Caity-Shea Violette is a national award-winning playwright and actress currently pursuing her MFA in Playwriting at Boston University. Her work has been seen in Chicago, Washington D.C., NYC, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Toronto, Denver, and more. A Minnesota Native, she holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and is a graduate of the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. Caity-Shea is passionate about exploring trauma, invisible disabilities, and gender-based violence by creating new work. She is a member of Dramatists Guild of America.
In addition to her work as an artist, Caity-Shea is also an access advocate in the theatrical community. She was named part of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership's 2017 Fellows Class, a program for emerging leaders with disabilities who are committed to creating change. Since 2014, Caity-Shea has worked with The Voices and Faces Project, a nonprofit that empowers survivors of sexual violence and human trafficking to share their stories.
Awards and recognition include: Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival New Play Competition (National Finalist), The Kennedy Center's National Partners of the American Theatre Playwriting Excellence Award (Winner), Shakespeare's Sister Playwriting Fellowship (National Semi-Finalist), InspiraTO Playwriting Contest (Winner), Kennedy Center’s Irene Ryan Acting Competition (National Finalist), Kennedy Center's David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award (National Semi-Finalist), Kennedy Center's National Ten-Minute Play Competition (National Finalist, National Semi-Finalist), Kennedy Center's John Cauble for Outstanding Short Play (Regional Runner-Up).