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Deborah Brevoort

North Bergen, NJ      

Deborah Brevoort is the author of numerous plays, musicals and operas. She is best known for The Women of Lockerbie, which is currently being produced all over the US and internationally after winning the Kennedy Center Fund for New American plays award and the silver medal in the Onassis International playwriting competition. It is published by Dramatists Play Service and is translated into seven languages. She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe Award for Musical Theatre,  for King Island Christmas, an oratorio written with composer David Friedman based on the children’s book of the same title, and Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing, with Scott Richards. King Island Christmas was recorded in a CD by Thomas Z. Shepard, and has been produced in theatres all over the US and Canada. Crossing Over, her Amish hip-hop musical written with Stephanie Salzman, was presented in the inaugural ASCAP New Musical Theatre Festival at the Lied Center in 2013. 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 stories with composer Patrick Soluri. Embedded won the Frontiers competition at Ft. Worth Opera in 2013 and will premiere at the Fargo Moorhead Opera in 2014. She wrote the libretto for Steal a Pencil for Me, a full-length opera with composer Gerald Cohen, which received two concert stagings in NYC in 2013. She wrote a new adaptation of Die Fledermaus for the Anchorage Opera, who will produce it in 2014. 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 will be produced by Theatre Nohgaku in 2014 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 non-musical works include: The Comfort Team, a new play about military families, which premiered in 2012 at Virginia Stage; The Poetry of Pizza, a cross-cultural comedy about love produced by Purple Rose Theatre, Mixed Blood, Virginia Stage, Theatre Cal Rep and others; The Blue-Sky Boys, about the intersection of creativity and science, commissioned by the EST/ Sloan project and produced at the Barter Theatre; The Velvet Weapon, a backstage farce inspired by the Velvet Revolution written with a CEC Arts Link grant; and, Into the Fire, and Signs of Life, both published by Samuel French. She has been commissioned by Virginia Stage to write Homespun, a new play about Martha Washington, for which she received a performing artist’s fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society in 2012. She has received grants from the NEA, NYFA, Rockefeller Foundation, CEC Arts Link and others. Deborah is an alumnus of New Dramatists. 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 a participating artist with America-in-Play (AIP). The Time Traveler’s Trip to Niagara Falls, which Deborah co-wrote with five other playwrights through AIP, will be produced at the Hudson Theatre Guild in NYC in 2014.