As well as being an acclaimed performer, Debs is a skilled director, dramaturg and facilitator, and she provides a range of training and other creative services. Use the contact form if you would like to get her involved in your project or event.
Debs is an inspirational director with a keen dramaturgical eye and enjoys bringing her years of training and experience in performance and story construction to productions large and small. Among others she has directed a large scale outdoor series of adaptations of Andersen stories for the Rose Theatre Kingston, two seasons of solo Shakespeare performances for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare’s Globe, and was assistant director on a full text production of The Merry Wives of Windsor for the main Globe playhouse. Most recently she has been director and dramaturg on ‘FERAL’, made with the artist Sonya Moorhead multi-instrumentalists The Greyhounds.
Debs is a writer, deviser and playwright who can write bespoke pieces for certain events, be they stand alone works such as those she has created for the Hay Festival, or pieces that form part of other performances, such as her work on Concert for Winter at Shakespeare’s Globe and Must Come Down at Cecil Sharp House. She recently wrote and performed ‘I Cannot Sleep’, a podcast commission for the Tower f London and Historic Royal Palaces and is a Fuse Playwright, mentored by West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Debs has a wealth of experience in training groups and individuals in the use of creative and performance techniques. She has trained storytellers, actors, musicians, academics and business people in all sorts of venues, from the Royal Opera House to an academic conference on Gender and Medieval Studies. Her experience spans professional theatre, academia, vocational training and CPD, and she is skilled at teaching age ranges from adults right down to early years. She can provide anything from one hour sessions to a week long course. Debs has a number of ready-to-go sessions that have always received exuberant feedback from participants, or she can develop bespoke training for your needs.
Debs is a Shakespeare enthusiast and specialist, with a deep knowledge and passion for his plays. All of the above services can be provided either directly focused on Shakespeare or incorporating Shakespearean elements. Debs has spent many years as a core member of the education team at Shakespeare’s Globe. To date she has adapted 3 of his plays as solo storytelling pieces which she has performed to great acclaim both in the UK and internationally. She runs the storytelling training for actors at Shakespeare’s Globe, directing numerous storytelling versions of the plays for families, and devised and performed in a 2 handed play based upon the character of Gertrude from Hamlet. In 2016 she was made a Globe Education Consultant, an associate position with particular responsibility for overseeing the performance storytelling element of Globe Education’s output.