My name is DeAnté Bryant and I'm a senior Musical Theater major at the Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. Based in St. Louis, I have performed in a few shows at the collegiate level including The Living by Anthony Clarvoe and The Webster Student Voices Project where he made his playwrighting Debut with his piece My Conscious Mind. My professional credits include A Christmas Carol at The Repertory Theater of St. Louis in 2021 & 2022 and A Dickens of a Christmas Fox Theater Tour at The Fabulous Fox Theater. I have also done some Cabaret work including Songs from Theater School at the Blue Strawberry St. Louis and Let’s Make An Album at the Sheldon Concert Hall.
Outside of the stage, I love making music and has a few songs out on all platforms including Breathe and Boyz Will Be Boyz (A collaboration with Jalen Miles). DeAnté continues to write and is currently working on his first musical It’s Not About You with Randon Lane. Above all things, DeAnté is a man of God and thanks his heavenly father for the strength.
All About Me
When it comes to my story, it’s honestly hard for me to try and widdle it down. It seems like in just 21 years of life, so much has happened already.
Let’s start with the basics. I was born in St. Louis, but I moved to Springfield, MO early on which is where I grew up. The summer before 8th grade I moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado with my mom and sister where I spent 3 short but very crucial years of my life. From there, I moved back to Springfield with my dad and brothers where I finished high school. Then I moved back to St. Louis to pursue a BFA in Musical Theatre at The Sargent Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University (we’re almost there!).
Now…when it comes to the way that I live my life, things can be summed up in two parts: BEFORE Christ and AFTER Christ. I know this might sound corny, but it’s true.
Growing up there was a lot of chaos. There were great times too, but I feel like it’s easier to remember the bad stuff. There were many things that happened that were out of my control. I had a lot of anger and feelings that I did not know how to express. This especially showed itself during my time in Colorado where things were very stressful for my family. When I was a sophomore in college I went back to visit my family in Colorado and quickly realized that some of that unhealed trauma was still present. In a fit of rage, I ended up driving away from my house late at night down the mountain. Suddenly, my car hydroplaned on the dirt path and before I knew it I flew off the side of the mountain and my car flipped six times. By the grace of God, I walked away with only a concussion and a heart shaped scar (which reminds me of my late-Granny B). The next morning, when we went to go pick up the wreckage, I reached down and picked up a cross, but not just any cross, it was a cross that belonged to my older brother Caelan who was murdered in April of 2020. It was a cross that I swear to this day was not in my car. When the tow-man came to pick up the car he wept. He pointed at me and claimed that I was born again. God had given me another chance and that I should tell my story. I felt the Lord’s presence that day and swore to live my life for him. This summer I was baptized in Jesus’s name.
Since then, my life has been completely different. Everything that I do is to glorify the kingdom. I am still far from perfect and make mistakes daily, but what keeps me going is the love that God had for me and his promises of eternal life and salvation.