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Deborah Brevoort

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Deborah Brevoort is the author of numerous plays, musicals and operas. She is best known for The Women of Lockerbie, which is produced internationally after winning the silver medal in the Onassis International playwriting competition. Published by Dramatists Play Service and No Passport Press it has been translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe Award for King Island Christmas, an oratorio written with composer David Friedman based on the 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 musical written with GMTWP alum Stephanie Salzman, was presented in the inaugural ASCAP New Musical Theatre Festival at the Lied Center and is currently in development. Deborah is a resident artist with the American Lyric Theater in NYC where she was commissioned to write Embedded, a one-act opera inspired by Edgar Allan Poe with composer Patrick Soluri. Embedded won the Frontiers competition at Ft. Worth Opera and was produced there in 2016 after premiering at Fargo Moorhead Opera. She also wrote the libretto for Steal a Pencil for Me, a full-length opera based on the book of the same title, with composer Gerald Cohen, which won the 2016 Frontiers competition and will premiere at Opera Colorado in January 2018. She was a finalist for the 2018 Pellicciotti Prize in Opera Composition for Albert Nobbs with composer Patrick Soluri. She also wrote new librettos for Die Fledermaus and Mozart’s The Impresario, for the Anchorage Opera, where they were produced in 2014 and 2015. Other musical works include: Blue Moon Over Memphis, a Noh Drama about Elvis Presley (published by Applause Books in The Best American Short Plays) which is touring internationally in a production by Theatre Nohgaku, with traditional Noh instrumentations; and, the book and lyrics for Goodbye My Island, with music by David Friedman, based on the Alaskan children’s book. Her plays include: My Lord What a Night, about Marian Anderson and Albert Einstein; 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 & Capital Rep; and, Into the Fire, and Signs of Life, both published by Samuel French. This summer No Passport Press published a volume of her comedies, which includes The Poetry of Pizza, a cross-cultural comedy about love produced by Purple Rose Theatre, Mixed Blood, Virginia Stage, Theatre in the Square, Cal Rep and others and The Velvet Weapon, a backstage farce written with a CEC Arts Link grant. Deborah has received grants from the NEA, NYFA, Rockefeller Foundation, NJ State Council on the Arts and others. Deborah 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.