Michael Chekhov Association Awards Inaugural Zelda Fichandler Scholarship To Actress/Educator Michele Shay

The Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA), the not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the artistic vision and technique of Michael Chekhov, today announced that Tony-nominated actress and educator Michele Shay will receive the first-ever Zelda Fichandler Scholarship. Established in Fall 2017 to benefit the next generation of Chekhov teachers and practitioners, the Scholarship provides full tuition for two weeks to MICHA’s International Michael Chekhov Workshop, which takes place every summer at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.

Michele Shay

“MICHA is grateful to the late Zelda Fichandler for endowing MICHA with a scholarship fund to support actor training,” says Chekhov’s former student Joanna Merlin, founder and president of the organization. “We are thrilled to present the inaugural award to Michele Shay, whose commitment to the work and legacy of Michael Chekhov embodies the qualities Zelda hoped to reward with her generous gift. Michele’s career in teaching, acting, and directing will contribute to the enrichment and deepening of our work in the Michael Chekhovtechnique.”

Perhaps best known for her Tony Award-nominated performance as Louise in August Wilson’s Seven Guitars, Shay has worked off-Broadway, in regional theater, and on television. In addition, she has taught at the American Conservatory Theater, the Actors Theater of Louisville, Cal Arts, and, currently, at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Columbia University. Shay was honored with a Fox Foundation grant to study the connection between acting and the healing arts. She is a contributor to the development of new plays for the Eugene O’Neill┬áTheater Center Playwright’s Conference. This past fall, she directed John HenryRedwood’s The Old Settler at the Billie Holiday Theater.