Michael Chekhov worked with Constantine Stanislavski, Artistic Director of the Moscow Art Theatre, for 16 years as an actor. Though Chekhov originally studied and applied Stanislavski's system to his acting, he did not agree with Stanislavski's use of Affective/Emotional Memory, which he found limiting and potentially harmful to the actor. Instead, Chekhov discovered that through specific and repeatable physical movements, the Psychological Gesture, the actor could awaken his will or action center. The Psychological Gesture is a tool used by the actor to increase one’s desire to act or to do. Chekhov understood the subtle nature of the mind/body connection and how this connection could be accessed through imagination, improvisation, psychological gesture, archetype, ensemble work, and atmosphere. Michael Chekhov developed an acting technique, a 'psycho-physical approach', in which transformation, working with impulse, imagination and inner and outer gesture are central. It offers clear and practical tools. This technique can be employed to call up consistent emotions in theater night after night, or on set, take after take. Elizabeth Ann Townsend is a professional actress and educator. She has worked in New York City on stage, television, film, and in regional theatres across the country. Ms. Townsend is a certified Michael Chekhov Technique Instructor via the Great Lakes Michael Chekhov Consortium. She has taught the Chekhov technique at universities across the country and now joins The Actor Factory roster of instructors to teach this technique to you.