Lanise Antoine Shelley (She/her/hers) recently directed a virtual reading of her new play Pretended, as the inaugural play in Paramount Theatre's Inception Project. In the age of the pandemic, she has directed virtual plays Manakin Blue, Luck of the Irish, an audio adaptation of Rastas and Hattie with 16th St. Theatre, and associate produced indie horror film Twenty Twenty. She looks forward to directing Rites of Spring with Rising Sun Performance Company in NYC this March 2021. Further directing credits include assisting David Schwimmer in the world premiere of Plantation at Lookingglass Theatre, Silent Theatre Company, Rising Sun Theatre Company, Voices and Faces, Akvavit Theatre, and DePaul University.
As an actor, she was last seen at Goodman playing in School Girls; African Mean Girls, and Danai Gurira's Familiar at Steppenwolf Theatre (Jeff nominated for best ensemble), and tv shows Empire, Chicago Fire, and Chicago Med; Other acting credits include Katherine in Bob Falls' production of An Enemy of the People at Goodman Theatre and work with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theater, Book-It Repertory Theater, Kansas City Rep, Seattle Repertory Theater, Outside the Wire, Backroom Shakespeare and Shakespeare Santa Cruz.
Favorite productions during her five years as resident company member at Milwaukee Repertory Theater include Eurydice, The Glass Menagerie, Gem of the Ocean, King Lear, Sueno, …Young Lady from Rwanda, and The Crucible.
International Theatre: Macbeth, Aenied, and All My Sons at (Stratford Shakespeare Festival) and Nutcracker Turbo (Moscow Art Theatre).
TV/Film: Twenty Twenty (Indie Film), Empire (FOX), Chicago Fire (NBC), Chicago Med (NBC), Discovery World, Stop.Reset., The Inner Room (Short Film) , Stratford HD
Training: MFA from ART/MXAT at Harvard University; BFA from Cornish College of the Arts; certificate in classical theatre from BADA in Oxford, England; certificate in classical theatre from Birmingham Conservatory in Canada.
Jeff Nominated best ensemble for Familiar
BTAA Nomination for Best Leading Actress
Chicago Fellow for Stratford Shakespeare Festival 2016
Directing Fellow for Victory Gardens Theater 2019
AEA & SAG/AFTRA member
"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."