Playing Fannie Lou Hamer


"Never to forget where we came from and always praise the bridges that carried us over." - Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) American voting and  women's rights activist, civil rights leader. A historic character in our play because she was one of those bridges.


Deana Tavares plays Fannie Lou Hamer in many of our productions. Deana is an artist, performance poet, singer/songwriter. Through her work she aims to inspire, uplift, and bring more hope into the world by sharing her own unique perspective. Constantly exploring the depths of creativity, she likes to call herself creatively fluid.


Passionate and driven as an artist, Deana's love of music, poetry, and performance are beginning to merge together in the form of songwriting, storytelling, and acting. She has done some background acting in several movies over the years through Boston Casting, as well as some voice-over work with Andy Celley. A few of her poetry performances can be found online through Dedham TV-Dedham’s Peace Vigil, MLK event, and Connecting The Dots with Dot Walsh.


Some of her published pieces can be found on her website jummyjeenz.com and saveprouty.org. Deana’s practices are meditative and explorative. She plans to continue viewing the concepts of hope and understanding through a macro lens.