Melis May was born and raised in the coastal city of Izmir, Turkey. She is a graduate of Dokuz Eylul University and earned her BFA in Performing Arts as a dramaturg-playwright. Her graduation thesis was on the examination of the play-within-a-play technique in Max Frisch’s Biography play. This study, which proved proficiency in art, was taught as a sample thesis in sister universities.

May has been an assistant director in the opera, a private theater owner, a performing arts organizer and an owner of an advertising agency in Turkey. She emigrated to the US in 2016 and has become a citizen. Melis May has been researching and working on theater and puppetry for the last 25 years and is currently writing her first series of puppetry plays for children.

She continues her life as a happily married wife and mother with a child.

Community Briefs: Immigrant wins Sun East Federal Credit Union’s “People Helping People” essay contest

CHESTER — Melis May Sagay, an English as a Second Language (ESL) student at Delaware County Literacy Council, used her newly acquired ESL skills to write the award-winning entry in the recent “People Helping People” essay contest, sponsored by Sun East Federal Credit Union.

The “People Helping People” contest asks students to write about volunteering and its impact on their life.
Sun East Federal Credit Union provides a generous $200 prize to the writer of the winning essay.

“I became an immigrant at the age of 40,” explains Melis May Sagay in her winning “People Helping
People” essay. She adds, “Many people like me are not ready to become immigrants. That’s why I decided
to help them.”

Melis May Sagay created an informal network of friends and social media contacts to offer advice and household
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