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Deborah Wicks La Puma

Birth Place: San Diego, CA

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A composer, music director and orchestrator, Deborah Wicks La Puma is one of the most produced Theatre for Young Audiences artists working today. Her many and diverse works with playwright Karen Zacarías include "Ella Enchanted" (based on the book by Gail Carson Levine), "Olivério: A Brazilian Twist" (The Kennedy Center), "Frida Libre" (La Jolla Playhouse), "Chasing George Washington: A White House Adventure" (The Kennedy Center), "Looking for Roberto Clemente" (Imagination Stage) and "Einstein Is a Dummy" (The Alliance Theatre). With bestselling children's author Mo Willems she has created "Elephant and Piggie’s: We Are In A Play" (The Kennedy Center), and "Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience" (Seattle Children’s Theatre). With playwright Doug Cooney, La Puma created "Nobody's Perfect" (based on the book by Marlee Matlin), a bilingual musical in English and American Sign Language, commissioned by Very Special Arts and the Kennedy Center. Upcoming 2019 premieres include "She Persisted" (based on the book by Chelsea Clinton) with Adam Tobin at Bay Area Children’s Theatre, and "Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus: The Musical" with Mo Willems at the Kennedy Center. Her adult works include the lyric opera "Dakota Sky" and the Mexican folk musical "Perdita" (based on Shakespeare's Winter's Tale) with Kathleen Cahill; and Cornerstone Theater Company's "Making Paradise: The West Hollywood Musical". Recent music directing credits include "Destiny of Desire" (dir: José Luis Valenzuela) at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and "A Christmas Carol" (dir: Lauren Keating) at The Guthrie Theatre. She received her MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and her bachelor's degree from Stanford University, and she studied folk music with ethnomusicologist Alfredo López Mondragón. Her honors include the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, an NEA New American Works Grant, two Parents' Choice Awards, and a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical Adaptation. A proud Mexican-American and "Navy brat" who grew up in Brazil, Portugal and California, La Puma is a member of TYA USA/ASSITEJ, ASCAP and The Dramatists Guild. Mother to three daughters and Mimi the Cat, La Puma lives in Southern California with her PR Agent and loving husband, Chris.

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Gretna Theatre to Present Family Series This Summer

Gretna Theatre will present four Family Series productions this summer at Mt. Gretna Playhouse. Each event is at 11:00 am on a summer Saturday morning, and sure to be fun for the whole family! Three of four performances will feature the 2023 Acting Apprentice Class, including Kayla Bassoff, Gerson Malave, Cassie Molloy, Tyler Shadle, Jeremiah Rosado, and Olivia Whitner.

Two World Premieres & More Set for First Stage 2023/24 Season

First Stage will present nine exciting, entertaining and inspiring productions in two different performance spaces for its 2023/24 season.

DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS and THE GATHERING Come to Charlotte

Both the McColl Family Theatre and Wells Fargo Playhouse will have shows this weekend at Children's Theatre of Charlotte at ImaginOn. 

Julia Riew's Korean Folktale Musical DIVE to be Developed at American Repertory Theater

American Repertory Theater will develop Julia Riew’s musical Dive, previously known as Shimcheong: A Folktale. See the creative team, and more.

Interview: Choreographer, Cari Sanchez of DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS at The Growing Stage

Broadwayworld had the pleasure of interviewing choreographer, Cari Sanchez about her career and choreographing Don’t Let the pigeon Drive the Bus at The Growing Stage.

Storybook Theatre Presents ELLA ENCHANTED This Month

StoryBook Theatre will host the Canadian premiere of Ella Enchanted. From April 7 - 22, 2023 on Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7pm and Saturdays & Sundays at 2pm, audiences will be welcomed to experience a show filled with love, community, self-love, identity and understanding.

RENT And More Announced For Fine Arts Center 2023"2024 Theatre Season

The Fine Arts Center Theatre Company has announced its lineup for the 2023–2024 performing arts season.

Main Street Theater to Present MISS NELSON IS MISSING and More Spring Break Activities for Families

Main Street Theater will have 4 different Spring Break offerings for children and families.

