Debbie Devine has been an award-winning theatre director and a respected leader in the field of arts education for over three decades. She has been the Chair of the Drama Dept. of The Colburn School of Performing arts for over 30 years. She is also a theatrical director with the LA Philharmonic and is thrilled to have directed pieces in the gorgeous spaces that are Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Debbie is the co-founder and Artistic Director of L.A.’s 24th Street Theatre, which has created award-winning professional theatre and model arts education programs for thousands of students and teachers since 1997. Debbie’s work with musicians has been a big part of her growing resume. Her Presentational Speaking Skills class has been utilized by The LA Philharmonic, The Seattle Symphony, The Pacific Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Hollywood Bowl and numerous individual artists.
Her emphasis is on personal connection to the audience, and the power of the voice as an instrument of communication, which includes vocal health and the regimen and strategies that are important to a successful performer.
Debbie’s work as an actor has earned her three Drama-Logue Critics’ Awards, a Robby Award, an L.A. Weekly Award, LA Parent Magazine’s Best Westside Children’s Theatre Award, and the Women In Theatre Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Los Angeles Theatre. She recently earned LA County Arts Commission’s Professional Designation in Arts Education, and is the recipient of the USC Rossier School of Education’s Innovation and Leadership Award, and won LA’s County Music Center’s 2001 Bravo Special Mention for her work in Arts Education. She is also the proud recipient of the 2011 Inspiring Women Award, presented by the LA Sparks and Farmers Insurance. Most recently Debbie was awarded the 2013 LA Weekly Award for Best Direction, for 24th STreet's Theatre for Young Audiences piece, Walking the Tightrope, which toured nationally in the 2014-2015 season, concluding at the Kirk Douglas Theatre last May.