The Workshop For Actors

The Workshop For Actors

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About this pro

I take a holistic approach to the industry that I'm a part of.

Being prepared for your auditions is important, but so is knowing how to manage your career, your relationships and your sanity so that you are a whole, happy human who is able to love what they do, and continue to do it sustainably.

I love everything about what I do.

Telling stories, collaboration, and being a part of a unique and close-knit community are part of the unique and wonderful experience of working in Chicago Theatre. 

The first few years I worked here were spent on a steep learning curve, and I have a passion for ushering in new members and voices to our industry who can learn and benefit from my successes and my mistakes.

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Chicago, IL 60640
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  • 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 will spend time getting to know one another, and I will ask you questions about your goals and aspirations.

It will feel very much like coffee with a new friend.

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 8 years. 

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.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I often guest teach one class per quarter for Krissy Vanderwarker's "The Art of Storytelling" at DePaul Univeristy. It brings in a group of students who are interested in learning the craft of writing and telling stories for an incredibly diverse number of reasons, and I love that it is a genre of performance that brings people from such varying backgrounds and perspectives together. 

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

Work with someone you feel comfortable with. If you don't click with your coach, you won't feel at ease, and if you don't feel at ease, you'll never be able to relax enough into the material you're working with. 

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

What type of work are you hoping to pursue? Are there any artists who inspire you? 

Would you like to pursue a career, or is this something that is helping you in other ways? 

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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