Chubbuck Technique (ENG)

Chubbuck Technique

The Chubbuck Technique has been developed by the American acting coach Ivana Chubbuck. This acting technique – based on the teachings of Stanislavski - is the only acting technique that is scientifically based on psychology and human behavioural science.  Many international A-list actors, such as Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Travis Fimmel, Halle Berry, Jared Leto, Jake Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Thure Lindhardt, etc... have been able to build successful careers by using this effective technique.

The Essence of the Chubbuck Technique

People are inspired by others who, in spite of obstacles in their lives, do not give up the pursuit of their life’s goal. These people are our heroes and role models, who give us hope. Those who do not take responsibility for their own lives and who are in a rut, easily bore us. With that in mind, a successful actor (one who creates hope and is therefore not boring) needs to recreate dynamic characters who will do anything to achieve their goal, in spite of any obstacles. Attempting to win your objective or goal is the core of the Chubbuck Technique. Any actor who uses this technique will always choose to create empowered characters who inspire hope in the audience.

12 Tools

The Chubbuck Technique uses 12 tools which help the actor to better understand their character and help them to personalize their role by using their own personal experiences, pain and needs. Besides the 12 tools, the Chubbuck Technique teaches the actor how to access their deeper emotions, how to create chemistry with their scene partner, how to create organic fear, how to understand the mind of a serial killer or psychopath and how to portray a character that is intoxicated or drugged without the actual use of alcohol or drugs.


Why work with the Chubbuck Technique?

When actors work with the Chubbuck Technique experience, they experience many benefits, including how to:

  • Use 12 tools to analyze a script and character.
  • Recreate a dynamic and real character by using your own personal experiences and pain. You also learn that real emotions are not the end result, but that emotions are the fuel which you use in order to win your character’s objective.
  • Access deep emotions, using the exercises from the technique.
  • Create a character with many psychological layers and depth.
  • Understand your character and yourself without any judgment. Understanding your character without judging, helps you fully understand every reason of his being and personal journey. Removing the self-judgment, gives you permission to break emotional and physical barriers. In so doing, you will grow both as an actor and as a human being.
  • Make high stake choices in your work, which will differentiate you from other actors. This is the key to a great career.

The Power of The Actor

'The Power of the Actor' is Ivana Chubbuck’s best seller, in which she explains and illustrates her technique with examples from her own students and personal life. Her book is being used by many drama schools in the USA and has been translated into several languages such as German, French, Spanish, Italian, Danish, Russian, Danish, Turkish, Hebrew, Japanese etc. In the Netherlands and Belgium, it can be purchased online via

Chubbuck Ongoing Training

Weekly Ongoing Scene Study classes in Amsterdam.

Private coaching

Prepare for an audition or part.

Intensive Workshops

2-day workshops, also for actors who want to get introduced to the Chubbuck Technique.

Masterclass Ivana Chubbuck

Ivana teaches masterclasses for professional actors in Europe.

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