Anna Deblasio, Artistic Associate

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Anna DeBlasio (Hodel in Fiddler)

As a toddler, Anna spoke very early and walked very late. She loved to tell stories, and told them with her whole body. She was also an avid reader. She began dancing, singing, and acting in plays and musicals. During high school, she partook in summer theatre programs at Rutgers Mason Gross and University of the Arts. She simultaneously loved her academics, and took a summer social psychology course at Brown University. She graduated high school as her class valedictorian and National Honor Society president, and didn’t want to lose that side of herself in college. She attended Loyola University Maryland, a Jesuit liberal arts university, where she was a member of the honors program. She graduated with a BA in English and Theatre, summa cum laude, and a member of four honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu. While at university, she received a grant from Loyola’s Center for the Humanities to study with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA.

While at Loyola, Anna traveled to the TOFT archives at Lincoln Center to research three early-20th-century female actors and write her thesis, a solo performance piece called But I Go On, in which she played the three women. Other Loyola performance credits include: Sally Bowles (Cabaret); Kate McGowan (Titanic); Eva (Rimers of Eldritch); Ranevskaya (The Cherry Orchard); Gerri (Goldor $ Mythyka); bobrauschenbergamerica; Lady Bracknell (The Importance of Being Earnest); Sarah (Time Stands Still); Paulina (Death and the Maiden); Lysistrata.

In 2013, Anna received a grant to travel with Dramatic Adventure Theatre to Slovakia as an actor/teacher/writer. She also has worked with the community programs department at Baltimore Center Stage in their work with The Samaritan Women (a rehabilitation group for survivors of domestic human trafficking), and as a discussion facilitator during Anna Deavere Smith’s Notes From the Field. Anna is passionate about using the arts for social justice endeavors.

Regional credits include: Guenevere in Camelot (Broadway Theatre of Pitman); Hangar Theatre: Little Prince, Bunnicula, Talk to Me Like the Rain. Compass Rose credits include: Guenevere in Camelot, and The Girl in The Roar of the Greasepaint, Smell of the Crowd.

New works also excite Anna, and most recently she performed as Mama/Ensemble in the developmental lab of new musical, It Happened in Key West, at the Fulton Theatre in Lancaster, PA. When not performing, Anna works as a freelance copy editor and proofreader. Anna feels honored to be an artistic associate with Compass Rose Theater.