Marjo-Riikka Makela

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Marjo-Riikka Makela
Born Marjo-Riikka Mäkelä
7 May 1977
Lappeenranta, Finland
Occupation Actress, director, acting coach
Years active 1993–present[1]

Marjo-Riikka Makela is a Finnish stage and independent film actress, director, acting coach, and the founder of Los Angeles-based acting studio Chekhov Studio International.[2] Much of Makela's mention in Finnish media is associated with Michael Chekhov acting technique.[3]


In Europe, Makela hosted Finnish television series Kulttuuri Putiikki from 1994-1996. After leaving Kulttuuri Putiikki, she worked primarily on stage, acting in mostly classic plays, such as Molière's Le Misanthrope, and some modern plays, such as Pippi Longstocking. She trained at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts (GITIS)[4] and emigrated to the United States and resumed her stage career as Candy in the stage adaptation of The Cider House Rules[5] and as the title character in Euripides' "Medea".[6]

Chekhov technique[edit]

During her training in Russia, Makela began working with Michael Chekhov acting technique, which emphasizes use of the imagination to create experiences relevant to the role over use of personal experiences and memory. Using it often in her own work, she has also become a coach of the technique, particularly in Los Angeles, Helsinki, and São Paulo.


  1. ^ "Kuka? Marjo-Riikka Mäkela". Helsingin Sanomat. 29 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Loyola Marymount University profile for Marjo-Riikka Makela, retrieved 5 April 2010.[dead link]
  3. ^ Häyren-Beschloss, Kirsi-Marja (29 November 2010). "Näyttelijä kätilöi muita menestykseen". Helsingin Sanomat. 
  4. ^ Chekhov Studio Artistic Team retrieved 21 October 2010
  5. ^ Shirley, Don (5 November 2004). "Small house's smooth 'Cider'". L.A. Times. 
  6. ^ Foley, F. Kathleen (25 February 2005). "Different ways to deal with tragedy". L.A. Times. Archived from the original on June 6, 2009. 

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