Marjo-Riikka Makela, Artistic Director, Chekhov Studio International

Private Coaching
Michael Chekhov Technique
Advanced Scene Study
Advanced On-Camera
Directors Circle

Marjo-Riikka Makela (SAG, AFTRA, AEA, FIA) is a director, world renowned acting coach, and a professional actress. She has specialized in a variety of different acting techniques, is a long-standing faculty member of the Michael Chekhov Association, a teacher for MICHA’s teacher training program, and has worked extensively with the Michael Chekhov Technique both as an actress and director. Ms. Makela received her training at the Russian Academy of Dramatic Arts (GITIS), holds an MFA in Acting from CSULB, and has extensive stage credits from Europe. Here in USA some of Marjo-Riikka’s favorite roles include Medea in direction of David Bridel, Yelena in Uncle Vanya at the Classic Stage Company in NYC,  and her work with Sarah Kane and Andrei Malaev-Babel at the Stanislavsky Theatre Studio in Washington DC. Her favorite directing credits include many Anton Chekhov plays, Shakespeare, Schiller, T. Williams, and an abundance of devised work. Recently, Ms. Makela has taught at the Stanislavsky Institute and School of Cinema, Brazil, The National Theatre, Finland, California State University LB, Acting Corps Studios, ActorFest, Chapman University, Loyola Marymount University, The Insurgo Theater Movement, The Actor’s Movement Studio (NYC), the INTAR Theater (NYC), The Actors’ Gang, University of Southern California, and CalArts MFA programs.  Marjo-Riikka does weekly private coaching for many successful TV and film actors and actresses*. She has coached actors for films and series such as The Office, Silicon Valley, HER, Togetherness, Reunion, 10 Year Plan, True Blood, Madmen, CSI, Californication, Mentalist, Castle, Nip Tuck, Alphas, Body of Proof, Ghost Whisperer, Entourage, How I Met your Mother, General Hospital Night Shift, Bones, Numb3rs , Deadwood, in Treatment, Vampire Diaries … to mention a few. She has clients around the world, and she has been featured in Back Stage, the Los Angeles Times, American Theater Magazine and several major European publications. Marjo-Riikka is a faculty member at the National Theatre Academy, Helsinki, Finland, and an honorary member of the Stanislavsky Institute.
“Being allowed to teach, learn, share, play, discover, and create each day, is a true blessing. THANK YOU all my students, clients and friends. YOU are highly appreciated!” ~ Marjo-Riikka

Matthew Floyd Miller

Matthew Floyd Miller

Acting with Accents,
Grotowski Technique

MATTHEW FLOYD MILLER is an adjunct instructor for East Los Angeles College Theatre Arts Department and California State University Los Angeles. He is also a professional actor who has worked all across the U.S. for over twenty years. He has been an adjunct instructor of acting at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts – Experimental Theatre Wing where he has taught courses in Grotowski based physical acting training as he learned it from Master Teacher Stephen Wangh (author of An Acrobat of the Heart). He has also taught this work to a wide variety of students at Working Classroom in Albuquerque, New Mexico, East Los Angeles College Theatre Arts Department, where he has also been a guest director, California State University Long Beach and Cal State Los Angeles. He has taught acting and scene study workshops for professional actors at Chekhov Studio International in Los Angeles and the Rubicon Theatre Company in Ventura, California. He has acted on Broadway in Not About Nightingales, directed by Trevor Nunn at Circle in the Square and The Invention of Love directed by Jack O’Brien at Lincoln Center Theatre. He has also worked at prominent Off-Broadway, regional and Los Angeles theaters such as Signature Theatre Co., The Peccadillo Theatre Co., A Contemporary Theatre – Seattle, Arena Stage – Washington D.C., The Old Globe, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Dallas Theatre Center, Playmaker’s Rep., Cincinnati Playhouse, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Geffen Playhouse, The Theatre @ Boston Court, The Falcon Theatre, The Rubicon Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Ensemble Theatre Co and L.A. Theatreworks. His television and film credits include Hand of God, Colony, Major Crimes, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, and All Good Things, Gun Woman and the upcoming comedy feature Stan the Man. Matthew received his MFA from the New York University, Tisch School of the Arts – Graduate Acting Program and his BFA from the NYU, Tisch School of the Arts – Experimental Theatre Wing.

Hollace Starr

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HOLLACE STARR is a director, actor, and teacher in the Los Angeles area.  She is an Associate Professor of Theatre and the Head of Voice and Movement at Pepperdine University, and is a Designated Linklater Voice teacher.  She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio, where she taught voice for 2 years under the artistic direction of Martin Landau and Mark Rydell.  Hollace is a founding member of Rogue Machine Theatre and on the Board of Trade City Productions, which owns and operates LA’s first mobile theatre truck.  CREDITS - Directing: Falling, Circle Mirror Transformation and Eurydice (Pepperdine University), Three Views Of The Same Object and There’s No There There (Rogue Machine Theatre), Best Wishes (Crown City Theatre). Voice, movement, and dialects: Taming of The Shrew, Well (Lisa Kron), Curtains, Medea (Ben Power version), Hedda Gabbler, Big Fish, South Pacific, Heritage (Nicola McCartney), Crazy for You, The Interference, and others.  Acting: Yard Sale Signs and Milkmilklemonade (Rogue Machine), A Chicago Christmas Carol (Crown City Theatre), Small Tragedy (Odyssey - Ovation Award nomination), Vieux Carre (Trade-City), Window Of Opportunity (The Met Theatre), and productions at The Fountain Theatre, The Actor’s Gang, and more. Hollace performed her one-woman show My Dad Came Dressed As Marilyn Monroe at Highways Performance Space and at the Hysteria Festival in Toronto, Canada. Hollace received her MFA in acting from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television.