Internationally Acclaimed Writer/Performer Has worked as an actor, writer and comedian internationally. In the past three years has been playwright-in-residence at several theatre companies including the Adirondak Theatre Festival, guest playwright Buddies In Bad Times Theatre and is an ongoing member of the Usual Suspects Playwrights Lab at New York Theatre Workshop. Currently developing a new two character show, ‘My German Roots Are Showing’ Deb is also working on a book, Filler Up! Food on a Schtick. – Recipes and Stories from a South Pacific Jewish Family.
Deb is the voice of the Peg Bundy doll and “Mummy” in the award winning animated series, Bob and Margaret. Contributing writer in Daughters of Absence, edited by Mindy Weisel. Has worked on numerous productions as co-writer, and frequently tours stand up shows as well as emceeing favourite charities.
FILLER UP! workshopped in New Zealand at the Wellington Fringe 2000, at Rhubarb! Festival in NY, Theatre J Washington, Gloucester Theatre Company and Centre Stage, Harrisburg and at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. World Premiere of the show at Drill Hall Theatre, London 2003 to a sell out run. Equally successful runs in Toronto, Berlin, Auckland, and the U.S. (Alexandria, VA) and a successful return to London, U.K. Upcoming in 2005 – a tour of the U.K, seasons in the U.S. and Australia, and a Backer’s Audition in New York City.
First workshopped her last solo show, PUNCH ME IN THE STOMACH, co-written with Alison Summers, at La Mama Theatre in New York and toured to the Adelaide Festival, and the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts, where she won ‘Critics’ Pick’.
PUNCH ME IN THE STOMACH opened off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in 1992 and has toured internationally for ten years. It opened New York’s Jewish Museum’s refurbished theatre and the new Hong Kong Theatre for the Arts. An ABC documentary, ANGST, filmed it in Australia, New York, and New Zealand. Documentary filmaker and director Francine Zuckerman then adapted it into a feature film, which toured theatrically and was later screened on television internationally.
Studied theatre in New York with Stella Adler, Uta Hagen and Deborah Hedwall. Off-Broadway debut in a musical comedy based on the life of singer Sophie Tucker. Performed in Europe with various theatre companies. First one-woman show named ‘Pick of the Fringe Festivals’ by the CBC, Canada. Performed at various 80’s New York downtown cabaret spaces alongside John Leguizamo, Blue Man Group, etc. Featured artist at the ‘Gusto House Cabaret’ chosen to play the 1990 Edinburgh Festival. A tour of the U.K. followed. Lead singer in several rock and roll bands and founding member of “The Ratz” and “Debbie and the Dum Dums,” during the late 1970¹s, two celebrated New Zealand punk cabaret groups.