Tovah Feldshuh was raised in Scarsdale, New York, in Westchester County, and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. In her high school years she was a student at the National Music Camp (later named the Interlochen Arts Camp) as a star in their drama division. She studied acting at HB Studio in New York City. She started her career under British director Michael Langham at the Guthrie Theater where she was awarded the McKnight Fellowship in Acting.
Feldshuh first appeared on the stage under the name “Terri Fairchild” before deciding to incorporate her Hebrew name and her original surname as her professional name, Tovah Feldshuh. She made her Broadway debut in the short-lived 1973 musical Cyrano starring Christopher Plummer. Her Broadway career expanded dozens of productions and hundreds of performances.
1973 also marked Feldshuh’s first television appearance as Agnes Thornton in the horror TV movie, Scream, Pretty Peggy. She has since appeared in dozens of films and television series including such critically acclaimed titles as Law & Order, The Walking Dead” and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Her voice can also be heard on various animated series including Star Wars Resistance and Elena of Avalor.