English/Iranian actress | New York City
Deana's short film TRANSPLANT was an official selection for the Independent Short Awards, and received two honorable mentions in the categories of Best Women's Short, and Best First Time Female Director.
Deana narrated Crystal Lyn's second book, Victoria's Highway: Taking the Long Way Home, on Audible.
Deana starred in the role of Annie in Space Fish Productions' premiere film BLITZ, and was also cast in their upcoming webseries Piss Party.
Deana was hired to perform in original play Little Hidden Worlds, to premiere at the 2021 POV Festival held at SUNY Purchase.
Deana dove into production of her self written short film, TRANSPLANT, in which she starred, and produce. TRANSPLANT is a short film interrogating what it means to belong as a person who cannot define themselves by one single culture or way of life. Featuring a team of almost entirely international people, Transplant gives a voice to an experience that is not often discussed in a narrative format, and works to assign a physical description to the goods and bads of being constantly uprooted. The film will feature footage from across the world, something that is wonderfully accessible to me as someone with connections from around the world, including NYC, England, Panama, and Qatar.
Deana's short sketch was featured in Bad Behavior Lab's debut event in their "Go To Your Room!" series, and also performed in original play Peanut Butter, by Julia Di Lorenzo and directed by Leah Reddy, debuting on the same platform.
Deana, along with a group of her friends and peers from the Lee Strasberg Institute, started Bad Behavior Lab; an artist lab creating works by multi-hyphenate artists.
Deana was hired by Penguin Random House to perform a section of Helen Oyeyemi's novel, Peaces.
Deana was hired by Audible, and author Crystal Lyn, to be the voice of her upcoming audiobook Victoria's Highway. She was also asked to produce the sequel, Victoria's Highway: Taking the Long Way Home.
Deana was asked to contribute her knowledge of casting to the Stonestreet Studios blog.
Deana was hired by Space Fish Productions LLC to star in their upcoming short film, BLITZ, as well as to cast the remaining roles.
Deana, along with a group of her fellow NYU Tisch peers, begin work on original play Inferno, by Dante.
Deana is featured asking a question to Oscar winning actor, Matthew McConaughey, on Red Table Talks.
Deana was featured on 2020 in your 20's: Making Lemonade, new live show about coming in to your own when the world is on fire!!
Youtube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOjyu4e6J2w
Facebook Page Link: https://www.facebook.com/2020inyour20slive/
Deana is employed by Radish Films LLC to cast their short film Cook or Die.
Deana is announced to be a finalist of the Warner Brothers TV "Actors in Training" open call, where "a select group of applicants will be invited to submit auditions and meet with [the] TV casting executives".
"Congratulations! You are a FINALIST for Warner Bros Television’s Actors in Training program.
We sincerely appreciate your patience as we’ve reviewed many thousands of auditions from all across the world.
You are now part of a select group of actors who have made it to the final round.
We have loved watching your auditions and are so inspired by your talent, passion and perseverance.
We will be in touch soon with next steps.
The WBTV Casting Department"
Deana is signed by Zach Copeland at British American Talent, a management firm based in New York, Los Angeles, and London.
"We represent a roster of both established and up-and-coming British talent, as well as select international and American actors. British American also represents top industry writers, producers, and directors. We are a highly selective firm and are constantly looking to recruit the top British talent. We are dedicated to giving specialized attention and care to each individual we represent."
Deana appeared in a social media and online advertisement for company Your Film Poster.
Deana accepted an internship position with Laura Stanczyk casting, appeared in a remotely directed film with Stonestreet Studios, and graduated from New York University, Tisch, with a BFA in Drama.
Deana's OPT visa application was approved, making her eligible to work professionally on June 1st!
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Deana is writing and shooting sketches and long-form work, in hopes to spend her time in quarantine creating new and exciting work.
Deana co-wrote and co-starred in short film Guy B Good at Stonestreet Studios, directed by Alex Berg.
Deana was hired as a casting intern at Billy Hopkins Casting. She worked on the casting of CBS pilot “Ways and Means”, starring Patrick Dempsey, in addition to the spinoff of POWER for Starz, tiled POWER BOOK II: GHOST. Deana worked with casting directors Billy Hopkins, Michael D'Amato, and Ashley Ingram.
Deana wrote, directed, shot, and edited her first short film, titled Mom's Club, which she also acted in!
Deana appeared in the role of The Tooth Fairy in a production of God's Ear at Playwrights Horizons Theatre School.
Deana was hired by Tony-nominated director Moritz von Stupenagel to act in a staged reading of Emily Chadick Weiss's new play 2051, with Tony-nominated actor Steven Boyer
Deana attended Fresh Ground Pepper theatre company's annual artistic retreat as an artistic apprentice, culminating in the development and performance of a new short play in which she wrote and performed alongside four fellow apprentices.
Deana was hired as an audition monitor for MultiStages for the casting of Desi Moreno's new play Ominous Men.
Deana was hired by casting director Ann Goulder as a casting assistant for the casting of Peter Callahan's indie film Out and About.
Deana was cast in the role of Jackie Bowers in Trish Harnetiaux's new play We Are Not Well.
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