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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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ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S: WE ARE IN A PLAY! JR. Is Now Available for Licensing

Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) has announced that Elephant & Piggie’s: “We Are in A Play!” JR. is now available for licensing.
JERSEY BOYS, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and More Set For ZACH Theatre's 2024-25 Season

ZACH Theatre has announced its 2024- 25 Season with five Mainstage and three Family Series productions along with Austin’s holiday  tradition A Christmas Carol as a season add on.  Learn more about the full lineup here!
The Coterie Reveals Lineup For 2024/25 Season

The Coterie Theatre has announced its 2024/2025 season lineup. Learn more here!
The Coterie Announces 2024/2025 Season Including CINDERELLA: A SALSA TALE This Fall

Discover the exciting lineup for The Coterie's 2024/2025 season, beginning with a co-produced world premiere with the American Royal in September 2025. Stay updated with BroadwayWorld for more details.
ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE'S 'WE ARE IN A PLAY!' Comes to The Growing Stage

The Growing Stage: The Children's Theatre of New Jersey will present the final main stage production of the 2023-2024 season, ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S “We Are In A Play!”
Westport Country Playhouse to Present DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS: THE MUSICAL

Westport Country Playhouse’s Family Festivities series will present “Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!,” See performance dates and learn how to purchase tickets.
SHE PERSISTED: THE MUSICAL Comes to Oregon Children's Theatre This Month

Oregon Children’s Theatre will present She Persisted: the Musical at the Newmark Theatre, April 28 through May 26, 2024.
Virginia Repertory Theatre Announces WAITRESS, FAT HAM, And More for 2024-2025 SEASON

Virginia Rep has announced the 2024-2025 Season: an exciting line-up of musicals, plays, and special presentations at all three locations, including the Signature Season at the November Theatre downtown, the Barksdale Season at Hanover Tavern, and the Family Season in the Jessie Bogese Theatre at the Virginia Rep Center for Arts and Education. Partner productions in the Theatre Gym and additional community partnerships will be announced at a later time. 

Mo Willems' dynamic duo Elephant & Piggie will go from the page to the stage starting on April 6, 2024, at Children's Theatre of Charlotte in the high-energy, vaudeville-style musical, “Elephant & Piggie's ‘We Are in a Play” 
Stages Theatre Announces 2024-2025 Season

Stages Theatre Company (STC) has announced their 2024-2025 season. It is 'A Mystical Season of Adventure' featuring a diverse blend of plays and musicals.
Photos: First Look At ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE'S 'WE ARE IN A PLAY!' At First Stage

First Stage has released first look photos of the return of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE’S “WE ARE IN PLAY!”, a rollicking musical adventure written by Mo Willems and based on his award-winning Elephant & Piggie children’s books.
ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S WE ARE IN A PLAY! Returns To First Stage This Month

First Stage has announced the return of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S “WE ARE IN PLAY!”, a rollicking musical adventure written by Mo Willems (Book and Lyrics) and based on his award-winning Elephant & Piggie children's books. Learn more about the production here!
ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S 'WE ARE IN A PLAY!' Returns To First Stage

First Stage announces the return of ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S 'WE ARE IN A PLAY!', a musical adventure based on Mo Willems' beloved children's books.
The 2024 National TYA/USA Award Recipients Revealed

 ​Theatre of Young Audiences/USA (​TYA/USA​)​, the national service organization connecting, cultivating, and advocating for the field of theatre for young audiences, will present the ​2024 National TYA/USA Awards​ in three categories. Learn more about the recipients here!
Mo Willems' Dynamic Duo, Elephant & Piggie, Come to Town at MET's Fun Company

Elephant and Piggie are coming to town at MET! Find out more about the upcoming show at Maryland Ensemble Theater here!
Bilingual CINDERELLA: A SALSA FAIRY TALE Coming To Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage, the metro DC region's largest professional theatre for young audiences and leader in positive youth development through the arts, continues its ‘Greatest Hits' season with writer/lyricist Karen Zacarías and composer Deborah Wicks La Puma's Cinderella: A Salsa Fairy Tale, running February 15 - April 7, 2024.
Theatre For Young Audiences/USA Announces 2024 TYA/USA NATIONAL FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE Hosted By AllIance Theatre

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 The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, will present the 2024 TYA/USA National Festival & Conference: POSSIBILITY on March 13-15, 2024.
Children's Theatre Of Charlotte's THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL Is Back For The Holidays

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is bringing back their most popular show, 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical,' for the holidays. Don't miss this festive production!
Interview: Christina Freeman in ELLA ENCHANTED at The Growing Stage in Netcong

We had the pleasure of interviewing Christina Freeman who plays Olive in 'Ella Enchanted.'  She informed us about about her career and the upcoming show at The Growing Stage.
ELLA ENCHANTED Arrives At The Growing Stage In December

The Growing Stage presents ELLA ENCHANTED, opening on December 1st. Don't miss this holiday production!


How many shows has Deborah Wicks La Puma written?

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

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