- Deborah Wicks La Puma
Deborah Wicks La Puma
A composer, music director and orchestrator, Deborah Wicks La Puma is one of the most-produced Theatre for Young Audiences artists working today. As a music director and orchestrator, she has worked with major regional theatre companies across the country, including the Guthrie Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse and the Kennedy Center. She received her M.F.A. from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, her bachelor's degree from Stanford University and studied folk music with ethnomusicologist Alfredo López Mondragón. Her honors include an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Musical, 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, 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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