Recognized internationally as a performer for over 30 years, Deborah has toured Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, China, the United States and throughout Canada. No stranger to performing at festivals, community events, theatres, and museum, Deborah’s engaging presentations continue to delight audiences wherever she goes.
Storytelling Toronto acknowledged Deborah’s work as a storyteller by making her a recipient of the Anne Smythe Travel Award and the Alice Kane Award. The Canadian High Commission, London and the Canadian Embassy in Dublin supported her tour to Ireland of Northern Nights- Canada’s History in Story and Song. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre invited Deborah to tour Labrador for the Canadian Children’s Book Week.
As Artistic Director of FOS – Festival of Storytelling Deborah brought many internationally acclaimed storytelling artists to her community. Deborah can be heard on “The Crystal” a storytelling CD featuring over 100 minutes of stories taken from her appearances on NCPR (North Country Public Radio) in Upper New York State.
Deborah is librettist, poet, lyricist, author, and playwright all in one. For the Wars of 1812 celebration Deborah researched, penned and performed in her one woman show, “Battlefield Petticoats”. Her newest work is “At the Canoe Club Dance”, a one woman play that celebrates storytelling and the golden age swing.
In her previous career as a children’s performer Jim Henson Productions engaged Deborah to write and produce songs for the Muppets. She appeared on Mr. Dressup and Fred Penner’s Place for CBC, and on Eureka’s Castle for Nickelodeon TV. Deborah created five award winning recordings and penned two award winning books: The Jumbo Book of Music and The Jumbo Book of Drama, Kids Can Press.
Deborah is a member of SC/CC – Storytellers of Canada, Storytelling Toronto, The American Federation of Musicians, SOCAN - The Society of Composers Authors and Music Publishers, and The Canadian Children's Book Centre. She is the Founding Member of the 1000 Islands Yarnspinners and the former editor of the Pippin Newsletter for Storytelling Toronto.
Deborah’s clients include:
BACLA – Brockville and Area Community Living Association
Brockville Women’s Network
Canadian Federation of University Women
Council of Drama in Education
Educator Workshops: Ontario, British Columbia, Labrador, USA, People’s Republic of China
Ministry of Education Course Instructor for Theatre and Music
OISE – Ontario Institute of Studies in Education
Ontario Music Educators
Ontario School Library Association
Reading For the Love of It
Sears Drama Festival
University of Toronto Faculty of Education
York University Concurrent Education