Debora is a small-town southern girl hailing from Shreveport, Louisiana, who is also a veteran stage actor. From Port Players in Shreveport, Main Stage Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock AR, several Phase One Productions in San Francisco including ‘Elaine’ in “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” “Juvee” at Climate Theatre also in San Francisco, and “Sirens of Seductions” at Victory Theatre in Burbank.
Debora has also been a professional country-singer/songwriter, performing at such venues as Lone Star Cafe in NYC, Palomino Club in LA, and in her cabaret and one-woman show in San Francisco, “Intuitive, Debora.”
Debora is also signed with the SAG/AFTRA all-service theatrical/commercialVO/audiobook narration talent agency, The Library Agency in LA.
Her talent management is with Panache Management and Jennifer Milner in LA and Canada.
Debora indefatigably studies her acting craft with Geoffrey Blake, James Ciccone, and Billy Gallo. She has also studied with Laura Henry(Meisner) in LA. She has studied with Jean Shelton in San Francisco. And has even studied with Uta Hagen in New York. Debora also studies with casting director Terry Berland, and Nick Omana, for commercial and voice-over commercial/animation/games. She has also studied with Eric Singer and Tom Antonellis for accent/dialect training.
Debora has built a personal professional broadcast quality studio for audiobook narration and voice-over work.
Debora also writes, produces and performs her podcast called ‘Authentically, Debz, a Southern girl looks at 70.’ The first year of her podcast was serial/episodic and autobiographical, the story of her life to that point, her memoir, the through-line of which was Debora’s lifetime struggles with OCD which led her to a wild, crazy and sometimes dangerous life. The second season is interview format from a variety of guests including her subscribers and listeners, mental health providers especially those specializing in the treatment of OCD, as well as folks from the entertainment industry: actors, directors, writers, producers, mentors, and anyone else who has something to bring to the table! Deb has already dropped 27 episodes of her podcast and her most recent guests were producers, director and star of the new film, ‘The Lion’s Game’ which will open early fall 2022.
Debora has also completed Level I and 2 of Second City’s Improv Intensives, and will continue with Level 3 as time permits in her busy schedule.
Ms. Gray has also studied with renowned accent/dialect coach, Erik Singer, and is more recently studying with Tom Antonellis for voice-over and accent/dialect training.
She has also studied extensively with Nick Omana on voice-over, commercial and animation/game, and is always adding new character and commercial voices to her voice-over reels.
Most recently, Debora is writing the screenplay of her life, Toehold, taken from the first season of her autobiographical podcast, ‘Authentically, Debz’ and will turn it into a tv mini-series or film. She is currently studying screenwriting with Marcia and Geoffrey Blake.
Her most recent film credit is her completion of the indie film, “Cloud,” directed by Szabina Tutor.
Debora works especially well with children (including teenagers) and animals. Debora has also been busy raising her beautiful granddaughter, Myriah. She has 2 rescue pets, doggies Bella Journey and Black Bear and is an advocate for animals’ rights. Debora has recently retired from a long career of teaching special education to incarcerated youth, one of her passions (she calls it the ‘ER’ of education).
Debora definitely works hard, but she also likes to have fun, which includes traveling and enjoying new experiences, along with working out regularly with long-time trainer, Eugene.She loves playing golf, walks/hikes and cycles. And she is a ‘sports fanatic’ for her teams in college (the Arkansas Razorbacks) and in professional football and basketball. Debora was also a cheerleader and baton twirler in high school, for which she later used that skill when she played the character ‘Twirler’ in the play “Talking With.” Debora has also sky-dived, hot-air ballooned and zip-lined, all of which she intends to do again soon. Her latest certifiable skills training is with hand guns.
Debora is currently busy auditioning for on-camera acting in film/tv, completing the second season of her podcast ‘Authentically, Debz’ and completing the screenplay of her life story, entitled Toehold. She will also be narrating audiobooks and doing voice-over work from commercial to animation/games. And she just finished audio-narrating a children’s book for Learning Ally.
Oh, and Debora is now officially a great-grandmother for the first time to great-granddaughter extraordinaire ‘Oakley,’ who is now 9 months old! Oakley is Debora’s newest ‘joie de vivre’ and will call Debora ‘GG.