Deanna Jent is a Professor of Theatre at Fontbonne University, where she has taught and directed shows since the fall of 1995. Deanna has been nominated five times for the Kevin Kline “Best Director” award and won the Kline award for Best Production of 2007 for Standing on My Knees. In addition, three productions she directed (The Chosen, Going to See the Elephant and Women’s Minyan) have won the Kline award for “Best Ensemble.
Deanna has directed at professional theatres throughout St. Louis, including the New Jewish Theatre, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Touring Company, The Orange Girls, ACT Inc., Stray Dog Theatre, and St. Louis Shakespeare. She holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from Northwestern University.
She is a playwright, a former Riverfront Times theatre critic and former editor of Christianity and Theatre magazine. Deanna founded Mustard Seed Theatre in the fall of 2007 and utilizes an Artistic Advisory Board of Resident Artists.