Dana DeRuyck is that lovable woman-child in everything from classical theatre to fan fiction to sketch comedy. An apologetic know-it-all; the snarky pixie with a weakness for fast food and fart jokes. She's the quirky voice of reason; a manic pixie dream hobbit.
A lifelong theatre junkie, Dana is a founding member of Broads' Word Ensemble, a member of Sacred Fools Theater Company, and a resident artist with the Porters of Hellsgate. She’s worked with sketch comedy groups Dreamwolf and Dynamite Kablammo, and produces sketches with Andrew Joseph Perez as Mornings & Mondays.
Dana will be wrapping up 2018 in the world premiere of LA-playwright Jami Brandli's Sisters Three, which opens at The Inkwell Theater at Vs. Theatre on December 14th. The play, directed by Annie McVey, features the cast from the 2016 workshop production, including Kara Hume and Robyn Cohen. This comes on the tail of understudying for Circle X Theatre's critically-lauded production of Octavio Solis' new work Hole in the Sky, and her appearance in Jenelle Riley's award-winning romp Jane Austen's Emma Frankenstein at the 2018 Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Recent web and film appearances include the award-winning web-series 20 Seconds to Live ("Medium"), season 2 of web-series Fixing Shakespeare with Communication, and short films in 2017's 24 Hour Film Race ("What She Said"; finalist) and 48 Hour Film Project LA ("Surprise!").
In fall of 2017, she was onstage with the Sacred Fools Theater Company in the critically-lauded and award-nominated LA premiere of Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play by Ann Washburn, understudying the dual role of Maria and Bart. At Fools, she also played Prushka in the LA premiere of Arthur Jolly's A Gulag Mouse.
Broads' Word Ensemble made their debut in summer of 2015 with their flagship production, Fifty Shades of Shrew, a retelling of Shakespeare's classic The Taming of the Shrew. Dana and the Broads returned to the Hollywood Fringe in 2016 with their original new comedy, MUST BE COMFORTABLE WITH, which Tracey Paleo of Gia on the Move called "a smack-down of epic proportions of the women's theatrical casting scene... Highly recommended."
Dana hit the Hollywood Fringe in 2017 with the world premiere of Robot Monster the Musical -- a reimagining of the 1953 so-bad-it's-good cult film. Bob Leggett of Indie Voice Blog said, "Best part of the show was the performance of Dana DeRuyck as little Johnny." Audiences hailed her performance as "convincing," "wonderfully obnoxious," and "a hoot with hilarious facial expressions, strong singing, and just, well, she was fun to watch." Other notable Fringe outings include The Porters of Hellsgate's Breaking Bard (2015 Hollywood Fringe, Spirit of the Fringe Awards Best Writing), and Lamprey: Weekend of Vengeance (2016 Hollywood Fringe, Best Comedy).