Debora is originally a small-town southern girl hailing from Shreveport, Louisiana, who is also a veteran stage actor: Port Players in Shreveport, Main Stage Arkansas Repertory Theater in Little Rock, several Phase One Productions in San Francisco including ‘Elaine’ in “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” “Juvee” at Climate Theater also in San Francisco and “Sirens of Seduction” at Victory Theater in Burbank.
Debora has also been a professional country-singer/songwriter, performing at such venues as Lone Star Café in NYC, Palomino Club in L.A. and in her cabaret and one-woman show in San Francisco, “Intuitively, Debora.”
Debora is excited to have just signed with the SAG/AFTRA all-service theatrical talent agency, ASAP Talent Agency, out of LA/Atlanta.
Debora is indefatigably studying her acting craft, including audition/acting technique with James Ciccone, Billy Gallo, Amy Jo Berman and Billy Hufsey. She has also studied with Laura Henry(Meisner) and Lindsey Crouse in Los Angeles. She also studied with Jean Shelton in San Francisco. And even studied with Uta Hagan in New York. Debora also studies with casting director Terry Berland, and Nick Ormana, for commercial and voice-over technique.
Debora has just finished the building of her ‘home audio studio’ for audiobook narration and voice-over work. (See photos under Dec.’20 News)
She has recently completed the first season of her podcast ‘Authentically, Debz,’ a Southern girl looks at 70, which is serial/episodic and autobiographical, the through-line of which is her OCD. (You won’t be bored!) It can be found on podcast apps Apple, Itunes, Spotify, Goodle-Play, etc. It is also now on Debora’s Youtube channel(Debora Jan Gray), Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The second season of the podcast will be an interview format due to start in January, when Debora will be interviewing a variety of folks including her listeners, mental health authors, specialists and providers, as well as actors, directors, writers, producers, mentors and anyone else who has something to bring to the table!
Debora has also completed Level 1 and 2 of Second City’s Improv Intensives. She has fallen in love with improv and knows it is making her an even better actor.
Ms. Gray has also been studying with renowned accent/dialect coach, Erik Singer, at present working on British accents, and will follow with her fave French and then Irish, or whatever dialect she is called on to perform, including New York.
Her most recent film credit is her completion of the indie film, “Cloud,” directed by Szabina Tutor, which opened in early 2020.
Debora works especially well with children (including teenagers) and animals. Debora has also raised a 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 teenage youth, one of her many passions. Ms. Gray has called 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 her long-time trainer, Eugene. She also plays golf, walks/hikes and cycles. And she is a ‘sports fanatic’ and super fan of her teams in college and professional football and basketball. Debora was trained to be a baton twirler growing up in the South, for which she later used that skill when she played character ‘Twirler’ in the play “Talking With.” Debora has also recently sky-dived, hot-air ballooned and ziplined, all of which she intends to do again soon. Her latest certifiable skills training is with hand guns!
Debora’s focus for 2021 is on-camera acting in film/tv, the 2nd season(2021) of her podcast ‘Authentically, Debz’ with interview format, audio book narration and voice-over work for commercials, animation, and games.