The Story Behind Shaun DePriest’s Success as an Actor

Shaun DePriest Born on April 10th in Richmond, Virginia. He began acting at the tender age of 5, and continued through out his high school career. DePriest attended Varina High School in Richmond Virginia, during which time he had participated in numerous clubs and organizations receiving a coveted humanitarian award for giving and services to his community.

At all times, However, his thirst and hunger for the stage continually defined his personality. He became a member of the international thespian society in his junior year, and during a mid-semester became an active member of the Richmond Community Theater Guild, the oldest black theater company in the Richmond area.

During his senior year in high school, DePriest landed his first television appearance as an extra in the UPN Television pilot of "Legacy". During this year he also worked as an extra in the suspense thriller "Asunder" staring Blair Underwood, Debbie Morgan, and Michael Beach. Having been a long time admirer, he was honored to meet Mr Underwood at this time.

Shortly after graduation, DePriest made his first professional theatrical appearance in the Barksdale Theater production of "Inherit the Wind" under the direction of Randy Strawerman and the late Ernie McClintock.

DePriest was a one-time student at Louisburg College in Louisburg, North Carolina. Here he was awarded Best supporting Actor Award for his role as the ghost of Christmas past in Charles Dicken “A Christmas Carol.” He also shined in his role as Andy Lee in the musical “Forty-Second Street”, under the direction of Charlie John Smith. DePriest have appeared in films such as Sally Hemmings:  An American Scandal and Nat Turner: A troublesome property to name a few.


DePriest has performed in Tampa Bay Florida, Louisburg North Carolina, Central Virginia, District of Columbia and performed in workshops in New York City and Europe. What’s next to be seen, but is certain that his career will only continue to climb, and the best is yet to come.


Notable Accomplishments

In college, he won a Best Supporting Actor award for his role as The Ghost of Christmas Past in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol." He also excelled  in his role as Andy Lee in the musical "42nd Street," under the direction of Charlie John Smith.