A native Londoner, Deborah Eckman trained as an actress and singer and has been a member of Theatre of Eternal Values (TEV) since its very beginning in 1996. She played Louison, the youngest daughter of Argan, in their first production of Molière‘s The Imaginary Invalid, which toured extensively throughout Europe, in India, and also at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Between 1996 – 2002, she studied East Indian Classical Vocal, firstly at the Late P K Salve Academy of Fine Arts & Music in Nagpur, India and then with Shweta Jhaveri in Berkeley, CA and Vancouver, BC fusing her original background of jazz/pop with Indian rhythms and phrasing. During this period, she also continued acting, especially in Vancouver, BC where she appeared in a number of productions including Noel Coward’s Relative Values and a new musical, DREGS.
In 2007, she appeared as Satan in TEV’s production of William Blake’s Divine Humanity and composed a new tune for Blake’s most famous poem, ‘Jerusalem’ which featured in both that production and the touring version, Eternity in an Hour as well as in TEV Austria’s production of Mahabharata. Since 2014, Deborah has been performing in TEV’s Shakespeare’s Women portraying the role of Joan of Arc and also Bottom from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. As a voiceover artist, she has provided narration for films, adverts and several audiobooks and most recently for the London charity, OneBillion.org narrating over 80 stories for their software app to teach English in developing countries.
When not in actor mode, Deborah has been writing and recording her own compositions for over twenty years and frequently plays live, wherever she happens to be in the world. She has also featured as a vocalist on many other artists’ recordings, including Victor Vertunni’s ‘William Blake’s Songs of Innocence & Experience‘ in 2011.
She released her single, Dust in 2013 under her label, Dragon Elm Records which has its own channel on Youtube.