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.
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.
- Caity-Shea began consulting on a full-length theatrical adaptation of a published book, project to be announced in 2018.