DEIRDRE LOVEJOY was born in Abilene, Texas, where her father was stationed in the Air Force. After a brief residence in Connecticut and several years in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Go Steelers!), her parents divorced. Her mother remarried and Deirdre (and her older brother Charlie) relocated in Elkhart, Indiana - home of Alka Seltzer, RV’s, Band Instruments and (by author Meredith Wilson’s own admission), the "river city" of Music Man fame. Growing up in Indiana (Go Colts!), Deirdre tagged along with her mother, Marcia Fulmer, to the Elkhart Civic Theatre, and fell in love with acting from the moment she stepped on stage as a fifth grader. Greatly encouraged by her mother, Deirdre continued to participate in local productions throughout middle and high school. The love affair continues to this day, as does the Elkhart Civic Theatre, still housed in the historic Bristol Opera House. Deirdre visits ECT every time she’s home, where her signature on the backstage "wall" remains to this day. As for Mom Marcia, check out her theatre reviews of the northern Indiana Theatre scene at MarciaMarciaMarcia.net, or listen to the critically acclaimed podcast, TheatreGeeks streaming on the web, with new episodes monthly.
As a student at Elkhart Memorial High School, Deirdre met Coe Strain, head of the Department of Drama. Coe took her under her wing, nurturing her love of acting, and encouraging her to pursue a professional career. Encouraged in Evansville by her acting teacher and mentor John David Lutz to purse advanced training, Deirdre went on to study at New York University, and began her career as a professional Actor in New York City (Go Jets!).
She received her BFA from the University of Evansville, and her MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Deirdre appeared most recently on Broadway in the sold out run of Nora Ephron’s Tony Award winning Lucky Guy, starring Tom Hanks, directed by George C. Wolfe, (Broadhurst Theatre). Her other Broadway credits include John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation (at Lincoln Center Theatre, as well as on tour in the First National Touring Company), Getting and Spending, (Helen Hayes Theatre) and The Gathering, (The Cort Theatre).
Off-Broadway: Li'l Bit in Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize winning How I Learned to Drive, (Original New York Production), A Midsummer Night's Dream, Machinal, (Public Theatre), and The First Part of Henry 1V, directed by the legendary Joseph Papp at the iconic Delacourte Theatre in Central Park (http://www.publictheater.org/en/programs--events/shakespeare-in-the-park/?SiteTheme=ShakespeareShakespeare in the Park).
Regional Theatre favorites are too long to list, but here are the highlights: Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures (IHO for short) at Berkeley Repertory Theatre (2014); She originated the role of Lulu in the Indiana Repertory Theatre world premiere production of James Still’s The House That Jack Built. At the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego: Macbeth (Lady Macbeth), Comedy of Errors (Adriana) and The Sisters Rosensweig (Pfeni). Heartbreak House (Lady Utterword) at the Huntington Theatre directed by Darko Tresjnak, Li’l Bit in Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive at Arena Stage (Helen Hayes Nomination), Dark Rapture (Julia) at ACT in San Francisco, Noises Off (Brooke) at the Westport/Cape/Ogunquit Playhouses), Don Juan at Baltimore Center Stage, The Rivals (Lydia Languish) at Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Red Memories at NYSF, both directed by the late Roger Rees. Musical Theatre in New York includes Hannah 1939 (starring Julie Wilson), and Once around the City (directed by Mark Linn Baker) and several more which shall not be mentioned...
Deirdre spent five seasons at New York Stage and Film developing new plays and musicals with Tony, Emmy, and Oscar Award winning actors, playwrights and directors and designers, as well as five seasons with The New Harmony Project, and a season at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. She has developed work with new playwrights at The Lark, Playwrights Horizons, New Dramatists, Primary Stages, The Vineyard Theatre, The Mark Taper Forum, The Geffen Playhouse and The Public Theatre, to name a few.
Deirdre is probably proudest of her portrayal of States Attorney Rhonda Pearlman on HBO’s critically acclaimed David Simon odyssey The Wire. Often sited as one of the most influential and realistic television dramas of all time, The Wire continues to enjoy an extended life and new fan base thanks to DVD collections and streaming media. The Wire continues to be enjoyed by a new generation of fans, appealing to young and old viewers year after year, showing no sign of slowing down.
Bones fans know her as the brilliant/evil lawyer/serial killer, Heather Taffett, aka “The Gravedigger”. Deirdre’s played murderers, mothers, detectives, doctors, lawyers, social workers, and weeping versions of all of the above. She’s been lobotomized, arrested, jailed, killed by cars and peanut oil, witnessed successful face transplants and had her head exploded off of her body by sniper fire (one of the most popular GIFS to date).
In addition to The Wire, Deirdre has appeared on a wealth of television series, including GIRLS, Orange is the New Black, Bones, American Horror Story, Body of Proof, Private Practice, The Forgotten, The Medium, Criminal Minds, Lie to Me, The Closer, Nip/Tuck, Saving Grace, Strong Medicine, Outlaw, Close to Home, Shark, The Protector, The Lion's Den, The West Wing, Law & Order, Law & Order Special Victims Unit, Law & Order Criminal Intent, Cold Case, Close to Home, Numbers, Without a Trace, Brothers and Sisters, Eli Stone, NYPD Blue, Ed, Third Watch, Perfect Murder Perfect Town: The Jon Benet Ramsey Story, The Kennedys of Massachusetts, many more.
Film: Two upcoming releases: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (directed by Ang Lee), and Thirsty. Other film credits include Step Up, Bad Teacher, The Stepfather, Lionhead, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Gloria and Eric, Thirteen Conversations About One Thing, Random Hearts, Sour Grapes, Shaft, and The Freshman, with directors Ang Lee, Sydney Pollack, Stanley Donan, Anthony Minghella, Jake Kasdan, Anthony Hemingway, Timothy Van Patten, Mark Platt, Mark Tinker, Nelson McCormick, Andrew Bergman, Anne Fletcher, Larry David and John Singleton.
For a complete Filmography, please visit IMDBPro.
Coaching: As a private acting coach, Deirdre spent two years on the set of the ABC soap opera All My Children, working with front burner storyline actors, helping them navigate the rigors of daily hour-long shooting, the demands of memorization and the basic techniques for "hitting their marks" in a high pressure situation. She coaches privately in New York (as well as Los Angeles, when on the west coast), helping actors improve their audition technique for both theatre and on camera auditions. Drawing on over thirty years of on-the-job professional experience, students with basic and advanced skill levels improve their performance "in the room", developing both confidence and expertise in all areas of performance in a safe, fun environment. If you are interested in scheduling a personal private coaching session with Deirdre, you may inquire here.
She has recorded Books on Tape (available through Random House via ITunes). She frequently teaches Master Classes at her alma matter the University of Evansville, where she recently also directed a production of Hot L Baltimore with undergraduate students.
As a writer, Deirdre is developing her solo piece Bird Elephant China, which premiered at the Chautauqua Theatre Company’s Solo Festival Readings Series.
Deirdre lives in New York City.