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Kevin Jackson Masterclass – Chekhov & Shakespeare

Kevin Jackson Masterclass: Chekhov & Shakespeare

An 8 week Chekhov and Shakespeare exploration masterclass for professional working actors.

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Course Overview

This special edition of the normal eight week Master Class will focus solely on the work of  Anton Chekhov and William Shakspeare; four weeks Chekhov, then 4 weeks Shakespeare. Kevin will take actors through a range of practical techniques and studies, using partnered scenes for a fully immersive experience. Each week, twelve students partner up and rehearse in their own time, and present the scenes and homework to the group for re-direction and analysis. This series is a great refresher for Shakspeare auditions or a way of stretching yourself further into this seminal material.


Note from Kevin : In the contemporary theatre and especially, film acting, the importance of the readable ‘Inner Monologue’ sprung from the text is of paramount importance. It wins Academy attention (note Timothee’ Chalamet) in the final minutes of “Call Me By Your Name”. Working on Chekhov and Shakespeare will underline an awareness to a technique, a practice, to achieve just that.


This course is a hot house of great actors pushing the limits and learning new possibilities under the tutorage of one of the best acting coaches in Australia. Anybody is able to apply, however we do require a high level of skill for entry and it is preferred students have worked with KJ before, have an understanding of his technique, or a high level of industry experience, however it is not essential. So please note that this series is invite only, with the highest standard being sort, so a place on the course is not guaranteed.

Course Outline

Over the eight weeks each participant will work on various scenes for the group, being directed by Kevin, looking at the following areas:

  • Personalisation
  • Linear Work – punctuation, grammar & use of language
  • Deep Text analysis
  • Character work & analysis
  • Use of physical space to inform character & story

Course Outcomes

Development & practice of craft lie at the core of the Masterclass:

  • Stronger ability to understand the complexity of classic plays and confidently approach the text. 
  • Exercise and development of acting ‘muscle’.
  • Greater awareness of writers and plays in the cannon
  • Understanding and implementation of the Creative Habit.
  • Ability to greater analyse, punctuation, beats, & rhythms of text
  • Increased awareness and spirit around the true artistry of acting.

Autumn Series Session Details

When: 8 x Monday Nights

Dates: 14th May – 9th July, 2018 (No class on Queen’s birthday)

Time: 7pm – 10pm

Venue: 18 City Rd, Chippendale, NSW 2008

Cost: Non-Members: $480.00 / Members: $432.00 incl GST

Participants12-14 Maximum

Session Details


About Kevin Jackson

Kevin Jackson is one of the country’s most experienced acting teachers. In 2011 he retired from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) after more than twenty years service to the school, and in the process trained some of the most prominent and emerging actors in the industry today. For more than fourteen years Kevin also taught at the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, and more recently at The Actors Center in Sydney and now at The HubStudio. Graduates Kevin has taught during his time at NIDA include, Baz Luhrmann, Richard Roxburgh, Jacqueline McKenzie, Miranda Otto, Cate Blanchett, Essie Davis, Nicholas Bishop & Sam Worthington.

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Apply For The Course

Please send an expression of interest including your C.V. to or use the below form. Please note the course is by invitation only. If accepted we shall send out an application form with all the course information. Notification for acceptance will be made no later than one week before course commencement.

If offered your place will only be held once payment is received in full. Failure to do so will forfeit your place on the course. For more information or queries please don’t hesitate to call on (02) 9212 0522 or alternatively email us on the above address.

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Further Questions

The HubStudio prides itself on helping professional actors to facilitate their training journey. If you would like more information about this course, or more importantly which courses would suit you best, then please email or call us to discuss your training goals.


18 City Rd Chippendale, NSW 2008
Main: (02) 9212 0522