors to receive certification by Michael Chekhov to teach his method.
Mr. Freidank has worked as an actor and director in Germany, and has performed in Budapest, London, Stockholm and New York. His film Beautiful Hills of Brooklyn, starring Joanna Merlin, executive producer Bob Balaban, won multiple awards on the international film-festival circuit.
In New York City he has been on the faculty of Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Brooklyn College and Marymount Manhattan. He was invited by Michael Howard to work in his studio, where he subsequently taught a weekly scene study class for several years. He has also regularly been conducting workshops in Zurich, Rome and Tokyo.
Mr. Freidank is a teacher and board member for MICHA, the Michael Chekhov Association, and was a featured master-teacher and co-artistic director of MICHA’s DVD series "Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique", published by Routledge.
Most recently he co-founded the Michael Chekhov School in Hudson, NY - an immersive program for performers and theater makers, who want to train intensively in the Michael Chekhov Technique.
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Embodied Practice: Chekhov