Caity-Shea Violette is a Chicago-based playwright and actress. Her national award-winning work has been seen in Washington D.C., New York City, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Toronto, Denver, and Chicago. 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.
Caity-Shea is also involved in accessibility advocacy and nonprofit development in the theatrical community and beyond. She is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Thresholds, a nonprofit that brings healthcare, housing, and hope to over 15,000 people experiencing mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois each year. She was named part of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership’s 2017 Fellows Class, a coalition of leaders with disabilities who are deeply engaged in the civic life of the Chicago region. She also serves as a board member for Red Theater in Chicago, an organization whose commitment to accessibility through every stage of the creative process lowers the barriers of access, allowing all audiences to see new and reimagined works that broaden perspectives and inspire dialogue. 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: 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).