MICHA 2018 RESIDENCIES – Scholar and Director Research Labs


The Two Will Conduct Research Labs at Annual International Workshop in June

NEW YORK, NY (February 2018) – The Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA), the not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the artistic vision and technique of Michael Chekhov, today named Kristi Dana and Megan Schy Gleeson as the recipients of the 2018 MICHA Scholar and Director Awards, respectively. These awards aim to support artists who are integrating Chekhov’s technique in new and exciting ways. This will enable Kristi and Megan to enjoy a week-long residency during MICHA’s annual International Michael Chekhov Workshop taking place on June 24-29, 2018 at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.

“Our goal at MICHA is to cultivate and educate the next generation of practitioners as a way to continue the legacy and work of Michael Chekhov,” says Joanna Merlin, Founder and President of the organization. “We’re so pleased to be able to provide these awards to Kristi and Megan and we look forward to experiencing their labs at the International Workshop.”

The Scholar’s Lab, featuring Kristi Dana, will take place during the second week of the gathering and explore the Michael Chekhov Technique and the Miller Voice Method. The focus of the research and instruction will be on the integration of the Michael Chekhov Technique and the Miller Voice Method (MVM) in actor training as a means to assist the performer in greater access to psychophysical impulses while simultaneously releasing maximum information and authenticity through their sound.

The Director’s Lab, led by Megan Schy Gleeson, in partnership with filmmaker/screenwriter Justin Bull, will focus on the concept of memory as an interdisciplinary dialogue between past and present. Using the Michael Chekhov Technique, and other physical theatre techniques, actors will create work that merges live performance with film. This lab is a part of a larger ongoing project that is focused on memory, and will be concentrated on research and development of new work.


DATES: June 24-June 29, 2018

FEE: $750 includes housing and meals

For more information go to http://www.michaelchekhov.org/workshops/international-workshop-and-festival/


KRISTI DANA is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Voice and Speech in the Theatre Department at Penn State University (AY 2017–2018). For the 2016–2017 academic year, Kristi served as the Interim Head of MFA Acting at Brooklyn College and taught graduate Voice and Speech. Prior to her appointment at Brooklyn College, Kristi taught at Long Island University (LIU Post), The College of Staten Island and The American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Kristi holds a certification in Knight-Thompson Speechwork, a Certificate of Completion from the Michael Chekhov Association and is a Miller Voice Method teacher. Kristi has published in the Voice and Speech Review and presented her work at multiple Voice and Speech Trainers Association Conferences and the 2016 Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference. Kristi holds an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College, an MA in Theatre Education from Emerson College, and BA in Theatre Arts from Penn State University.

MEGAN SCHY GLEESON is a director and theatre educator with a particular fondness for the Michael Chekhov Technique!  Professionally, Megan has directed for Alley Cat Theater (Plank; Highland Center), Boston Playwrights’ Theatre (Absence featuring Joanna Merlin and Anne Gottlieb – IRNE Award/Elliot Norton nomination; Chosen Child – IRNE nominations), Central Square Theater’s That’s What She Said Series, Tide Taken Studios, New Repertory’s Festival of New Voices, Boston’s OMP Festival, the Boston Theatre Marathon, as well as Lesley University’s Artist Residency Program, among others. Megan directed and taught for the Boston Children’s Theatre, taught for Apollinaire Theatre, and has created several multi-media intergenerational performance pieces for communities throughout Massachusetts. For the past fourteen years, Megan has worked for Concord Academy’s Performing Arts Department, where she has over 30 production credits as director or advisor to student-directed projects. She earned her MFA at New York University.