Place of Birth: New York, NY
Education: Quintano’s School for Young Professionals; Borough of Manhattan Community College
A native New Yorker, Deborah began studying ballet at age eight at the Metropolitan Opera Ballet School. She became smitten by the stage when cast as a supernumerary in Met Opera productions from that time forward into her late teens. While there, she studied with Margaret Craske, Alfredo Corvino, and Antony Tudor. Upon leaving the Met, she continued her ballet training with Nadine Revene and expanded into the world of jazz dance, studying with Lynn Simonson. Deborah went on to perform with The Linea Dance Company with Yvonne Hicks and the New Jersey Classic Ballet with Lori Picinich, and danced as a show-girl/dancer in several revues, both in New York City and in a Dallas revue produced by Augie and Margot Rodriguez, choreographed by Ronn Forella.
In addition to her dancing, Deborah has always sung, and began playing guitar as a young teen. In the mid-to-late 1970’s, she sang and played in various restaurants in New York, and also performed at private functions.
Her acting studies were brief but intense, with the wonderful Hal Holden at HB studios in New York City. The tools she received there have served her well in all of her performing endeavors.
In 1984, Deborah was cast as a swing performer in the Los Angeles production of the Broadway musical, La Cages aux Folles. Thereafter, during her more than 15 years in California - south and north - she taught jazz dance at the Shawl Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley, and aerobics classes at The Claremont Resort and Spa in Oakland, as well as in several corporate fitness centers, while holding down a full-time “day job.”
Shortly after her return to New York in 2002, Deborah began studying voice privately with the amazing Ingrid Zeldin. She continued these studies for about eight years, once again receiving “tools” with which to move forward as a singer.
In 2008, Deborah became a member of The Snarks, Ltd., the venerable women’s theatrical club created in 1909, acting in plays by (among others) A.R. Gurney, Noel Coward, and John Morgan Evans. She is forever grateful for their love and support, and their very high caliber of performance.
A proud member of The Lambs, Inc., Deborah has had the great privilege of meeting many fascinating “show biz” people, all lively and with amazing stories to tell. Having the option to sing weekly at their “Low Jinks” events has propelled her into the cabaret world, taking all she knows thus far and putting it to use in yet another realm of performance.
In March of 2016, having just completed three performances of two versions of her first cabaret show, “The Good, the Bad, and the Lovely” at the “Don’t Tell Mama” cabaret venue, accompanied by Woody Regan on piano and directed by Ann McCormack, Deborah was now reaching for more.
Deborah has since performed her shows at The Metropolitan Room, The Triad in the “Richard Skipper Celebrates” series, as part of the “Cabaret Cares” series at The Metropolitan Room, as a part of Bobbie Horowitz’s “It’s Only a Number” series at The Metropolitan Room, as a benefit for the Episcopal Actors’ Guild, and again at Don’t Tell Mama, where she’s thrilled to be extending her run with two performances in March and April of 2017.
Melding her many talents, in song, theater and dance, she embraces this exciting new direction with joy.