Caity-Shea Violette is a Chicago-based playwright and actress. Her national award-winning work has been seen in Washington D.C., NYC, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Toronto, Denver, and Chicago. 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 for women on the stage and page.
In addition to her work as an artist, Caity-Shea is also an access advocate in the theatrical community. She was recently named part of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership's 2017 Fellows Class and is the Manager of Marketing and Communications at Thresholds, a non-profit based in Chicago that provides healthcare, housing, and hope for thousands of people with mental illness to assist them in reclaiming their lives. When not writing or performing, she is a nationally-certified Power Vinyasa Yoga instructor and an advocate for animal rescue. She has two cats, Walter Cronkat and Henry David Purreau.
Awards and Recognition include: 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).