Michelle Chassé trained with the Boston Ballet School and the School of American Ballet. She graduated cum laude with a B.F.A. in dance performance from Boston Conservatory, where she was the first recipient of the prestigious Ruth Sandholm Ambrose Award and later received the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award.
Michelle has studied and performed with ballet, concert dance, and Broadway legends from around the world. She is Head of Musical Theater Dance at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and has directed and choreographed numerous productions for its esteemed musical theater program, including A Chorus Line, Catch Me If You Can, Candide, The Wild Party, and The Pajama Game, for which efforts she has received critical acclaim within Boston and New York ranks.
Michelle received a 2014 ArtsImpulse Best Musical nomination for her direction of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s On The Town and was awarded Best Choreography for the same production. Her work on Le Cabaret Grimm, featured in the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival, earned her an honorable mention at that festival’s awards ceremony, and in that same year her concert dance piece "Red Smoke Rises" was performed by Boston’s Urbanity Dance company at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.
Michelle created and continues to direct the acclaimed Boston Conservatory at Berklee’s Musical Theater Dance Intensive (MTDI) summer program, which is attended by dance students from around the world. Her continued choreography and stage direction for such internationally recognized ensembles as the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus have received accolades from audiences and critics alike.
Michelle Chassé directs The Tonys: Broadway's Best on February 22 and 23.