Victoria (toy) Deiorio

Combining her previous careers in ballet, acting and songwriting, Victoria Deiorio is a critically acclaimed sound designer and composer for theatre, based in Chicago. With a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University, and studying classical acting in London at RADA and LAMDA, she transitioned from the performance artistry to the technical. She has also written a few plays and musicals, directed along the way, production managed, and produced theatre.

Her compositions and sound design have been heard in many theatres over the past 18 years.

Off-Broadway sound design: A Christmas Carol (St. Clements); Two Point Oh with Active Theatre (Primary Stages); Arnie the Doughnut at the NYMTF (The Pearl); Cassie’s Chimera at Joe’s Pub (The Public); The Bluest Eye with Steppenwolf (The Duke Theatre); Ophelia at the NYC Fringe Fest (The Connelly); The God of Hell at the Actor’s Studio (Associate); Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams at Primary Stages (Associate); Live Girls at Urban Stages (Associate); Luminescence Dating at Ensemble Studio Theatre (Associate); and Boy at Primary Stages (Associate).

Regionally she has worked with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman, Steppenwolf Theatre, Court Theatre, Victory Gardens, Northlight Theatre, LA Theatre Works, Centerstage Baltimore, Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre, Cleveland Playhouse, Delaware Theatre Company, People’s Light and Theatre, Chautauqua Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory, Notre Dame Summer Shakespeare, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Florida Stage, American Players Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Renaissance TheatreWorks, Peninsula Players, and Birmingham Children’s Theatre.

In Chicago she has designed productions with Writers’ Theatre, The Next Theatre, Remy Bumppo, Irish Theatre of Chicago, Teatro Vista, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, American Blues, Lifeline, Light Opera Works, and many other storefront theaters.

She was an Associate Artistic Director with COR theatre, a founding member of Rivendell Theatre Ensemble, an artistic associate with The Next Theatre, and a member of Lifeline Theatre.

She directed Skin Tight with COR theatre; Falling: A Wake with Rivendell Theatre Ensemble; Mami, Where’d My O Go with COR theatre; Stigmata (which she also wrote) for RTE’s Fresh Produce; a staged reading of Night Light by Robert Smith; Sunday on the Rocks with Second Sex at Bailiwick Theatre; 365 Days, 365 Plays – Week 19 and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! at Lifeline Theatre.

She composed Dirty Cowboy and Flight of the Dodo – 2 children’s musicals for Lifeline Theatre.

She is the first woman to have been nominated for 13 Joseph Jefferson Awards – winning 7 – and she has received 2 After Dark Awards. Victoria is the head of Sound Design at DePaul University.

And she’s produced 2 CD’s of original music with her band ToyBand.