A native Londoner, Deborah trained as an actress and singer and became a founding member of TEV in 1996. She played Louison, the youngest daughter of Argan, in their first production of Molière's The Imaginary Invalid, which toured extensively throughout Europe, in India, and also at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Following that, she spent time studying Classical Indian Vocal - first in Nagpur, India and and then the US and Canada to study with Indian vocalist Shweta Jhaveri. During this period, she continued acting, especially in Vancouver, where she appeared in a number of productions including Noel Coward's Relative Values and a new musical, DREGS.
In 2007, she appeared as Satan in TEV's production of William Blake's Divine Humanity and composed a new tune for Blake‟s most famous poem, 'Jerusalem' which featured in both that production and the touring version, Eternity in an Hour as well as in TEV Austria's production of Mahabharata. As a voiceover artist, she has provided narration for films, adverts and several audio books and is currently working with London based charity, OneBillion.org narrating children's stories for their software app to teach English in developing countries. She records and performs her own music as well as featuring as a vocalist for other musicians, including Victor Vertunni's 2011 album 'William Blake's Songs of Innocence & of Experience'. In 2013, she released her 1st single, Dust - based on a poem by Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi - under her own label Dragon Elm Records and which is currently re-released under Culture of the Spirit label.
Since 2014 Deborah has been performing in TEV‟s current production, Shakespeare’s Women, portraying the diverse roles of Joan of Arc and Bottom from A Midsummer Night's Eve.
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