Shauneille Perry

Shauneille Perry

Shauneille Perry is an American stage director and playwright. She was one of the first African-American women to direct off-Broadway. Wikipedia

Shauneille Perry was born on July 26, 1929, in Chicago, Illinois, to a prominent African-American family. She is the daughter of Graham T. Perry (1894–1960), one of the first African-American assistant attorneys-general for the State of Illinois and his wife, the former (Laura) Pearl Gant (1903–1957), one of the first African-American court reporters in Chicago. She is the niece by marriage of real-estate broker and political activist Carl Augustus Hansberry (who married her father’s sister, Nannie Louise Perry) and his brother, Africanist scholar William Leo Hansberry. She is also the first cousin of playwright Lorraine Hansberry, Carl Hansberry’s daughter.

Perry attended Howard University, where she was a member of the Howard Players under the direction of Owen Dodson. In 1950, she received a B.A. in drama from Howard. Her studies followed at the Goodman Theatre Art Institute in Chicago, where she received an M.A. in directing. She also studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

NFT Credits

Credit Type Production Season
PlaywrightThings of the Heart 1980-81 Season
PlaywrightIn Dahomey 1998-99 Season
Director Love 1981-82 Season
Director Black Girl 1971-72 Season
Director Jamimma 1972-73 Season
Director Prodigal Sister 1974-75 Season
Director It’s Showdown Time 1976-77 Season
Director African Interlude 1977-78 Season
Director Trouble in Mind (A Black Retrospective 5) 1978-79 Season
Director Keyboard 1981-82 Season
Director Who Loves the Dancer 1981-82 Season
Director Williams and Walker 1985-86 Season
Director The Balm Yard 1990-91 Season
Director In Bed with the Blues: The Adventures of Fishy Waters 1993-94 Season
Director Looking Back 1993-94 Season
Director In Dahomey 1998-99 Season
Director Paul Robeson 2005-06 Season
Director The Taking of Miss Janie (2006) 2006-7 Season
Director Ladies in Waiting 1973-74 Season
Actor Gilbeau 1975-76 Season