CAITY-SHEA VIOLETTE WRITER/ACTOR
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. Caity-Shea is the founder of My Type Monologues, a customized monologue service created to empower actors by highlighting what makes them unique to transform their audition experience.
Recent Projects: Caity-Shea's newest full length play REAP THE GROVE was a national finalist for the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival One Act Play Competition. 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.