Deborah Mangrum-Price

SAG / AFTRA

Acting

“…virtue is triumphant only in theatrical performances.” W.S. Gilbert

It is engaging to polarize Good and Evil in a story. But even more intriguing if characters consist of a variety of ingredients. Those personalities are the most haunting. I have slipped into the skin of contrasting lives over the years from an assortment of backgrounds and styles.

I particularly enjoy period pieces as it allows for a type of time travel. As actors we can usher in a forgotten world through the lens of our experience in the here and now. In comedy, my style is highly physical.

Training: Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA), London, UK. (Full Conservatory Training)

Directing / Writing

In creating a world, everything is relative.

Directing and Coaching in small theater and film have provided me with a mix of experimentation, intimacy and surprising discoveries.

I have directed actors in New York and San Francisco. It’s always a matter of building a world that remains consistently relative to the style and period of the piece. Whether historical or contemporary, the text is key. If you can justify the action within the structure of the text, then you can make incredibly creative choices in the world of the play. The key is to keep it relative — that is unless you are improvising…

My style as a director is inventive, budget conscious, fun, and enhancing of an actor’s unique essence. As an actor works hard in the ensemble, I will support the actor with guidance, structure and tools. I believe in a positive experience during the rehearsal process.

If you would like to discuss hiring me to direct your play or performance piece, please contact me with your inquiry. I am also available for one on one coaching and public speakers.