Professional Actor/Singer/Director - over 30 years.
MFA - Master of Fine Arts - Acting/Directing
Starred in The Fantasticks Off-Broadway, Soap Operas for 10 years, over 25 TV Guest Star roles, Film, 200+ Commercials, & Voiceovers.
25 years of coaching, teaching, developing, and also managing many actors to great success in stage, tv and film! Such as Kaley Cuoco, Gabriel Christian, & Jack Stanton.
Teach all levels of acting for stage and on-camera work, as well as voiceovers. Also teach singing in all styles, with advanced expertise in musical theatre.
I absolutely love actors and cherish the time I am given to mentor them and help them achieve their dreams and goals. I am a Pro in this Biz and I know my stuff and love sharing my expertise. I care about my students and honor them for pursuing their passion. I also love kids and have brought up many kids in this biz. So, whatever the age, I am there for my students and clients. All levels. From beginning to advanced to Pro. ❤️
Debbie single-handedly helped me land my starring role on South of Nowhere. 16 years later, we are still coaching/booking leading roles in tv, film, and commercials! A phenomenal coach, Deb has the gift to see what we are truly capable of as artists, as well as the honesty, instinct and passion to push us to be brave enough to go there. I can unequivocally say that Deb is the best acting coach in the business, and I’m eternally grateful to have found her.
There aren’t enough stars to give Debbie the review she deserves! Her vast experience and enthusiasm for her craft are invaluable. Debbie is professional and compassionate and truly cares about my daughter and her journey into the world of acting. Lessons with Debbie have resulted in more confidence and a solid foundation to continue building upon.
Debbie is a very gifted woman with so many talents! One of her great talents is being an excellent acting coach! She has helped my son grow so much as an actor! She is so caring about her students and their families. Through the years she has become more than just an acting coach, she has become a treasured friend. We highly recommend her!
Debbie is the BEST!!! She never lets me down! She keeps her word and will always want the best for you, and Debbie genuinely wants to help you in anyway possible!😊
My process is to first identify their level of experience. Depending on that and on what they are wanting to study most, we will proceed. For example, for Acting for TV and Film, we will begin with learning to Slate for the camera, interviewing for acting jobs on camera, then on to simple and fun Commercial copy (and Voiceover and Animatiin copy (if that is their interest), and on to Scenes from TV, Stage, snd Film, as well as Monologues. We will also include Improvisation skills. Through all of this I teach Truth in Acting and being as natural as possible- methods pulled from the great teachers, Stanislavsky, Strasberg, etc. I help actors go from Stage skills to On-Camera skills, as well. And if they are singers, we can get into that for Animation as well as Stage work.
I have a B.A. in Acting, Minor in Music from Florida State University. Also an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Acting/Directing from California State University Long Beach.
I am a certified performer and teacher from the Manhattan School of Music Professional Musical Theatre Workshop.
Also, I am a trained and certified member of teachers of MICHA (Michael Chekhov Association).
I am a Master Teacher of Acting for over 30 years having taught at Lee Strasberg Film and TV Institutes in NYC and LA, at many colleges and universities, and in my own studio for over 20 years in Burbank. I teach and coach actors and singers daily and am still a working actor. I also manage a small, exclusive group of actors in my McLeod Management company.