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Deborah S. Craig

Drama Desk Award Winner

To schedule a class with Deborah please contact Executive Director Joy Lober Anderson at

Deborah is best known for originating the role of Marcy Park on Broadway in William Finn's Tony award winning musical, "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", dir. by James Lapine. Based on her own over achieving childhood, it earned her critical acclaim, a Drama Desk Award and the distinction of creating the first Korean American character on Broadway.  


Recent television includes guest starring on "Awkwafina is Nora From Queens” for Comedy Centra/ HBO Max and as a series regular on the multi cam pilot “The Emperor of Malibu” from acclaimed author Kevin Kwan, David Sangalli, Warner Brothers and CBS starring opposite Dr. Ken Jeong. Miss Craig has had notable recurring roles on NBC's “The Blacklist” (opposite James Spader) ,  Amazon's Golden Globe Winning Series “Transparent”,   CW's “Hart of Dixie” and the  JJ Abrams/ABC show “Six Degrees”.  She guest starred on Queerty nominated “Platonic” from writer/director Erin C. Buckley,  “Better Things” (FX), “Workaholics” (Comedy Central), “Bull” (CBS), “Instinct” (CBS Dir. Johnny Lee Miller) , “Elementary” (CBS), “Son of Zorn” (Fox), “Almost there”  (Direct TV) and “Dog With a Blog” (Disney).  


On the big screen Deborah was featured in the recent release  "A Nice Girl Like You" (starring Lucy Hale), "Poor Greg Drowning" (with Cedric the Entertainer), Fullscreen's "The Outfield" (with Cameron Dallas, Nash Grier, Joey Bragg),  Dreamworks comedy "Ghost Town" (with Ricky Gervais), indie farce "Bad Actress", "Just Wright" (with Queen Latifah), "Hysterical Psycho" (written and dir. by Dan Fogler) and "Big Daddy" starring Adam Sandler.


As an writer/director/producer/comedian, Craig's original work has been featured on the homepage of FunnyorDie, Huffpo, Buzzfeed, TheBlush and ChannelApa. She has guest starred on the web series "Stupid Hype" for the CW Network (written by Hart of Dixie's Wilson Bethel and dir. by Dugan O'Neal), "Unicorn Plan-It" for, "Honest Andy" for SoNatural and on FunnyorDie exclusives "Call Me Doctor" and "Ryan Gosling's Acting Ranch".


A sought after talent for her versatility, Craig has workshopped Tony Kushner's "The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide..." for The Public Theatre (dir. Michael Greif) and original work for Center Theatre Group Writers' Workshop Retreat, Oregon Shakespeare Fest, New York Theatre Workshop, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Civilians, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, Chalk Rep, Barrington Stage Co., Red Bull Theatre Co., Target Margin Theatre Co., Ma-Yi Theatre Co., Soho Rep, The Lark, NAATCO, New Dramatists, The Blank and Project 400.  She is a member of IAMA Theatre in LA. 


A singer, songwriter Craig's original songs have been licensed for the feature films "Baby Steps" "Reading by Braille" and "Purity".  She has also been a featured vocalist at Lincoln Center, concerts for BC/EFA, Rockwell/ShowatBarre, new work by Adam Gwon, Thomson and Mann, John Bucchino, Kinosian and Blair and Musical Mondays in LA and NY. Additionally, Miss Craig was the first actor/writer accepted into the Obie winning Ma-Yi Theatre Co. Writers Lab, the largest resident company of Asian-American playwrights ever assembled.


Deborah has taught master classes in vocal performance at UCIrvine and  American Stage and improv workshops at Cornell University.  


Deborah has studied extensively with master voice teacher Joan Lader and trained for all genres of television with Lesly Kahn. Bob Krakower, Hank Berrings, Michael Howard Studios and UCB .  


Additionally she is a certified yoga instructor, classically trained pianist, amateur chef and proud Korean american adoptee.


As a coach I want to teach you everything I know about breaking down a script or a song, understanding genre, the audition process and how to bring your entire artistic self to your process and your role.  Every coaching session I teach you new tools so that eventually you won't need me at all. You'll have all of the tools yourself.  Let's grow together!

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