Debra De Liso 

DEBRA DE LISO ~ actor, dancer, director, choreographer, playwright, and teacher has directed over 500 original One-Person Plays at AADA, USC and professionally. Debra taught theatre workshops and transformed lives in prisons, for artists with disabilities, and girls with Turner Syndrome. Debra won the 2014 Rainbow Award from the LA Women’s Theatre Festival for her decades of work bringing theatre to multi-cultural and diverse communities.


Debra’s directing includes ~ The Most Mediocre Story Ever Told- Best Solo Play ~ LA Weekly Awards and United Solo Festival Best Script winner Hal Ackerman’s solo play Prick.  She has directed several plays featured in the Los Angeles Woman’s Theatre Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Debra created the hit play Cock Tales, celebrating a 10-month run in Hollywood. She directed Eve Ensler’s play Necessary Targets documenting women in a Bosnian refugee camp. The talented international cast raised funds for FEMINA, the first feministic magazine in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Debra’s acting roles range from playing Agnes in Agnes of God, and Lily in Song of Extinction (U.K. Premiere) at the Edinburgh Festival, Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire, co-starred in The Einstein Plan with James Cromwell, and in the World Premiere of Donald Freed’s 1951- 2006 playing an Irish-American teacher who aged from 31 to 86.


Debra served as the Artistic Director of SAIPRO, whose mission is “Serving Artists in Process.” Debra produced and directed the critically acclaimed plays I’m Dop3 with burn survivor Afia Fields, and Rochelle Duffy’s Prison Is Where I Learned To Fly.  


She has written and performed three of her own solo performance pieces, The Nurse June Show, about her disabled but endearing mother, Isadora’s Dream playing Isadora Duncan, and Beautiful, Terrifying, Love sharing the journey of parenting her exceptional, talented and challenged daughter.


She is honored to continue to teach her dedicated students at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (since 1997,) and at USC (since 2002.) Debra also teaches Improv and Solo Performance for professionals and new students alike who are interested in her compassionate philosophy regarding the art of acting.

© 2016 by Debra De Liso