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Deborah Wicks La Puma

Deborah Wicks La Puma is a composer, music director and orchestrator. Her adult works include the lyric opera, Dakota Sky; the musical comedy, One Bad Apple; the pet-centric cabaret show, PetPourri; a Mexican folk musical entitled Perdita, based on Shakespeare's Winter's Tale; and Cornerstone Theater Company's Making Paradise: The West Hollywood Musical. Her many and diverse works for young audiences with playwright Karen Zacarías include Frida Libre (premiered at La Jolla Playhouse), Ferdinand the Bull (based on the book by Munro Leaf), Chasing George Washington: A White House Adventure (premiered at the Kennedy Center), Looking for Roberto Clemente (premiered at Imagination Stage) and Einstein Is a Dummy (premiered at the Alliance 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. 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, a National Endowment for the Arts New American Works Grant, two Parents' Choice Awards, an LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award nomination for best original score and two Helen Hayes Award nominations for Outstanding New Play. As a Mexican-American with dual citizenship who speaks Spanish and Portuguese, La Puma is a member of the board of directors of TYA USA/ASSITEJ. She is also a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and The Dramatists Guild. La Puma lives in Southern California with her husband, daughters and Mimi the cat.

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