Playwright, Actress, Nonprofit Development
Caity-Shea Violette is a playwright, actor and nonprofit development professional based in Chicago, IL. Her work has been seen in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Minneapolis, NYC, Toronto, Denver, and Chicago. She 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 an active advocate for accessibility in the arts. She was recently named part of ADA 25 Advancing Leadership's 2017 Fellows Class and serves as the Manager of Marketing and Communications at Thresholds, a nonprofit that brings healthcare, housing, and hope to more than 15,000 people experiencing mental illnesses in Illinois each year. She also serves as a board member for Red Theater in Chicago.
Caity-Shea's newest full-length play REAP THE GROVE will receive a staged reading at Artemisia Theatre in Chicago, directed by Leslie Danzig and featuring Pat Kane, Charlie Irving, Genevieve VenJohnson, and Mindy Shore.
REAP THE GROVE (Staged Reading)
October 3rd, 2017 at 7:30pm
Written by Caity-Shea Violette
Directed by Leslie Danzig
Tickets are FREE, reserve in advance.
In 2017, a selection of Caity-Shea's work was performed as part of The Voices and Faces Project's "Words = Change: A Literary Theatrical Performance" at The Edge Theater in Chicago. Her full-length play REAP THE GROVE was selected as a national finalist for the 2017 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival New Play Competition and her short play TAKE CARE was a finalist for publication in The Dionysian Magazine.
In 2016, Caity-Shea played the role of "Bug" in the world premiere of DREAMS OF THE PENNY GODS by Callie Kimball at Halcyon Theatre. In her previous role as Director of Access and Special Programs, Caity-Shea worked with several theaters with access programs in the Chicago area to create and implement an accessibility plan for Halcyon Theatre that began with their first ever touch tour and audio described performance. Caity-Shea's newest short play TAKE CARE had a staged reading at Victory Gardens and premiered with Commission Theatre Co. as part of @Will: A Short Play Festival at Greenhouse Theatre Center in Chicago.
In 2015, Caity-Shea had five productions of her new work including the world premiere of SAVE THE DATE that was a winner of the InspiraTO Playwriting Contest and won the People's Choice Award during the InspiraTO Festival, Canada’s largest ten-minute play festival, and later remounted for Toronto's Gay Play Day. In August, she was a participating writer at A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Retreat and Waves Discussion Series at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico, where she attended workshops, readings, and developed new work.