After graduating with honors from the Special Scholars Program in History from the University of Virginia, Shae D'lyn worked as a research associate for the Aspen Institute, Eyes on the Prize ll, and Morrow & Co. on Wall Street. She then became an investment banker for Boston Capital Partners where she was Vice President in charge of acquisitions for the western third of the U.S.
Shae decided to leave banking to follow her passion and attended a post-graduate two-year theater program in New York earning a professional degree in Theater Arts from Circle in the Square. There she studied with the great Teresa Hayden, Alan Langdon, Joanna Gleason, Lucille Rubin, et al. While still in school, Al Pacino cast her as the understudy for “Salome” on Broadway.
She has had an extraordinary life in acting and has been thrilled with her opportunities to play challenging roles opposite outstanding actors: most recently as Carlotta in Woody Allen’s Café Society, as Carolyn Rothstein in "Boardwalk Empire" opposite Kelly McDonald, in "The Pretty One" opposite Zoe Kazan and John Carroll Lynch, in "The Motel Life" opposite Emile Hirsch, in "Secrets" opposite Julie Harris and Thomas Gibson, in Arthur Miller’s "American Clock" opposite Mary McDonnell and Loren Dean, and in "Vegas Vacation" opposite Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid. Her dramatic and comic roles on television include "Ellen," "Law and Order," "Quantum Leap," "That Seventies Show," and four years starring as Jane on ABC’s “Dharma and Greg.”
Off Broadway Shae starred as Baby Doll in the New York theatrical premiere of Tennessee William’s "Tiger Tail" receiving a rave review by The New York Times. Her character interpretations have given her the opportunity to create many original roles such as Theresa in the US premiere of "The Crackwalker," and Maddy in the world premiere of "Maddy Far Away." Shae spent four years working almost exclusively in the classics receiving a Best Actress award for Adrianna in "The Comedy of Errors" at Boston’s Leland Center, and starring as Iphigenia, Electra, Desdemona, and many others.
Shae now writes, directs, and produces theater, film, and television. She founded a production company, Shot in the Dark Films, and the Independent Artists’ Cooperative in Los Angeles, New York, Vancouver, and Toronto with over 600 members. Her film “Morir Para Ser Libre” was featured in the Boston Film Festival; “Contragolpe” won the Coco de Oro festival; and her documentary “El Coro en Japon” was funded by and featured on public television in Puerto Rico. Descarga.com chose Shot in the Dark’s hour-long salsa DVD as the Editor’s Pick Best Video of 2007. Her feature length documentary “Los Vandalos” about the struggle between the power structure and graffiti artists fighting to have a personal voice, is being readied for it’s presentation to Netflix as a fundraising effort for Puerto Rican victims of Hurricane Maria. Shae’s short films include “Pillion,” “The Eccentricty Quotient,” “Meet an Organic Farmer,” “Little Tuesdays,” “A Nice Guy,” and “Chinas Por Botellas.”
Her film, “HEARME – The Imagine Project” won the Courage in Film Making Award at the Elevate Film Festival from its 5,000 attendees. The film connects orphans in Iraq, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Cambodia, Puerto Rico and Compton through music. Shae and her producer partner Kevin Jackson donated music studios to each orphanage and asked the children to create their own song based on John Lennon’s “Imagine”. Because the project inspired such a profound reaction, both from the children and the audience, they founded a nonprofit, HEARME, Inc. to carry the vision forward.
For the last two years Shae has been teaching an acting class at her own studio in New York, Humanity Studios, where she directs theatrical productions once each semester and many short films and scenes for video. She directed Patrick Breen’s gem of a play, “Midnight and Morning Rain” in Los Angeles which brought the crowd of 300 to its feet at the Malibu Independence Day Play Festival and plans to direct it in NYC this spring along with a reimagined “Golden Boy.”
Shae also has written two feature film scripts, one play with music, and one series