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BIOGRAPHY | Debra Ann Byrd

DEBRA ANN BYRD [Festival Founder & Producing Artistic Director] is the Founder of Take Wing And Soar Productions where she currently serves as Chief Executive and Producing Artistic Director.  Ms. Byrd has guided the company's growth from its birth in 1999 into a viable support organization serving women, youth, classical artists of color and theater arts groups throughout New York.  As an actor, producer, arts manager, and business leader she has received more than 20 awards and citations, was recently selected for inclusion in the 2012 Editions of Who’s Who In The World and Who’s Who of American Women; and is the recipient of the 2009 LPTW Lucille Lortel Award and the 2006 Josephine Abady Award for Excellence in “Producing works that foster diversity”.  This award winning theater arts professional received a BFA Degree in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College.  Debra Ann graduated from the 2001 NYSF Shakespeare Lab at The Public Theater, the 2005 Arts Leadership Institute, at Teacher’s College/Columbia University, and completed producer training with The Broadway League at the 2007 Commercial Theatre Institute.  

THE LEADERSHIP

DEBRA ANN BYRD

TAKE WING AND SOAR PRODUCTIONS

Festival Founder & Producing Artistic Director

 

www.takewingandsoar.org

[email protected]

Her credits as a producer include:

For Take Wing And Soar Productions:

OTHELLO: The Moor of Venice [2013]

CORIOLANUS: The African Warrior [2013]

ANTONY & CLEOPATRA [2013]

The Importance of Being Earnest [2013]

WAR OF THE ROSES [2013]

Lorey Hayes' POWER PLAY [2012]

MASSINISSA [2011]

SAVIOUR? [2011]

ANTONY & CLEOPATRA [2011]

PECONG [2010]

A Misdummer Night's Madness [2009]

Forgive Me? [2009]

King Lear [2009]

MEDEA [2008]

Hamlet [2007]

The Darker Face Of The Earth [2006]

CORIOLANUS: The African Warrior [2005]

Richard III [2003]

TWAS Classical Lab Reading Series

Take Wing And Soar Spirit Of Excellence Awards

 

For the National Black Theatre: HATTIE…What  Need You To Know!; Orunmila, Don’t Play That Song For Me, Black Man Rising, Dorothy Dandridge: Before, After and Now, Yesterday Came Too Soon: The Dorothy Dandridge Story, Yesterday’s, Serenade The World: The Music and Words of Oscar Brown Jr., and Marian Anderson: The Lady From Philadelphia

 

For 6-10 Productions: PERFECT PICTURE [ 2012-2014] ; Broadway Sings The Odd Potato: A Chanukah Musical [2007]

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