Deborah Louise Ortiz
Deborah started her career as a dancer for The New York Guys and Dolls. She studied acting for years and has performed in many wonderful productions such as Shophell, The Ortiz of Mott Haven, The Midnight Zone and The Gangster Diaries, just to name a few. While Deborah has extensive film and theatre credits as a performer, it is in writing that she has found her true passion. Deborah’s play Dirty Laundry received wonderful reviews in Backstage and several online reviews. She has also written Love in New York, How Do You Know? Which was co-written with Carlos Serrano and performed at The Symphony Space in New York City. One of Deborah’s proudest achievements is Changing Violet, her one woman piece. Deborah has been busy working on her first musical PYE. Deborah is a partner in Dangerous Curves Productions. The company is dedicated to helping women find their voices in theatre.
To contact: Deborahlouise11@aol.com
*Deborah is a member of The Dramatists Guild of America,Inc.
*Deborah is a member of TRU ( Theatre Resources Unlimited )
Terri is an actor, poet, teacher, director, and social worker. She is the writer and performer of the one-woman show Anatomy of a Doll, which she performed at the Abingdon Theatre, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, 14th Street Y, 63rd Street Y, Producer’s Club, Theatre for the New City, Cornelia Street Café, and St. Clement’s Theatre, all in New York City. Terri has also performed Anatomy of a Doll for the past eight years at numerous conferences and universities throughout New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, and California, and at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2003. The show received grants from NYFA and Poets and Writers for its initial performances and also received The Daily News’ "Best Theatre-Pick of the Week". She was the co-producer and host of the monthly poetry series Poetry at the Pulse for two years. She also has read her poetry throughout NYC, at the 14th Street Y, Blue Stockings, Makor Theatre, and Cornelia Street Café. She has taught the workshop "Youth Development through the Written Arts," which addresses the therapeutic uses of writing when working with teens, at many schools and conferences including Rutgers University’s Social Work Continuing Education Program. Terri’s numerous stage credits include Masha in The Seagull, Donna in The Taffetas (Regionally in VT, NJ, NY, and abroad in Ireland’s West End), and Helena in Midsummer Night’s Dream. She has directed numerous plays including Athena Reich’s rock opera Athena Under Attack, Lisa Ramirez’s one woman show Exit Cuckoo, Lisa Danser’s A Missing Peace, Deborah Ortiz’s Changing Violet, and Veronica Golos’ performance of A Bell Buried Deep, from her award-winning book of the same title. Terri teaches theatre, dance, and playwriting to children and adolescents with TADA! and is a private acting coach for adults. She has also been a sound designer for numerous productions and is a certified self-defense instructor with the company Prepare. As a licensed social worker with an LMSW, she specializes in group work and addiction and abuse counseling. But her absolutely favorite job is being mommy to her beautiful son, Rainer and wife to her amazing husband, Matt. To contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Terri is a member of AEA (Actors' Equity Association).
Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Arkansas, and now resides in New York City. Her recent stage credits include: Titania in A Midsummer Nights Dream, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, and Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew with The New England Shakespeare Festival, Mary Wollstonecraft in Hyena in Petticoats with the Xoregos Performing Company, Isabella in Measure for Measure with the Shenandoah Shakespeare Company National Tour, and Esme in the staged reading of Trojan Barbie with Resonance Ensemble. For more information, please go to elizabethruelas.com. Elizabeth also sends special thanks and love to her beautiful mother, Janice.