DeAnna is Artistic Director / Choreographer of KAIROS Dance Theater. KAIROS’ immersive, multi-sensory performances have been featured as “Critics’ Picks” fourteen times by the Boston Globe. The company’s work has been presented by Boston University, Roger Williams University, Medicine Wheel Productions, Provincetown Dance Festival, Booking Dance Festival (NYC) / Jazz at Lincoln Center, Compass Theater (Moscow), Busan Biennale (Korea), Cotuit Center for the Arts, Boston Cyber Arts Festival / Boston Exhibition & Convention Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in partnership with Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Critical Moves Performance Series, ARTBEAT & Dancing In The Streets / Somerville Arts Council, Jose Mateo’s Dance for World Community Day, HATCH Presenting Series (NYC), and its invitation-only follow-up series HATCHED (NYC), Six Degrees of Separation at University Settlement (NYC), National Convention of Artists & Innovators / Cue Ball Capital, Massachusetts Dance Festival, Nave Gallery, and Strand Theatre. In 2012 KAIROS was awarded residencies at URBANO Project, Roger Williams University and Boston Center for the Arts. In 2014 KAIROS was awarded Boston Dance Alliance’s Rehearsal & Retreat Fellowship; and in 2017 New England Foundation for the Arts awarded the company a New England Dance Fund Grant for its continued work in Russia.
KAIROS' work with youth has received recognition from the City of Boston and President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities for exceptional work in presenting rich learning opportunities to young people in the field of arts. The company's curriculum for creating collaborative performance projects with teenagers was chosen for publication in a special issue of Harvard’s Educational Review. Their on-going project, "HER", uses contemporary dance to explore and shed light on women's complex struggles for strength and personal identity in the face of society’s expectations and has been performed throughout New England and New York.
DeAnna choreographed the performance installation RED CHARLIE with musician Ed Broms, formerly of Grammy-nominated Blue Man Group. Their collaboration, produced by Broadway Across America at the Charles Playhouse, inspired Broms to write and record the song, DEANNA FLIES which will appear on his newest album, currently in production. DeAnna was also the inspiration for writer/director Gary Shore's award-winning, feature-length filmChildren of Providence. Shore invited DeAnna to act the lead role of "Roxie", as well as choreograph the movement sequences for the film. "Children of Providence," made with filmmaker Christian DeRezendes, was awarded "BEST FEATURE FILM" nationally and internationally in 2010 at both the SENE Film Festival in Rhode Island and the ROB KNOX Film Festival in London.
DeAnna has performed onstage with music artists including Mission of Burma's front man/guitarist Roger Miller, Grammy-nominated cellist Dave Eggar, Trans-Siberian Orchestra's singer/composer Dina Fanai, legendary jazz pianist Kenny Werner, and Chuck D and Flavor Flav of Public Enemy; also Mike Rivard (Club d'Elf), Dan Auerbach, Skip La Plante, Matt Samolis, Sam Ou, Hibiki Toen, Atsuko Kida, Kentaro Uchida, Takashi Sakai, Norihiko Akagi, Bruce Ferarra, Blake Newman, Haggai Cohen-Milo, Mateo Lugo, Matan Chapnizka, Daniel Wright, Phil Grenadier, Renato Malavasi, and Nat Mugavero; singers Stephen Salters, Patrice Williamson, Eleonora Bianchini, Stephen Marc Beaudoin, Alison Buchanan, Ramone Diggs, and William Hite; and music ensembles Dinosaur Annex, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. She has performed in works made collectively with composers Evan Ziporyn, Elena Ruehr, Nandlal Nayak, Hugh Hinton, and Grayson Hugh; visual artists Dedalus Wainwright, Mary Edna Fraser, and Beth Galston; and filmmaker Alla Kovgan. DeAnna has collaborated with and been featured in the work of photographers Liz Linder, Tim Gray, Jeff Anderson, Arthur Fink, Gabriel Rizzo and Kevin Bullis.