Debbie Lamedman Playwright/Teaching Artist/Director

About Debbie
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About Debbie

Debbie is a playwright, author and editor of eight acting books published by Smith & Kraus, Inc.  Debbie's produced plays include phat girls, Triangle Logic, Eating in the Dark, Just Add Love, and Out with the Old. Debbie is the co-bookwriter for the musical How the Nurse Feels, which had staged readings at both the ASCAP/Disney workshop in Los Angeles, and New World Stages in New York City. Debbie's short play Mind Control was produced as part of the 35th Annual Samuel French Off-Broadway Short Play Festival in New York City.

Debbie's commissioned work includes Ignorance is Bliss: a Global Warning, and Everyday People, a play on anti-bullying which premiered in April 2011 to nearly 5,000 audience members. Additional commissions include Rx, a play that deals with prescription drug abuse among teens, You Belong to Me, a piece about dating violence, and Snowflakes, a theatrical documentary exploring Autism.  Her most recent play, Drowining in Quicksand, focuses on the struggle for teens with depression, anxiety, and self-harm.  It premiered in April 2017.

 In addition to her writing, Debbie is an adjunct theatre instructor at Pacific University in Forest Grove, OR.  She also teaches acting classes at the Portland Actors Conservatory in Portland, OR. Debbie is a frequent guest teaching artist and has taught master classes in playwrighting and monologue workshops around the country.  Debbie received her MFA in theatre from Brandeis University and is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild and Actors' Equity Association.

Upcoming Classes & Events

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30pm-9:30pm
March 1, 2018 through March 27, 2018
Classes will be held at Artists Repertory Theatre 
This course is for writers, actors/performers, and storytellers who wish to create (or are currently creating) their own one-person show.
Whether you are writing a solo show based on personal experience, a historical figure, or a gallery of characters surrounding a central theme,
this course will give you the tools to construct a show that utilizes all your talents. 

For registration, scholarship or additional information
call 503-274-1717 or register online here.  

World Premiere of 
 Drowning in Quicksand
Memorial Auditorium
 Pittsburg, Kansas
April 19th-21st, 2017
 Testimonials from Audience Members about Drowning in Quicksand

"I'm continually in awe of what young people can produce and achieve.  I am so proud of the courage and bravery this cast and playwright, Debbie Lamedman, showed tonight in bringing to life such an important topic in such an emotional way."
"It's something everyone who knows a teenager should see and every teenager should see. Thank you for a powerful and thought-provoking night."
"It was indeed a magnificent production.  It should be seen by all!"
"Thank you to playwright Debbie Lamedman, for her thoughtful work and her continued colloboration with our school."