Actress,Director, Coach, Healer, Teacher at NYU and Columbia
Michele Shay is a Tony nominated award-winning actress, director, producer, healer and certified Coach. As an actress she has appeared on and off-Broadway, on television and film and in regional theaters around the country. She is currently a member of the Actors’ Center Theater Workshop Company in New York City and a steerring committe member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers. Ms Shay also has served on Theater Panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, New York and New Jersey State Arts Councils, the Princess Grace Foundation and the Board of directors for Theater Communications Group. She has taught acting at UNCSA in North Carolina, American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco, Actors Theater of Louisville, Cal Arts, David Kagen’s on-camera Film Acting Studio in Los Angeles and currently teaches at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Columbia University .
Michele began Coaching actors over ten years ago. Since then she has passionately applied the creative principles of performance employed by great actors s to education, business, consulting, production and presentation to help people, especially executives and artists , presence themselves more powerfully and effectively in the public. Clients include Bridges in Organizations,’s Leadership Alchemy Program at NASA, Mind-Body Medical Institute, Essex County College, Melissa Rivers, the singing group TLC, gospel singer and Breast Cancer survivor Delores Burgess, writer-comedian Elisa Perry ,Tony-nominee stage and film actress Sanaa Lathan and political candidate and visionary Reshma Sujani creator of Girls Who Code..
In 1999 Ms Shay was honored with a Fox Foundation grant to study the connection between Acting and the healing arts. At that time she was introduced to the Energy System of Acting(ESA) created by Theater Director and energy healer Laura Fine. ESA exercises and knowledge of the human energy system and its impact on communication and performance . Michele now teaches and incorporates those principles all of her work. (www.lionheartinstitutewest.com).
Michele is trained as a Coach by world renowned Master Coach Julio Olalla of the Newfield Network. She has also studied NLP with Fortune 500 Coach Linda Sommer, Dreamwork for intiuitive role development with Sandra Seacat and Gabrielle and Alvaro Lope-Waterman, Acting international Coach Giles Foreman of the Drama Center, London, with renowned acting teachers William Esper, Harold Guskin,and Stephen Book; and voice with Kristin Linklater and Fran Bennett. She has spent over eight years contributing to the development of new plays ,analyzing meaning and briinging texts to life as part of the famous Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference in Waterford, Connecticut.,Sundance Theater Lab and more. She holds a BFA in Acting from Carnegie-Mellon University Michele is also a certified Mind-Body Counselor and Transpersonal Energy Healer with Lionheart Institute West. She offers one-on-one and group coaching as well as workshops designed to broaden range of expression and crystalize signature expressive style . Booking inquiries and appointments can be made by calling Reflections Unlimited at 323 270-7357 or by contacting her through email@example.com.
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