Chantal DeGroat is an actress, activist, and & educator working in Portland and Seattle. Originally from Massachusetts, she is a classically trained actress who studied at Shakespeare and Co (Lenox, MA), and closely under Kristen Linklater at Emerson College (Boston, BFA). Chantal worked commercially in Los Angeles, where she also produced/performed in several theatre productions. Upon moving to PDX, Chantal first performed in Sherman: A Jazz Opera, score and music direction by Thara Memory. She has been a Third Rail Company Member since 2015. Third Rail Credits: The Nether and Belleville. Local/Seattle Productions include: Well (Seattle Rep, 2017), Stick Fly (Intiman Theatre), Bright Half Life (Profile Theatre, Fall 2016), We Are Proud To Present… (Artists Rep), The Liar (Artists Rep), 2 years running INVASION! (Badass Theatre Co, Drammy nominee for Best Ensemble), The Piano Lesson (Portland Playhouse, Drammy nominee for Best Ensemble), three years running Twist Your Dickens (Second City at PCS), God of Carnage (Chehelem Players Rep), For Better (Clackamas Rep), Pigeon and a Boy (Jewish Theatre Co), Much Ado and Winter’s Tale (NWCTC), as well as staged readings with The Hansberry Project (Bright Half Life), PCS JAW Festival (Complex), Profile Theatre (Valley Song) and Portland Shakespeare Project (Pericles Wet). Chantal has been honored to work as an educator for The August Wilson Red Door Project’s national August Wilson Monologue Competition (culminating on Broadway), Exeter University in England, PlayWrite Inc, PCS’s All’s Fair in Love and Shakespeare outreach tour, and Metro Arts. She founded teen arts group, From the Ground Up, and is Artistic Director of Portland discussion series, The Color of NOW.