Debra Clinton (Book/Lyrics) is a native New Yorker who transplanted to Richmond, Virginia to marry, raise a family, and have a theater career. After being associated with the School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC) for over 20 years, she now is a freelance director, actor and playwright. Deb is now in her twelfth year as the artistic director of the Weinstein JCC Jewish Family Theatre as well. Recent directorial credits include Miracle on South Division Street, 1776 and The Whipping Man (Virginia Repertory Theatre), Heathers and Bad Jews (TheatreLAB), Man of La Mancha(Dogwood Dell Festival of the Arts), and Croaker (Regional Professional Premiere at Virginia Repertory Theatre), which she penned with her writing partner, composer Jason Marks. Acting credits include roles with Virginia Repertory Theatre, Swift Creek Mill Playhouse, and TheatreVirginia. Deb was honored with a Best Actress in a Supporting Role nomination (Richmond Theater Critic's Circle, RTCC) for her work with Richmond Shakespeare Company in The Winter's Tale, and is also the 2013 recipient of the Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts (Theater) from Richmond Magazine. She is currently the drama teacher at Hanover High School in Hanover County, VA, and also serves as a resident faculty member for the TRAIN program with Cadence Theatre Company.