The Workshop For Actors

The Workshop For Actors

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About this pro

In addition to being a performer, I am an educator and I love helping others along on their personal journeys, whether that is learning how to overcome their fears of public speaking, accessing a new sense of creativity and vulnerability, or exploring the possibility of a life in the arts. 

I take a holisitc and personal approach to finding out what your goals are, and working to find a process that works best for you as an individual. 

I think what appeals to me most is that, at its heart, all acting and public speaking is story-telling. We use stories and comunity to encourage connection, build empathy, and look at the world through the eyes of other people, even if it's just for a little while.

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Chicago, IL 60640
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2 Reviews


  • Joseph Schupbach

    Deanna is caring, talented, intelligent, and innovative. She is a delight to collaborate with and learn from!

  • Kirk Osgood

    DeAnna is one of the best! Her understanding of the material, and you as an individual is what really stands out. I never once felt like my time was being wasted. She is strong in her choices and really works to bring the best out of you! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We'll always begin by meeting and getting to know one another first. It's important that we click, and that you feel confident you'll be working toward your goals. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

As an actor, I hold a BA in Theatre Performance, and have worked in most of Chicago's Regional houses including Steppenwolf, The Goodman, and Writers Theatre in addition to working steadily in storefront and midsize houses including Timeline, About Face, The House, The Hypocrites, and Lifeline since 2010.  

I have experience in new works, devising and physical theatre, as well, and have coached people of all experience levels on a variety of materials including auditioning, scene study, story-telling, ensemble building and text analysis. 

I've worked steadily in tv, film and commercial, as well, and am able to help you learn the differences between the two mediums.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I typically charge $50 per hour of private coaching. $80 for 90 minutes to two hours.

How did you get started teaching?

Sharing a love of what I do with others has always been an integral part of my enjoyment of it. I have been creating curriculum, leading workshops and classes, and guest teaching all over the city for the past decade.

I am currently an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University, and have guest taught at Loyola, University of Chicago, DePaul and Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with students of all ages, who are interested in story-telling/writing and acting as a hobby to people who are pursuing it as a profession. I'm equally apt at career coaching as I am at helping you prepare a monologue.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Work with someone you feel comfortable with! Having a good rapport with your coach is super important. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are you hoping to accomplish? Simply getting comfortable speaking to a crowd? Learning a monologue? Pursuing a career as an actor? 

What type of work are you hoping to pursue?

Are there any artists who inspire you? 

All of these things are helpful to know, so that I can know how to best work with you and your individual needs.

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