Lanise Antoine Shelley (she/her/hers) is a Haitian actress, director, and painter. Selected directing credits include: Black and Blue, Muthaland (movement consultant at 16th Street Theater) Identity Lab (Lookingglass Theatre), The Tenant (Akvavit Theatre), RefuSHE Project (Voices & Faces Project), Rumors (DePaul University). She assisted: the world premiere of Plantation (Lookingglass Theatre, dir. David Schwimmer), Nell Gwynn (Chicago Shakespeare), The First Deep Breath (Victory Gardens Theatre) and The Snow Queen (choreographer American Repertory Theater), as well as staged readings at Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
She holds a BFA in Directing, Acting, and Playwriting from Cornish College of the Arts, an MFA from ART/MXAT at Harvard University, certificate in Classical Theatre from BADA in Oxford, England, and Birmingham Conservatory. She was Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s Chicago Fellow 2016 and Victory Gardens Theatre’s Directing Fellow 2019. Presently Lanise is the creator of Interracial Adoptee Panel Series sponsored by United States Foundation for the Children of Haiti. www.laniseantoineshelley.com