Lanise Antoine Shelley (She/her/hers) recently directed a virtual reading of Luck of the Irish and an audio adaptation of Rastas and Hattie with 16th St. Theatre. Her play Pretended will be developed by Paramount Theatre this January 2021.


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); 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 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, Backroom Shakespeare and Shakespeare Santa Cruz.


Favorite productions during her five years as resident company member at Milwaukee Repertory Theater include EurydiceThe Glass MenagerieGem of the OceanKing LearSueno, …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

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

Onstage now!

I most recently played 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!

I am directing a play I wrote called Pretended at Paramount Theatre. 


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