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 TheatreCourt TheatreNorthlight TheatreSteppenwolf 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.