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, “Intuitively, Debora.”
Debora is also signed with the SAG/AFTRA all-service commercial/theatrical 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 LA, James Ciccone NY, and Billy Gallo LA. She has also studied with Laura Henry(Meisner) LA. She has studied with Jean Shelton San Francisco. And has even studied with Uta Hagen 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 NY and is studying with Tom Antonellis LA 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.’ (https://authenticallydebz.libsyn.com) The first year of her podcast was memoir, serial/episodic and autobiographical, the story of her life to that point, 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 next guest is Abby Sher, a well-known writer and performer, whose work has appeared in Modern Love, has performed with Second City, written for Elle, Redbook. She is also a fellow sufferer of OCD. She has also written several books, her latest “Sanctuary.”
Debora has also completed Level I and 2 of Second City’s Improv Intensives, and will continue with it 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 animation/game specifically, and is always adding new character voices to her animation/game voice reel.
Debora will be producing her memoir from her ‘Authentically, Debz’ podcast as an indie film. The working title is “Toehold.”
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 cycling. And she is a ‘sports fanatic’ for her team 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 continuing adding to her memoir portion of her podcast. She will also be narrating audiobooks and doing voice-over work from commercial to animation/games.
Oh, and Debora is now officially a great-grandmother for the first time! Her name is Oakley and she is Debora’s newest ‘joie de vivre!’ She is 1 year old now!! Oakley calls Deb ‘GG.’ 🙂