About Shani

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Shani Salyers Stiles became interested in acting as a pre-teen .
She later attended Indiana University for her secondary education, where she studied acting in the Department of Theatre and Drama.  Shani later become the grateful mom of two amazing sons and has spent the past several years in pursuit of her dreams as well as many boyhood adventures.

Headshot, Joy Smith Photography, Indianapolis IndianaRecently, Shani is busy acting in both film and commercial projects. Most notably, is her leading role as Ivory Joy Boem, a lost and desperate rural housewife and mother who defies the authorities to protect her family when her husband becomes a fugitive and primary suspect in the award winning Indie film "The Things We've Seen".

You can also see Shani in the supportig role of "Vanessa" in Kogonada's "Columbus", which had its world premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. The film, by director and screenwriter Kogonada, stars John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Michelle Forbes, and Parker Posey and tells the story of Korean-born, American-raised Jin who finds himself stuck in the little-known Midwestern town of Columbus, Indiana while visiting his estranged architect father now hospitalized and in a coma. The man meets Casey, an educated and talented young woman who dreams of leaving to become an architect, but has been unable to make the decision to leave because of her recovering addict mother and her mother's friends (Vanessa) who seem to deceive and cover for her mother. Burdened by their fears, together the two explore the renowned architecture of Columbus while also discovering in each other what they hope to become.

A little tidbit about Shani -
Her real name is Shani. Her mother named her after Shani Wallis, an English film actress and singer more widely known for her role as "Nancy" in the Oscar-winning musical "Oliver!",

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