Associate Professor of Design
Debra has designed for many stage productions both regionally and internationally including the world premiere operas, Marco Polo, composed by Tan Dun and directed by Martha Clarke; and The Hindenburg, composed by Steve Reich and directed by Roman Paska. Regionally, her work includes Hambone for which she received a Helen Hayes nomination, Privates on Parade, The Shape of Things and Far Away, A Number, Caroline or Change, Fat Pig, Russian National Postal Service, Road to Mecca Blackbird all for Studio Theatre in Washington DC; Rough Crossing and a new musical, Famous Orpheus for Geva Theatre; the premiere of Spread Eagle by Jim Luigis at WPA Theatre in New York; Marisol by José Rivera for Hartford Stage and the New York Shakespeare Festival; The Illusion, The Baltimore Waltz, Happy Days and My Children, My Africa for Portland Stage; Pelléas and Mélisande for Skylight Opera; the New York premiere of Angels in America, Pt 1 for Juilliard; Game of Love and Chance for the Berkshire Theatre Festival; Broken Glass for the Philadelphia Theatre Company, for which she received a Barrymore Award nomination; and Moon for the Misbegotten, directed by Lloyd Richards at Yale Rep with Frances McDormand and David Strathairn. She is also worked on several workshop productions with the Actors Studio in New York including Salomé and Oedipus both directed by Estelle Parsons and Al Pacino with Dianne Wiest, Marissa Tomei and Al Pacino among others. Debra was the recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Design Grant and is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Yale University, M.F.A.
University of Wisconsin, M.F.A.
University of Wisconsin, B.A.
Awards and Honors
Helen Hayes, Outstanding Resident Play for Blackbird (2009)
Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Resident Musical, Caroline or Change (2007)
Helen Hays Award Nomination, design of "Hambone", Studio Theater, Washington DC (2003)
Nomination, Barrymore Award for Best Set Design ("Broken Glass") (1996 - 1997)
National Endowment for the Arts Designer Fellowship Grant (1993 - 1994)
American Conservatory Theatre Design Intern (1984 - 1985)
|THA||10b||Theater as Vision, Light and Sound|
|THA||40a||Production Design and the Art of the Visual Narrative for Theater, Television, and Film|
|THA||220d||Design Practicum I|
|THA||225a||Set Design I: Part 1|
|THA||225b||Set Design I: Part 2|
|THA||270d||Design Practicum II|
|THA||275a||Advanced Set Design|
|THA||275b||Set Design II: Part 2|
|THA||290a||Studio: Design Practice and Drafting I: Part 1|
|THA||290b||Studio: Design Practice and Drafting I: Part 2|
|THA||320d||Design Practicum III|
|THA||325a||Set Design III: Part 1|
|THA||325b||Set Design III: Part 2|
|THA||326a||Studio Portfolio: Part 1|
|THA||326b||Studio Portfolio: Part 2|