Michele Shay is a Tony nominated award-winning actress, director, producer, healer and certified Coach.  As an actress she has been called “vibrant”, “bubbly” and “mesmerizing”.  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 founded by J. Michael Miller in New York City .

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 at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts .

Michele began Coaching over ten years ago at the recommendation of Bill Cosby.  Since then she has passionately applied the creative principles of performance employed by great actors such as Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep, Olympia Dukakis, and others 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, Mind-Body Medical Institute,  Essex County College, Melissa Rivers, the singing group TLC, gospel singer Delores Burgess, writer-comedian Elisa Perry and Tony-nominee stage and film actress Sanaa Lathan.

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 in all of her work.  She has presented ESA Exceptional Actor and Audition Workshops and Classes in collaboration with Laura in New York, Denver and Los Angeles. These workshops are available by request (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, Mask work with Pierre LeFevre, Dreamwork for role development with Sandra Seacat and Gabrielle and Alvaro Lope-Waterman, Acting with William Esper, Harold Guskin, Stephen Book; audition technique with Margie Haber, and voice with Kristin Linklater and Fran Bennett.  She learned script analysis from screenwriting guru Syd Field in Los Angeles, and spent over eight years contributing to the development of new plays as part of the famous Eugene O’Neill Playwright’s Conference in Waterford, Connecticut. She holds a BFA in Acting from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh and an honorary MFA from ACT San Francisco.

Michele is also a 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 info@micheleshay.com.