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Actress Deanna Reed-Foster was born Deanna Kathleen Reed to Moses and Constance Reed on May 28, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois. Growing up on the south-side of Chicago with her older brother Curtis and her mother, she is a product of the Chicago Public School system. She attended Lindblom Technical H.S. where she first discovered her love of music. She sang with the chorus and competed in city and state choral and solo competitions.
After high school, she continued singing and recorded with Mark Hubbard and The United Voices for Christ. She never thought of herself as an actor in her early years, but in 1995 she performed in her first professional stage play. Although she continued to sing she was bitten by the acting bug and realized she was more fulfilled by acting. She continued to perform in various plays in the Chicago area; later she would travel across the country and abroad.
In 2004, she did her first production at the venerable Black Ensemble Theatre. Where she has continued to perform in various productions over the years.
In 2005, she did her first feature film, “Roll Bounce” directed by Malcom Lee (Girls Trip) and in 2008 she received an Emmy award for her narration of “Fresh From Julianne’s Garden: A Legacy In Bronze.”
In the years that followed she focused mainly on the stage while holding down a full-time job as a property manager.
Then in 2013 she decided to follow her passion. She left the security of Corporate America and took a leap of faith to become a full-time actress.
In that same year, she married Earl Foster. He has been her biggest supporter in her major career move.
To further refine her talent, she received formal Meisner training at Gately Poole Acting Conservatory.
In the years that followed, her career has gained momentum. She has appeared in several stage, TV and film projects. Most notably, she has a recurring role on “NBC’s Chicago Fire.” She appeared in the film “Southside With You” (Sundance 2016). In 2017, she was nominated for best supporting actress by the Joseph Jefferson awards for her role in the stage production of “Even Longer and Farther Away.”
Also in 2017, she worked with Oscar nominated director Steve McQueen and she is set to appear in Oscar nominated director Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying” alongside Laurence Fishburne as his wife.
Deanna’s faith in Christ is first and foremost in her life. She lives by the credo of “#LiveOnPurpose” and seeks to fulfill God’s will and purpose for her life.

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Shattered Globe Adds New Ensemble Members: AmBer Montgomery, Adam Schulmerich, and Leslie Ann Sheppard

Shattered Globe Theatre is welcoming AmBer Montgomery, Adam Schulmerich, and Leslie Ann Sheppard as new ensemble members.

Review: THE FIRST DEEP BREATH at Geffen Playhouse

Given the heightened emotions and nuclear climaxes of Colston’s play, there is something almost operatic in scope about THE FIRST DEEP BREATH.

Interview: Director Steve H. Broadnax III Shares His FIRST DEEP BREATH With A Raptured Geffen Audience

Playwright Lee Edward Colston II’s The First Deep Breath is receiving its west coast premiere at the Geffen Playhouse through March 5, 2023. Steve H. Broadnax III directs a most uniformly stellar cast of: Opa Adeyemo, playwright Lee Edward Colston II, Brandon Mendez Homer, Ella Joyce, Herb Newsome, Deanna Reed-Foster, Candace Thomas and Keith A. Wallace. Steve managed to find some off-time between rehearsals and shows to answer a few of my queries.

Photos: First Look at THE FIRST DEEP BREATH at Geffen Playhouse

Get a first look at production photos of The First Deep Breath, opening tonight at Geffen Playhouse. 

Cast Announced For THE FIRST DEEP BREATH At Geffen Playhouse

Geffen Playhouse has announced the full cast for its West Coast premiere of The First Deep Breath, written by Lee Edward Colston II (Roost, Fargo) and directed by Steve H. Broadnax III (Thoughts of a Colored Man, The Hot Wing King).

VIRAL Horror Film Adds Additional Screenings In St. Charles and Oak Park

Due to popular demand, Campana Pictures and Random Acts have announced two final advanced screenings of the horror feature VIRAL in addition to the previously announced dates in Chicago.

Sadieh Rifai, Steve Peebles, and Kieran Cronin Join VIRAL Horror Film

Campana Pictures and Random Acts have announced that Sadieh Rifai, Steve Peebles, and Kieran Cronin have joined the sprawling ensemble of the horror feature VIRAL. Sneak peek screenings across Chicagoland continue through Halloween.

