Actor. Writer. Director. Nerd.
Based in Brooklyn, New York, Devan Mickell Gallagher is an award-winning filmmaker, Meisner trained actor, and graduate of the William Esper Studio's two-year program. With a unique quirkiness described as Zooey Deschanel meets Aubrey Plaza, she has appeared on television, in film, and on stage in NYC, and is best known for writing, directing, producing, and starring in the campy comedic thriller Z-Stuy (Indie Spirit Award winner at the Women in Horror Film Festival, an official selection of the Ax Wound Film Festival, Reels of the Dead Atlanta, and Reels of the Dead Las Vegas, and a Semi-Finalist at the Los Angeles CineFest).
In addition to two years of study in the Meisner technique under Bruce McCarty, Devan has training in movement, voice and speech, stage combat, and audition technique (with other teachers including Nancy Mayans, Patricia Fletcher, Ted Morin, Jules Helm, Joe Pisapia, and Deb Jackel).
She is currently co-writing / creating a sci-fi farcical play as well as a comedic web series and her second social thriller.
Most recently, Devan took on supporting roles in several short films, including Coping (Kaye Tuckerman), Casting Chloe, Simulated Theory, and White Elephant and played a younger, quirky take on the Fairy Godmother (fresh out of wizarding school) in the Pixie's Playground Theatre's production of Cinderella.
Devan also played one of the titular roles (supporting) in the feature film The Five in Merseyside (a sci-fi meets spaghetti western directed by Trifon Dimitropoulos), which premiered at the Northeast Film Festival Horror Fest in December 2018. She appeared as lead in The Golden Goose (Jessica), Finding Amelia (Kate), and Love Letters Made Easy (Anna, Maureen) with The AlphaNYC at the Roebuck Theater. Her classwork has included roles ranging from Shakespeare and Shaw to Oscar Wilde and David Ives.
A D1 varsity soccer player while at Vanderbilt University (SEC), as well as a competitive cyclist (with previous sponsorships from Volume Bikes, Red Bull, and Bern Unlimited, among others), Devan is a multi-dimensional athlete with other skills including snowboarding, yoga, and horseback riding.
Favorite directors include (but are not limited to) Michel Gondry, Charlie Kaufman, Sofia Coppola, and Wes Anderson. Passionate about television and its unique opportunity for long-form character development, Devan is hopeful to get to work on the next hit AMC or Netflix series. And as a self-professed sci-fi geek with a particular love for all things Star Trek, Devan especially looks forward to one day taking her seat in the captain's chair.