Based in Los Angeles, Deanna is an award-winning author, singer, Jewish educator and spiritual leader, fusing her creative and performance talents with a passion for exploring Jewish heritage. She wrote three award-winning novels about Yellowstone National Park for which she was recognized by Time Magazine for Kids as a “hero for the planet.” She was a radio host and producer, studied opera on scholarship in Italy, toured and performed with her own solo cabaret, and wrote two plays. Born in Chicago, Deanna was bred in suburban Conservative Judaism and through it all, always finds herself turning to Judaism and building community with those searching for deeper understanding of how Judaism could enrich their lives. Deanna applied theater to ancient text as a Storahtelling company member, was the founding director of performing arts at Camp Ramah NorCal, and an adjunct professor of creative writing at AJU. She moved deeper into community leadership as the founding director of Jewish innovation at Silverlake Independent JCC where she cultivated Jewish programming, developed a school, and received a "Change-Maker" Grant for an exchange program with a Muslim school. Deanna creates personalized lifecycle rituals and workshops for organizations, families, and individuals seeking deeper meaning and interaction with tradition. She has officiated and created high holiday and Shabbat services nationwide. Recently, she launched “Pop Up Shul,” a theme-based, experimental synagogue. She is in the inaugural Honeymoon Israel’s Master Rabbi/Educators cohort, and consults for the TV show Transparent. Deanna plays the ukulele, and loves to hike and dance salsa.