Deanna Dunagan is a Tony Award winning actress who is best known for the role of Violet, the pill-popping matriarch of an Oklahoma family, in the original Steppenwolf production of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. For her stage work in Chicago she has been awarded three Joseph Jefferson Awards, three After Dark Awards, and an Artisan Award for roles as diverse as Claire in A DELICATE BALANCE, Abby in DESIRE UNDER THE ELMS, Aunt Julia in JAMES JOYCE’S THE DEAD, and Margaret in I NEVER SANG FOR MY FATHER.
This is Deanna’s third collaboration with Mickle. She ﬁrst spoke his words as the voice of the Picasso Statue in Daley Plaza when he wrote a monologue for the Chicago Statue Stories project. In February, 2020, she appeared in his play BURIED MOTHER in the Gift Theatre’s 10 Minute Play Festival.
For her role as Nana in the M. Night Shamalyn ﬁlm, THE VISIT, she was awarded a Fright Meter Award. Her most recent ﬁlms are still in post-production: SO COLD THE RIVER and STILLWATER in which she plays Matt Damon’s mother-in-law.
Her TV credits include recurring roles on “The Exorcist,” “Unforgettable,” “Prison Break,” and “Tell Me Your Secrets,” currently streaming on Amazon Prime.