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Max Hafler

Max Hafler  began his professional life as an actor, training at LAMDA and working with a whole number of distinguished actors and directors. He is a theatre tutor, director and writer who now specialises primarily in Michael Chekhov Technique and Voice. He trained in Chekhov Technique at MICHA and Michael Chekhov Europe. He teaches at University of Galway  Ireland, and has guested at Boston MIT, USMaine Gorham, the Lir and others. He has worked extensively on youth and applied theatre programmes. His book, Teaching Voice,and  most recently "What country Friends is This?" are published by Nick Hern Books . He set up Chekhov Training and Performance Ireland to make the West of Ireland a hub for the acting technique. Of his many productions, his most recent professional production was for The Sacrificial Wind , a poem-play by Lorna Shaughnessy about Iphigenia which was made for online viewing and shown at several events and festivals. His college and youth theatre work include The Caucasian Chalk Circle, Yerma ,The Trial, The Bacchae in the version by David Greig and Twelfth Night, which was explored in "What Country?"


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Declan Drohan

Declan Drohan ( ChekovLab Ireland) M.A H.Dip.Ad.Ed. lectures on Performing Arts Hons Degree Programme at ATU Sligo. Former Course Leader of Acting Programme at Conservatory of Music and Drama DIT Rathmines, Declan trained with Gaiety School Of Acting and Michael Chekov Europe. Recent acting work includes award winning short films ' The Date ' and Mr L's Limbo. He is a member of the popular Dark Leaves Theatre Co vintage radio company. His directing credits include Cathleen Ni Houlihan at Lisadell House and the Hawkswell Sligo, and Frank Pig Says Hello and Beneath the Bone Moon at the Dublin Theatre Festival.

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Rena Polley is a Toronto based actor, writer, producer and teacher. She has worked in theatre, television and film for over thirty years. Rena originally studied with Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof in New York City. She has been studying with master teachers from the Michael Chekhov Association for twenty years and has her Teachers Certificate in the technique. She is a member of MICHA and a regular participant in international workshops in the US and Europe. Rena is co-founder of Michael Chekhov Canada and the Artistic Director of The Chekhov Collective , a theatre company inspired by the principles of Michael Chekhov.

Niall Colleary


Niall Colleary is a lecturer in Performing Arts at the Atlantic Technical University. He is a teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique. He began working in Theatre in the early 1990’s and his performance experience ranges across Stage, Film, and Television. He holds a Master's degree in Theatre Studies. His teaching interests include, acting for camera, improvisation,comedy, devised theatre, new technologies and performance. In addition to teaching, Niall continues to perform, most recently in his own adaptation of the Cyclops episode from Joyce's Ulysses and as a member of Old Time Radio, performing 1930’s radio scripts for live audiences. 

Hugo Moss

Hugo Moss is UK-born Irish and has lived in Brazil for 30 years, working in many artistic fields, and as film and theatre director was so inspired by Michael Chekhov's artistic legacy that he began teaching the technique full-time in 2010. He is co-founder of Michael Chekhov Brasil, a studio based in Rio de Janeiro and pioneer for the teaching and practice of the Michael Chekhov technique in Brazil. He has taught as Visiting Professor at the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) and is a faculty member of Lenard Petit's Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York.

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