Secrets of Chekhov

Bruce Katzman has been teaching the plays of Anton Chekhov for over 30 years. Mentored by Earle Gister of the Yale School of Drama, Bruce’s approach provides exciting insight into the complex subtleties that drive Chekhov’s characters and their relationships.

“Each time I work with Bruce I’m struck with a bolt of inspiration. His deep understanding of Chekhov, the history of the  plays, and the specificity of the characters are like no other.”

– Chris Messina


A continuing series of online Master Classes, Webinars and Workshops focused on the Major Plays of Anton Chekhov.

WEBINAR sessions (pre-recorded) last 60-90 minutes, during which a single scene is examined with a single pair of actors. Fourteen of Chekhov’s most ‘popular’ scenes are analyzed.

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS, currently on the Zoom platform, are generally six-weeks in length with small numbers of participants.

PRIVATE COACHING is also available at an hourly rate. Contact me.


Bruce Katzman’s bio and testimonials to his work are found here


Diving more deeply into the plays than perhaps you are accustomed to, your skills at Script Analysis and Character Breakdown will be greatly advanced, turning what might seem like dead and boring text into lively, delightful, and often funny human interactions that are reflections of how we behave in real life.

The techniques practiced here were the foundation of acting training taught at the Yale School of Drama for nearly 20 years under the leadership of Lloyd Richards and Earle Gister. Actors trained in this methodology include: Paul Giamatti, Tony Shalhoub, Kate Burton, Laila Robins, Patricia Clarkson, Frances McDormand, John Turturro, Courtney B. Vance and Angela Bassett, to name but a few.

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