Campana Pictures And Random Acts to Premiere Horror Film VIRAL

Campana Pictures and Random Acts will premiere VIRAL, a premiere horror film starring Shannon Leigh Webber (Scary Stories: Dark Web), Jessica Arden Napier (Stranger Things, Halloween Kills), and Jeff Award winner Deanna Reed Foster (Shining Girls, Widows).

Nominees Announced for 2022 Jeff Awards In Chicago; Drury Lane & Goodman Theatre Lead Nominations

Recognizing a strong return to the spotlight over the 2021-2022 Equity theater season, the Joseph Jefferson Awards in Chicago announced its nominations for theater excellence. This year’s nominees include 201 theater artists across 38 categories of excellence in theater production among shows from 43 companies.

Equity Jeff Awards Announce 2022 Nominations

The Joseph Jefferson Awards have announced this year's Equity nominations, including 201 theater artists across 38 categories.  The 54th anniversary Equity Jeff Awards will take place October 17, 2022, at Drury Lane in Oakbrook, IL. 

Photos: First Look At A RAISIN IN THE SUN At American Players Theatre

American Players Theatre is preparing to enter tech rehearsals for the summer’s second rep of performances to join the five shows currently playing. Lorraine Hansberry’s classic, A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Tasia A. Jones, will open Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 8:00 pm. See photos from the production.

Photos: First Look at Shattered Globe Theatre's RASHEEDA SPEAKING

Shattered Globe Theatre is presenting a revival of Chicago writer Joel Drake Johnson’s Rasheeda Speaking, directed by SGT Associate Artistic Director AmBer D. Montgomery. This comedy-turned-social thriller about workplace racism will play through June 4, 2022 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.

Shattered Globe Theatre Presents RASHEEDA SPEAKING At Theater Wit

Shattered Globe Theatre will present a revival of Chicago writer Joel Drake Johnson's Rasheeda Speaking, directed by SGT Associate Artistic Director AmBer D. Montgomery.

Shattered Globe Theatre Postpones RASHEEDA SPEAKING

Shattered Globe Theatre today announced it will postpone its winter production of Rasheeda Speaking due to the current surge of the Omicron variant. The revival, originally scheduled for February 25 – April 9, 2022, will now play from April 22 – June 4, 2022 at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont Ave. in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.

Photos: Compass Theatre's WELLESLEY GIRL Premieres At Theater Wit

Compass Theatre has announced its return to the stage with the production of Wellesley Girl, written by playwright Brendan Pelsue and directed by James Fleming, Friday, Jan. 7 - Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave. 

Shattered Globe Theatre Announces RASHEEDA SPEAKIN

Shattered Globe Theatre has announced a revival of Chicago writer Joel Drake Johnson’s Rasheeda Speaking, directed by SGT Associate Artistic Director AmBer D. Montgomery.

Compass Theatre Returns To The Stage With The Timely And Political WELLESLEY GIRL

Compass Theatre announces its live return to stage with the production of Wellesley Girl, written by playwright Brendan Pelsue and directed by James Fleming, Friday, Jan. 7 - Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, at Theater Wit, 1229 W Belmont Ave.

Application Deadline Extended For Shattered Globe's 'Global Playwrights Series'

Shattered Globe Theatre has extended the application deadline for its Global Playwright Series through Tuesday, August 31, 2021. GPS is a new play development program specifically aimed at BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse and disabled writers and those who fall within intersections of these identities. The program aims to connect SGT with new playwrights who want to collaborate, lead the development of their play and have it fully produced by Shattered Globe.

Shattered Globe Announces THE GLOBAL PLAYWRIGHT SERIES Now Accepting Submissions

Shattered Globe Theatre has announced The Global Playwright Series, a new play development program specifically aimed at BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, neurodiverse and disabled writers and those who fall within intersections of these identities.

Artists Announced for THE BLACK MONOLOGUES at the 5th Edition of BLACK BEAUTY FESTIVAL: JOY & MAGIC

Victory Gardens Theater, in partnership with The Black Women’s Expo and Black Owned Chicago, will present the 5th Edition of the Black Beauty Festival, April 10-11, 2021. Black Beauty Festival: Joy & Magic is a free two-day event that uplifts Black-owned businesses while creating conversations around beauty, health, and wellness.

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