Deborah Kym

Acting Technique

Deborah Kym has directed/written/produced/performed in over 150 productions from film to Broadway, since the age of ten. After earning her BA in Music, Theatre and Film Directing, she went on to graduate from the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting three–year program, while simultaneously performing under Stella’s direction in her master classes for the last seven years of Stella’s life. She also studied the David Craig Musical Theater Technique with David Craig, whose work was inspired by Stella’s teachings. After receiving her Graduate Certificate from the Gray-Atelier Film Directing Institute and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, she trained in the Viola Spolin Improvisation Technique and performed with George Carlin and the Viola Spolin Players. In 1988, she received a Golden Globe Award for the “Most promising newcomer to the industry” after portraying the role of Jane Pauley in the Cannes Film Festival Award Winner The Patty Hearst Story. She was cast in the role of Catherine in the production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night with Joanne Linville, Brion James, Thor Edgell and Mark Ruffalo, which opened the Stella Adler Theatre. Deborah became the youngest teacher requested by Stella to teach the full program at the Stella Adler Conservatory in Los Angeles, and then created four of her own classes to help theatre actors segue into the film and television industry including Audition and Directing Technique. She founded and directed the first theatre company featuring physically- disabled actors to work alongside professional able-bodied actors. This award winning “The Company” opened up the first doors for physically disabled professional actors to be given equal opportunity for work in the industry. She was then asked to create the first film repertory company for Paramount Studios. Hundreds of her students and contemporaries have gone on to create a notable career in the film/TV and theater industries. Her unique acting technique, as inspired by Stella Adler’s Script Interpretation Method (for which Stella won five Honorary Doctorates), led to the opening of her own studio, where she has taught since 1994. Her soon-to–be released book is a tribute to her work with Stella, who was her friend and mentor. Deborah has since become a talent manager. Other than her eldest daughter, who received her Equity card at four years old, her youngest client/student is Milly Shapiro, cast as Matilda in Broadway’s original cast of Matilda, which garnered an Honorary Tony Award and a Grammy Nomination after learning this technique at the age of 9. Deborah’s student/client list represents several shows currently performing on Broadway and many star in Film and TV. She feels honored to have the opportunity to return to the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and introduce the new generation of actors to this powerful, life–changing technique.

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