Playwright, Actress, Nonprofit Development
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.
After being named the winner of Artemisia Theatre's 2017 Fall Festival, Caity-Shea's newest full-length play REAP THE GROVE will be part of an extended development process led by director Julie Proudfoot.
2017 Highlights, A Year in Review:
- TAKE CARE was a finalist for publication in The Dionysian Magazine.
- REAP THE GROVE was selected as a national finalist for the 2017 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival New Play Competition.
- 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.
- REAP THE GROVE was selected to be part of Artemisia Theatre's Fall Festival, where it received an staged reading in October.
- THE BATTLE FOR CLOCKWISE CASTLE, Caity-Shea's newly commissioned full-length TYA play, premiered with E.D.G.E Youth Theatre Company in December.
- In partnership with Women's Media Group and The Voices and Faces Project, Caity-Shea is co-adapting Anne K. Ream's book LIVED THROUGH THIS.