Deborah Spake earned her BA in Theater Arts at UCSC (Drama & Modern Dance). She has performed professionally for 15 years with musical theater productions at American Musical Theatre of San Jose, Broadway by the Bay, Marin’s Mountain Play, 42nd Street Moon, Contra Costa Musical Theater (Lesher Center for the Arts) and the Willows Theater Company. She received the Ginny Award 2003-2004 for Best Overall Performance at AMTSJ. Favorite roles include: Nancy (Oliver), Marion (Music Man), Puck (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Louise (Gypsy), Rizzo (Grease), Winnifred (Once Upon A Mattress), Anybodys (West Side Story), Lily St. Regis (Annie), Sour Kangaroo (Seussical) , Viola (Twelfth Night), Sister Amnesia (Nunsensations! Premiere) and twice as Maria (Sound of Music). She has toured the west coast with bands (folk rock/blue grass and hip-hop) and internationally with the youth musical production Peace Child (USA/USSR)
Deborah grew up in Marin performing with Marilyn Izdebski, Marin Theatre Co., Marin Opera and Marin Civic Light Opera. She has dance training in jazz, modern, swing, ballet and tap, Comedia del Arte and contact dance. She began vocal training at age 9 with Cathy Hudnall, performed with the SF Girl’s Chorus, Dominican University, school Jazz ensembles, and became a student of Frances Epson Devlin (ACT). Deborah received further dance training with Joe Goode Performance Group (SF), at ROCO with Annie Rosenthal, and at UCSC with Mel Wong and Stephen Pelton. She graduated intensives at the Summer Training Congress (A.C.T.) and AMTSJ’s Theater Artist Institute.
Deborah has taught, directed and choreographed throughout the SF Bay Area, at Stapleton Theatre Co., Ross Rec, Vector Theatre Conservatory, MTC, with the Still Moving Dance Collective, ROCO Dance Co. and Eclypse Dance Theater and for the College of Marin. Upon migrating to NYC she joined the actor’s equity union in 2008. She returned to the Bay Area to attend graduate school, completing a Master’s Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from CIIS. In 2011 the role of a lifetime fell into her lap as a new Mother. Aside from assisting in her five year old daughter’s creative endeavors – she currently enjoys working in community mental health at an integrative health center, working with individuals, couples, families and children.