Dana is a lifelong theatre junkie. After studying theatre and broadcast journalism at Drake University, she trucked out to Los Angeles. An actor and writer, she runs the gamut from classical theatre to fan fiction to sketch comedy. She's 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 currently she's producing sketches with Andrew Joseph Perez as Mornings & Mondays. She studies acting at Lesly Kahn & Company.
She’s appeared with the Sacred Fools Theater Company in the LA premiere of A Gulag Mouse as Prushka. “Hidden under a blanket, Dana DeRuyck quietly gathers power, making [Prushka] the mouse into this tiny world’s moral arbiter.” (Theatre Ghost) “This is a performance that will remain with you, I promise.” (Night-Tinted Glasses) Also with Sacred Fools: Miravel, A Woman of No Importance (Mrs. Allonby u/s), Bill & Joan (Female Swing) and The Magic Bullet Theory (Dorothy Kilgallen u/s). She’s a frequent collaborator in the Serial Killers late-night show, as both a writer and actor, having performed both roles for 2014-15's long running piece “Love Sex Money Prom.”
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. 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."
Speaking of Hollywood Fringe, Dana is a frequent participant, and will be returning in 2017 with the world premiere of Robot Monster the Musical -- a reimagining of the 1953 so-bad-it's-good cult film. As usual, she'll be all around the festival, also promoting Broads' Word Ensemble's Loves Adventures.
Dana has appeared in the world premieres of Breaking Bard (2015 Hollywood Fringe), Deity Clutch, and Sherlock Through the Looking-Glass with the Porters of Hellsgate. Other shows with PHG: The Winter’s Tale (Clown), Henry V (Fluellen), King Lear (Regan), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Ford).
Other notable LA Theatre: Sisters Three (Inkwell Theatre), Brown Buffalo (Company of Angels), Forever (Magnum Opus Players), Attack of the Rotting Corpses (Zombie Joe's Underground), Romeo & Juliet (Knightsbridge Theatre), Dog Sees God (Urban Theatre Movement), Much Ado About Nothing (California Shakespeare Company), Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (Hermosa Beach Playhouse).
Film/TV/Web: iCarly (Nickelodeon), Harry Potter & The 10 Years Later (YouTube; LA WebFest 2013 Outstanding Achievement in Producing and Ensemble), Perv the Cat (YouTube).