Mel Shrawder is a member of the faculty at the Michael Chekhov Acting Studio in New York where he also teaches in the Art of The Actor Series. He participated as an actor in MICHA’s Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique DVD Series. A certified Reiki Master, he places great emphasis upon energy work within the confines of Chekhov’s guiding principles. He has performed with the New York Shakespeare Festival, Arena Stage and many other regional theatres across the country, as well as appearing in film and television. Mr. Shrawder received his training at the North Carolina School of the Arts and subsequently went on to head the performance program at the University of Miami where he was awarded a faculty grant to study at the National Theatre of Great Britain. His early teaching centered on the approaches of Meisner, Strasberg, Hagen and improvisational training, until encountering the Michael Chekhov work.