Dee Dee Batteast is a native of South Bend, Indiana. She is very happy to be in Knoxville at the Clarence Brown Theatre. Dee Dee is currently a Chicago based actress, director and teacher. Previous productions include In The Next Room, A Raisin in the Sun, Henry V, Shakespeare In Love, Merry Wives of Windsor, and The Parchmen Hour. She has also performed at The Illinois Shakespeare Festival (Bloomington), Virginia Stage (Norfolk), and PlayMakers Repertory Company (Chapel Hill). TV: Chicago Fire. Dee Dee received her undergraduate degree from Ball State University and her MFA from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a writer and activist who believes that art has the power to change the world- because art has the power to change the conversations that shape the world.