The Judy Kafoury Center For Youth Arts Set To Open This Spring

Northwest Children's Theater (NWCT) is moving to Broadway! The Judy Kafoury Center for Youth Arts, lovingly called The Judy,  is located at 1000 Broadway in downtown Portland, across the street from the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. The Judy will welcome families back to the heart of our city, expand NWCT's mission, and guarantee a magical, inviting space for every child to grow, dream, and develop essential life skills.

The Young People's Theatre of Chicago Presents the World Premiere of DORY FANTASMAGORY

Following a sold-out run of Mo Willems' Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, the Young People's Theatre of Chicago's inaugural 3-Play 2022-23 season concludes this May with the world premiere stage adaptation of Abby Hanlon's popular early-reader book, Dory Fantasmagory.

Review: SPELLS OF THE SEA at Metro Theater Company

'Spells of the Sea' shows polished professionalism. The marvelous Metro Theater Company has launched it's 50th season of fine theater for children. They open with a world premiere of a musical play, Spells of the Sea, by Guinevere Govea (with contributions by Anna Pickett). It's playing at the Grandel Theater.

Theatre for Youth USA Brings Major Conference & Festival To Tempe

Theatre for Young Audiences USA (TYA/USA), the national organization that provides advocacy and resources to the field of Theatre for Young Audiences, in collaboration with Childsplay in Tempe, Arizona, will present the 2023 TYA/USA National Festival & Conference: AMPLIFY on May 9-12, 2023.

Theatre for Young Audiences USA Presents the 2023 TYA/USA National Festival & Conference: AMPLIFY in May

Theatre for Young Audiences USA (TYA/USA), the national organization that provides advocacy and resources to the field of Theatre for Young Audiences, in collaboration with Childsplay in Tempe, Arizona, will present the 2023 TYA/USA National Festival & Conference: AMPLIFY on May 9-12, 2023.

Young People's Theatre Of Chicago's DON'T LET THE PIGEON RIDE THE BUS Adds Performances

The Young People's Theatre of Chicago has announced three additional performances of Mo Willems' high-spirited and hilarious new TYA musical, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.

Imagination Stage Premieres THE HULA-HOOPIN' QUEEN

Imagination Stage, the metro DC region's largest professional theatre for children, debuts its latest new play commission, The Hula-Hoopin' Queen, adapted for the stage by Gloria Bond Clunie from the book by Thelma Lynne Godin, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Angelisa Gillyard directs.

World Premiere Musical SPELLS OF THE SEA to be Presented at Metro Theater Company in February

St. Louis' Metro Theater Company will continue its 2022/23 50th Anniversary Season with the world premiere musical, SPELLS OF THE SEA, live at the Grandel Theatre February 5 - March 5 and virtual streaming February 16 - March 5.

Imagination Stage Hosts Holiday Week Family Fun to Close Out 2022

Imagination Stage, the metro DC region's largest professional theatre for children, continues the run of its hit rock musical Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: the Rock Experience during the winter holiday week, with many matinees from December 26-December 31.

Young People's Theatre Of Chicago to Present Chicago Premiere Of DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!

The Young People's Theatre of Chicago's inaugural 3-Play 2022-23 season will continue with the Chicago premiere of Mo Willems' high-spirited and hilarious Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Julia Riew to Receive 18th Annual Fred Ebb Award

The Fred Ebb Foundation in association with the Roundabout Theatre Company will present the eighteenth annual Fred Ebb Award for aspiring musical theatre songwriters to Julia Riew.

Imagination Stage to Present New Mo Willems Musical for the Holidays

Imagination Stage, the metro DC region's largest professional theatre for children, will welcome audiences celebrating Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Christmas, and New Years to the omni-festive musical Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: the Rock Experience, based on Mo Willems' best-selling 2009 picture book Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed. The show runs November 16 - January 8 and is best for ages 4+.

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Deborah Wicks La Puma has written 1 shows including She Persisted, The Musical (Composer).

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