In 1981, Deborah began her career as a director with “The Phantom Tollbooth” and a cast of forty students. If that wasn’t enough challenge, Deborah double cast the production and added songs to it! Since then, she has directed more than 250 plays and musicals, with adults and children alike. Primarily, she has directed in Missouri and Kansas, but is available to be hired to direct elsewhere.
“I enjoy directing productions with a message. Obviously, those are the most meaningful. My goal is for an audience to leave a show thinking about its meaning and hopefully discussing it with their neighbors when they return home. That’s what theatre is all about. Several years ago, I was hired to create a Diversity Celebration in honor of Martin Luther King. This was an incredible experience for me, because it was my first step toward conceptualizing my own ideas. Although not a play, I booked artists and invited prominent citizens of my community to speak about Reverend King. The celebration included dancing, rappers, Kabuki puppets, poetry and music that celebrated our multicultural heritages, especially those of color. It was an honor to be a part of something so beneficial and poignant.”
Contact Deborah if you are you seeking a director with a professional manner who is creative and enthusiastic.
Deborah’s blog Dramamommaspeaks.com focuses on her teaching and directing experiences, offering advice to the novice or experienced artist.
The Giver, The Diary of Anne Frank, Seussical, Fiddler on the Roof, The Odd Couple, Oklahoma!, The Snow Queen, Music Man, Into the Woods, Miracle Worker, Guys and Dolls. . .
Directed and Produced Over 250
Plays and Musicals
Over 40 years.
Full length & Junior versions
Tom Sawyer, Holes, Oliver!, Arsenic and Old Lace, On Golden Pond, Schoolhouse Rock Live, Aladdin, Wizard of Oz, Honk, Willy Wonka, Ama and the White Crane
. . . and more
Through her direction and refusal to accept anything less than the best you can do; students reach their highest potential and develop an unstoppable drive to learn all they can. Year after year, you see them keep coming back for more. One could not wish for a better teacher, director, or mentor than Debbie Baldwin. -Melissa Trierweiler