The Actors’ Ensemble mission is to honor and celebrate the heart of the theatre experience, which is in the hands of the actor. Utilizing the acting method of Michael Chekhov, the Ensemble has created original work that has the actor at the center of the storytelling experience.  The Actors’s Ensemble is a nonprofit organization that seeks to create theater which is accessible and affordable to all members of the community.

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Ted pugh, artistic director

Ted Pugh began his career at the Arena Theater in Washington DC in the early 1960s. Soon after he became a founding member of the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut under the direction of Jon Jory. He has appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in regional theatres in the US. He was trained at the Michael Chekhov Studio in New York City, certified as a teacher by Beatrice Straight and Dierdre du Prey in 1983 and taught at the Studio for the last seven years of its existence. He has taught workshops throughout the US, Europe and Russia, and is currently on the faculty of the Michael Chekhov School in Hudson, NY.

RAGNAR FREIDANK, DIRECTOR MICHAEL CHEKHOV ACTING SCHOOL    Ragnar Freidank  has been part of the acting faculty at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Brooklyn College, Marymount Manhattan and was invited by Michael Howard to work in his acting studio in NYC. He received a scholarship from Villigst, Germany to study the Michael Chekhov Technique in New York City with Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan, with whom he has been collaborating in The Actors’ Ensemble for the past 20 years. Currently he is teaching in the Acting Program of The New School for Drama in New York City, and Mr Freidank founded the Michael Chekhov School of Acting with Ted and Fern.

RAGNAR FREIDANK, DIRECTOR MICHAEL CHEKHOV ACTING SCHOOL

Ragnar Freidank has been part of the acting faculty at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, Brooklyn College, Marymount Manhattan and was invited by Michael Howard to work in his acting studio in NYC. He received a scholarship from Villigst, Germany to study the Michael Chekhov Technique in New York City with Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan, with whom he has been collaborating in The Actors’ Ensemble for the past 20 years. Currently he is teaching in the Acting Program of The New School for Drama in New York City, and Mr Freidank founded the Michael Chekhov School of Acting with Ted and Fern.

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fern sloan, artistic director

Fern Sloan, an actor for over 40 years, began her career at the Guthrie Theatre, and has performed and taught the Michael Chekhov technique in the US, Canada and Europe. She was certified by the Michael Chekhov Studio in New York City to teach the Michael Chekhov technique and was on its faculty for the last three years of its existence. She was co-director and on the faculty of the Speech and Drama Program of Sunbridge College. Prior to founding The Actors' Ensemble, she played leading roles Off-Broadway and was seen in numerous regional theaters in the US. Fern is on the faculty of the Michael Chekhov School in Hudson, NY.

BETHANY CAPUTO, ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE   Bethany has performed at such theaters as the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Arena Stage, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Gooodman, among others .  Bethany has television and film credits that include “Law and Order SVU,”“FBI,” and “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.” Bethany has worked with The Actors’ Ensemble to adapt, develop, and produce Henry James’ novel  Washington Square . She will perform  Trip to Bountiful  with the Ensemble in Spring 2019. Ms. Caputo has taught for the Michael Chekhov School of Acting, the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio NYC, The Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA), the Shanghai Theatre Academy, Zurich University of the Arts, Victoria College of the Arts, the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, as well as several universities in the NYC area.

BETHANY CAPUTO, ARTISTIC ASSOCIATE

Bethany has performed at such theaters as the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Arena Stage, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Gooodman, among others. Bethany has television and film credits that include “Law and Order SVU,”“FBI,” and “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.” Bethany has worked with The Actors’ Ensemble to adapt, develop, and produce Henry James’ novel Washington Square. She will perform Trip to Bountiful with the Ensemble in Spring 2019. Ms. Caputo has taught for the Michael Chekhov School of Acting, the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio NYC, The Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA), the Shanghai Theatre Academy, Zurich University of the Arts, Victoria College of the Arts, the National Institute of Dramatic Arts in Sydney, as well as several universities in the NYC area.

This is an interview with Ted Pugh and Fern Sloan about the history of the Ensemble, and was created by Ragnar Freidank, film artist, longtime actor and director with TAE, and current Director of the Michael Chekhov School.