Deborah LaVine is the Program Director of the graduate level Film Directing Program at California Institute of the Arts (CALARTS). An award winning director, Deborah’s most recent work is the short film, UNINTENDED. The film features Jeff Perry, a founding member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company and co-star of the television series, SCANDAL. UNINTENDED has recently screened at the Sedona and Newport Film Festivals. Deborah is currently directing a webseries based on the mystery of time, and a short film, WHEN YOU GET HOME, starring Suanne Spoke.
Other recent film works include, LOST MUSIC, a lyrical exploration of loss and memory featuring Barbara Bain that played the Newport Beach Film Festival and the Sedona Film Festival among others. Deborah’s short film, PRAIRIE SONATA, screened at the Moondance Film Festival in Boulder, Colorado winning the Spirit of the Festival, and Audience Favorite awards there. It has also played the Reel Dakota Festival, The Newport Beach Film Festival, and the Black Hills Film Festival. PRAIRIE SONATA, filmed in South Dakota, served as an inspiration for WILD PRAIRIE ROSE.
Theatrically, Deborah has directed over 300 professional productions across the United States for which she has received many prestigious awards including 4 Ovation awards, 16 Drama-Logue/Backstage West awards, and a NAACP Image Award citation among others. Select Los Angeles productions include NAPOLI MILIONARA at the Road Theater (Ovation award winner Outstanding Director and Best Production), THE RESISTIBLE RISE OF ARTURO UI at Theater Exchange, Deaf West Theater’s STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Ovation award Best Production), KINDERTRANSPORT and A SHAYNA MAIDEL at the Tiffany Theatre, THE ACCOMPLICES at the Fountain Theater, and Edgemar Center for the Arts multi-award winning BLACK CAT CABARET.