Deya joined the CBT staff after 25 years in the Chicago and Midwest theater communities. A founding member of Chicago’s Shakespeare Repertory, Deya was on the teaching staffs of both DePaul University and Loyola University-Chicago before moving to Knoxville to join the UT Theatre Department. As a professional stage manager, Deya’s Chicago credits include productions at the Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire, and the Auditorium Theater Council’s Ovations! Series. Regional credits include 3 national tours with the Guthrie Theatre and ten consecutive seasons at Peninsula Players in Door County, Wisconsin.