Lanise Antoine Shelley (She/her/hers) Recent directing credits include a staged reading of A Tempest at Off-Broadway Red Bull Theater. In the age of the pandemic, she has directed her full length play Pretended (Paramount Theater)The Tragedy of King Christophe, adapted The Snow Queen (The Chopin). Other virtual plays: Manakin Blue,  Luck of the Irish, an audio adaptation of Rastas and Hattie with 16th St Theater, associate produced indie horror film Fresh Hell, and directed in the Rites of Spring Festival with Rising Sun Performance Company. Further directing credits include assisting David Schwimmer in the world premiere of Plantation at Lookingglass Theatre; along with projects with Silent Theatre Company, Voices and Faces, Akvavit Theatre, and DePaul University.


Lanise was last seen acting in Chicago Shakespeare's Measure for Measure and Goodman Theatre's School Girls; Or, African Mean Girls. Danai Gurira's Familiar at Steppenwolf Theatre (Jeff nominated for best ensemble); other acting credits include Robert Falls' production of An Enemy of the People at Goodman Theatre. Additional regional work with Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theater, Book-It Repertory Theater, Milwaukee Rep (Resident company member for five years), Kansas City Rep, Seattle Repertory Theater, Outside the Wire, Backroom Shakespeare and Shakespeare Santa Cruz.

International Theatre: Macbeth, Aenied, and All My Sons at (Stratford Shakespeare Festival) and Nutcracker Turbo (Moscow Art Theatre). 


TV/Film: Saturdays (Disney), Fresh Hell (Indie Film), Empire (FOX), Chicago Fire (NBC), Chicago Med (NBC), Discovery World, Stop.Reset., The Inner Room (Short Film) , Macbeth (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. Chicago Fellow for Stratford Shakespeare Festival 2016, Directing Fellow for Victory Gardens Theater 2019, Drama League Classical Theatre Fellow 2021.



Nominated Best Actress for For Fresh Hell, Haunted Garage Film Festival 2021

Jeff Nominated best ensemble for Familiar 

BTAA Nomination for Best Leading Actress 

AEA & SAG/AFTRA member



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