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du Prey, Deirdre
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- Hurst, Deirdre
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Dates of existence
Jul. 1906-23 Feb. 2007
Deirdre Hurst was born in British Columbia in July 1906. She attended the Cornish School, Seattle, in 1932 and attended the School of Dance-Mime at Dartington Hall. Hurst studied under Michael Chekov at Dartington and continued to do so after the move of the Chekov school to Ridgefield, Conneticut in 1938. Deirdre Hurst became the unofficial archivist of the Chekhov Theatre Studio, preserving a significant collection of his lessons and other Chekhoviana. Hurst's shorthand notes of Chekhov's acting lessons dating from 1935 to 1942 were later turned into an 11 volume set entitled "'The Actor is the Theatre'.
Deirdre Hurst married Edgard du Prey and settled in Westbury, New York. In the 1950s, Deirdre began teaching children's theatre at the Garden City Waldorf School. Later she taught drama at the Adelphi University Childrens Centre for the Creative Arts. In September of 1980 the Michael Chekhov Studio was incorporated in New York City. The first lessons were held in November with 40 students enrolled in 4 classes. Deirdre Hurst du Prey was one of the first two teachers at the Studio. The Studio went through a number of changes before closing in or around 1992. Deirdre went on to teach at international conferences, worked on collecting archival material, and edited two books of Chekhov's lessons: 'Lessons for the Professional Actor' (1985); and 'Michael Chekhov: Lessons for Teachers of his Acting Technique' (2000). Deirdre Hurst du Prey died February 23, 2007 at the age of 100.