Born in Portsmouth, VA, DeShawn started performing at an early age. DeShawn is an alumni of the Governor School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA, a grauduate of the musical theatre department where he studied singing, acting and dancing and was a part of numerous musicals. In 2010, DeShawn was awarded the silver medal at the National Act-So competition in the category of Dramatics (The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics competition). He was also a part of the Honey In the Rock Dance theatre based out of Portsmouth, Virginia where he performed in numourous dance concerts. To further his education in musical theatre DeShawn attended Elon University where he graduated in 2015 with a B.F.A in Music Theatre. He just made the recent move to NYC!