DEB FILLER

ACTOR: THEATRE Deb Filler is an internationally acclaimed theatre, character, comic and musical artist. Playing Leah Kimhi in ‘Birds of A Kind’ at the Stratford Theatre Festival Deb received accolades and overwhelmingly positive feedback. The play won numerous critics’ picks in Canada. Performed in the Toronto Centre for the Arts production of Death of A Salesman in Yiddish and Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, with Fiona Reid and others at Campbell House where she was lauded for her work. FILM & TV  A featured regular in the TV series Shark Lords for FX/MGM in the US, Deb has also memorably appeared in The Handmaid’s Tale, American Gods, the documentary film The Last Laugh alongside comedy legends Mel Brooks and Sarah Silverman. She penned and starred in several short films including Mr Bernstein, Ladies and Gentlemen: Biddie Schitzerman and Trip. SOLO Shows include ‘I Lost It in Kiev’, ‘Filler Up’ (a solo show, with 42 characters where she bakes a loaf of bread onstage) and ‘Punch Me in the Stomach’ (solo show, 36 characters off Broadway, off West End.) Deb has worked in theatre internationally including Lookingglass Theatre Company (Chicago) Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre (Company B), New York Theatre Workshop, Buddies in Bad Times, and many others.  I Did It My Way In Yiddish (in English) toured London, Australia, Jerusalem and L.A, New York  Toronto and New Zealand.  TEACHER A long time guest teacher in the theatre department at Brown University, Humber College’s program for comedy writers, New Zealand’s The Actor’s Program and New Zealand’s National Drama School, she also coaches, mentors and leads storytelling and humour workshops across the world.

COMEDY She regularly performs comedy internationally at clubs, benefits and emceeing fund raisers.

Deb will always be the voice of the Peg Bundy doll.

WRITER: Internationally Acclaimed as a Writer/Performer and comedian. Also 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. Contributing writer in ‘Daughters of Absence’, edited by Mindy Weisel and worked on numerous productions as co-writer.

VOICE: Deb as the voice of the Peg Bundy doll and “Mummy” in the award winning animated series, Bob and Margaret.  

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.

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