Deborah Brevoort

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Deborah Brevoort

Deborah Brevoort is the author of numerous plays, musicals and operas. She is best known for The Women of Lockerbie. Published by Dramatists Play Service and No Passport Press it has been translated into nine languages and is produced all over the US and internationally. She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe award for King Island Christmas, a musical/oratorio written with composer David Friedman based on the Alaskan children’s book, and Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing, her NYU thesis musical with GMTWP alum Scott Davenport Richards. King Island Christmas was recorded in a CD by 12-time Grammy winner Thomas Z. Shepard, and has been produced in theatres all over the US and Canada.  Crossing Over, her Amish Hip Hop musical written with GMTWP alum Stephanie Salzman will receive a concert reading at the York Theatre in January 2019. She is currently writing Loving, a musical about the landmark Supreme Court decision (Loving vs. the State of Virginia) with composer Diedre Murray.  Deborah has written numerous opera librettos. Her latest is Murasaki’s Moon, with composer Michi Wiancko, commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and On-site Opera.  It will premiere in May 2019.   Embedded, with composer Patrick Soluri, was commissioned by American Lyric Theater and produced at Ft. Worth and Fargo Morehead Operas after winning the Frontiers competition.  Steal a Pencil for Me, with composer Gerald Cohen, also won the Frontiers competition and premiered at Opera Colorado in 2018.  Other librettos include The Polar Bat (a contemporary version of Die Fledermaus) and a new version of Mozart’s The Impresario, commissioned and produced at the Anchorage Opera.  Other musical works include: Blue Moon Over Memphis, a Noh Drama about Elvis Presley, which is touring internationally in a traditional Noh production by Theatre Nohgaku of Japan; and, the book and lyrics for Goodbye My Island, with music by David Friedman, based on the Alaskan children’s book. She was a finalist for the 2018 Pellicciotti Prize in Opera Composition for Albert Nobbs with composer Patrick Soluri.  Her plays include: My Lord What a Night, about Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein, to be presented in Orlando Shakespeare Festival’s PLAYFEST in November 2018; The Comfort Team, about military spouses, commissioned and produced at Virginia Stage and published by No Passport Press; The Blue-Sky Boys, a comedy about NASA's Apollo engineers, commissioned by the EST/ Sloan project and produced at the Barter Theatre and Capital Rep; and, Into the Fire, and Signs of Life, both published by Samuel French.   In 2018 No Passport Press published a volume of her comedies, which includes The Poetry of Pizza, a cross-cultural comedy about love and The Velvet Weapon, a backstage farce.  Deborah has received grants from the NEA, NYFA, Rockefeller Foundation, NJ State Council on the Arts, CEC Arts Link and others. She is an alumnus of New Dramatists, a member of the National Theatre Conference and ASCAP. She was one of the original company members with Perseverance Theatre in Alaska and a co-founder of Theatre Without Borders, dedicated to international theatre exchange. She is currently serving as an artistic mentor to the NBO Musical Theatre workshop in Nairobi, Kenya, with composer Fred Carl.