Shanésia Davis

Adjunct Lecturer



Bachelor of Fine Art, DePaul University



Shanésia Davis, a proud member of Actors Equity and has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago since 2009. Ms. Davis received a BTAA and AAA Award for outstanding actress for her portrayal in the well received Congo Square production of Brothers of the Dust.  This multi-Jeff Award nominee and NAACP Image Award nominee claims a wide range of theatre, film and television roles.

Her film and television credits include Chicago Fire, Detroit 187, Morning Due which went on to the Cannes Film Festival and received the Short Corner Award, Damaged Goods, The Weatherman, Uncle Nino, The Last Word (Life Sentence), Chicago Cab (Hell Cab), With Honors, Early Edition (series regular, Marissa), Missing Persons, Gabriel’s Fire, and Making a Case for Murder: the Howard Beach Story.  Ms. Davis has had the honor of working with such industry veterans such as the late Bernie Sahlins, Ron Howard, Robert DeNiro, Gore Verbinski, Phylicia Rashad and Moises Kauffman to name a few.  She can be currently seen on the independent  film channel ASPIRE as well as on the national USPS campaign. 

Her extensive voice-overs include McDonald’s, Allstate, Charmin, Pampers, Sears to name a few. 

Other theatrical productions include Steppenwolf Theatre's productions of The Glass Menagerie, One Arm, and Our Lady of 121st St, Cymbeline (Chicago Shakespeare Theatre), Drowning Crow (BTAA nominated), Amy Jacques Garvey world premiere Black Star Line, Kaliman/ Lottie The Ties That Bind Watermelon Rinds (Jeff nominated/BTAA nominated), Spunk, The Visit and From the Mississippi Delta (Goodman Theatre), A Permanent Collection, Bee-Luther-Hatchee (Northlight Theatre), Comfortable Shoes (Royal George Theatre, BTAA nominated), Othello, Fuente Ovejuna (Court Theatre). Regional credits include Gees Bend (Cleveland Playhouse), The Syringa Tree and A Raisin in The Sun (KC Repertory), Intimate Apparel (World Premiere Southcoast Repertory, NAACP Image Award nominated and Centerstage Baltimore), Goodnight Desdemona Good Morning Juliet, and Hamlet (San Diego Repertoire). 

Courses Taught

Introduction to Acting