Deena Marie Manzanares is a professional actor, model, and tv host based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Within the last couple of years, she was named Face of New Utah, SLC’S Community Celebrity, and SLC Sweetheart!
Be it on stage or on set, Deena Marie has devoted many years honing her performing skills. A member of Actor’s Equity Association, she is a graduate of the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York City, NY. The ATC was founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy. While she was a student, Deena Marie was chosen to perform for Mamet himself, as well as play the leading role of Darlene in “Balm in Gilead“, the final production prior to gradation. Upon graduation, she was cast in an Atlantic production for kids, and performed the musical in the Atlantic Theater Company Theater Off-Broadway.
NYC training also includes Juilliard, and NYU’s musical theater CAP21. Just a few years ago, Deena Marie went back to NYC to further her Shakespearian and classical training with Seth Barrish of The Barrow Group and Red Bull Theater Company. Dramatic and classical theatrical work remains her greatest love.
Recent theatrical highlights include the title role in “Hedda Gabler” with The Sting & Honey Company, and Blanche in “A Streetcar Named Desire” with Radical Hospitality Theatre.
Recent film work includes the recurring role of Professor Caren in the brand-new series, “In the Vault” on Go90.
In December of 2007, Deena Marie started her first YouTube channel. The channel, titled BeanerLaRue, was a way for her to showcase her comedic talents. There her videos have over 7 million views, and 31 thousand subscribers. This led to becoming a Ford Fiesta Agent in 2009 and again in 2013. This was a national social media campaign featuring 100 carefully selected social media stars in the US. Weekly adventures for Ford included sending Deena Marie to interview the top six American Idol contestants, flying a plane, and interviewing bands at Lollapalooza. Her most popular videos are her “Twilight” musical parodies, and were featured on MTV.
For over three years she created, edited, and appeared in a weekly comedic video and conducted interviews for City Weekly’s SLC website.
Deena Marie was featured on G4TV’s, “Attack of the Show” and ranked among the top ten “Hottest Women on the Web“. She was also awarded a Salt Lake Magazine, “Best of the Beehive” award as “The Comedienne“, and a City Weekly “Best of Utah” award in the category of media.
As a television host, Deena Marie is seen regularly on local stations KUTV2, KSTU Fox 13, and ABC4, filling in as a lifestyle host, sideline reporter, and feature reporter for both the morning and evening news. She also created and appeared weekly with her entertainment segment, Deena on the Local Scene for KUTV2. Deena Marie is also an on-camera reporter for Stringham Schools, a real estate school in UT with an online curriculum.
She often emcees live events around town, such as TEDx SLC, and has remained a fixture in local press with recent features in SLUG Magazine, The Salt Lake Tribune, And Salt Lake Magazine.
Modeling highlights for Deena Marie include Agnes and Dora, Betsy Couture, Got Beauty, Salt Lake Magazine, Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine, Time Magazine, The Salt Lake Tribune, and Elevate Magazine.
When not working, you can find Deena Marie doing what she loves to do most. Being a mother to her sweet boy, Charlie.