​Bringing professional theatre to Ridgefield, Connecticut and celebrating the legacy of Michael Chekhov

Michael Chekhov Theatre Festival



Sound Effects artist Fred Newman went from the storytelling of small town Georgia to blacksmithing in Finland and on to Harvard Business School and Newsweek Magazine – he veered left to become the author of the book MouthSounds, puppeteer for Jim Henson, and TV host of shows such as The New Mickey Mouse Club – creating voices and music for Nickelodeon’s cartoon series DOUG, a full orchestral symphony celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge, and the sound of Old Faithful, itself, for Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Visitors Center – all with his mouth.  He's been a regular on National Pubic Radio's live Saturday night show A Prairie Home Companion and the new Live from Here show for nearly two decades.  Now living in New York City and Redding, CT, he performs his own stories around the country.