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Lanise Antoine Shelley


I am a multi-passionate Haitian actress, director, podcast host and visual artist. You may know me from Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Empire, Discovery World, and Stratford Shakespeare Festival's Macbeth HD. 


 I've had the immense pleasure of studying abroad six times while achieving a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts, MFA from ART/MXAT at Harvard University, certificate in classical theatre from the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England.

Additionally, I was nominated for the Princess Grace Award, nominated for a Jeff award, nominated Best Leading Actress by the BTAA, and was Stratford Shakespeare Festival's Chicago Fellow 2016. As a director, I served as Victory Gardens Theater's Directors Inclusion Initiative Fellow 2019. 

When I dare to be powerful to use my strength in the service of my vision, it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

Audre Lorde


When They Were Young: Amplifying Voices of Adoptees

"Our upbringing informs, it is not an indictment."

-Lanise Antoine Shelley

It all started with creating the Interracial Adoptee Panel hosted by US Foundation for the Children of Haiti (USFCH), the organization that supports the orphanage I came from. I facilitated  conversations about race, identity and family with Interracial Adoptees from all over the world.

Now we're a podcast! I anchor each interview in adoption-centric material, so we're not just relaying out stories, we're sharing tools for healing and deeper understanding. Our dialogue is based in supporting self-care practices, promoting mental health resources and celebrating the many aspects that make us whole. 



Splash Magazine

"Lanise Antoine Shelley is not just a physical knockout; her ferocity and savvy are extremely compelling."

KC Studio

"Shelley, as Ruth, balances the character’s world-weariness with an often acerbic point of view, generating some of the biggest deserved laughs in the show."


"Lanise Antoine Shelley, who plays Portia, is strong yet feminine, robust even on her knees and passionately beautiful..."


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All of my art making leads me back home to The Haiti Home for Children. I am a proud adoptee from The Haiti Home for Children, where I am now a donor and advocate for the many beautiful children growing up in Port Au Prince, Haiti. Their education and wellness is ensured by the tireless efforts of the US Foundation for the Children of Haiti (USFCH).

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