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Deborah Magid's career has spanned most areas of theatrical experience. She has sung and acted on Broadway, with The Santa Fe Opera, and in venues worldwide; her direction credits include new works, musicals, operas, and comedies; and The Sommersault Company, which she founded in 1971, has produced mostly chamber operas and musicals. She began playwrighting in 2008, and in 2009, her short play "The Wedding Night" was a Heideman Award finalist and won the 6 Women Playwriting Festival. Her plays, musicals, and opera have won grants, readings, and workshop productions. Recently she performed her "Descent of a Diva," a one-person/14 character play with music, at the 2010 Melbourne Fringe Festival. At Cleveland Play House, she served as Assistant Director of "The 39 Steps," "Emma," and "Pride and Prejudice," and played Janet in "US v Howard Mechanic" and Wiliamina Flemming in "Silent Sky." She has composed and arranged music for various theatrical events. COWBOY POET, her C&W musical, appeared in the 2011 Cleveland Public Theatre Big[BOX] series of new works, and will be produced in May 2012 at Los Alamos Little Theatre. Deborah holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Melbourne, and is a member of the Cleveland Play House Playwrights' Unit, College Music Society, BMI, American Composers Forum, Dobama Playwrights Gym, and the Dramatists Guild.

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Cleveland-born Deborah Magid began her career performing musical theater at Cain Park, and went on to other venues with theater, opera, and art songs: Broadway credits include Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King & I (Yul Brynner) and Lerner & Loewe’s Camelot (Richard Burton). She has also spent portions of her working life as producer/AD, director, and musical director, and earned her Master’s of Music degree from the University of Melbourne (AU) in 2005. Although only recently come to playwrighting and composing, her musicals, rock and chamber operas, and short and long plays have garnered awards, grants, workshops, and productions nationwide. Deborah founded SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day-CLE, a local celebration of that international holiday; has served on the Board of Directors of the International Centre for Women Playwrights; served on the Cleveland Liaison and National Media committees of Actors Equity Association before becoming a FiCore affiliate of that union; and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. Perhaps her favorite achievement, however, is the solo show she wrote and performed for Cleveland Public Theatre’s Pandemonium 2012, Richard Wagner’s Entire Ring Cycle in Ten Minutes with Sock Puppets.

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