Lanise Antoine Shelley (She/her/hers) most recently directed Rastas and Hattie with 16th St. Theatre. 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); assisted David Schwimmer in the world premiere of Plantation.  Other acting credits include Katherine in Bob Falls' production of An Enemy of the People at Goodman Theatre, the titular role in King Liz and work with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, 16th St. Theater, Victory Gardens, American Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theater, Book-It Repertory Theater, Kansas City Rep, Seattle Repertory Theater, Outside the Wire, 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: Empire (FOX), Chicago Fire (NBC), Chicago Med (NBC), Discovery World, Stop.Reset. The Inner Room, 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

At the moment of commitment the universe conspires to assist you. - The Alchemist

Onstage now!

I play Eloise in Goodman Theatre's School Girl; African Mean Girls and Witch Three in Stratford Shakespeare Festivals Macbeth HD now streaming.

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On the horizon!

We're all waiting for opportunities to come to fruition during this harrowing time. The following are the things I'm up to: I am directing a play with One State 24 Hour Virtual Theatre Festival live September 30th. I will be in a short horror film, and directing two shows for Artemisia Theatre 2021. Details to come! 


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