Debbie continued to train at iO West and was selected to represent level 4 at iO West's first Honor Roll show for the month of October. The iO West website describes the Honor Roll: "...every month students from all 7 Levels of the iO West Training Center will play together on a team, joined by a different set of iO West Teachers and House Harold performers each week; however these students are not randomly drawn but nominated by their teachers as some of the most promising from their classes!"
Short film Corra at Home, directed by Jesse James Rice and starring Debbie Fry and Bryan Scott Cooper is in the process of being submitted to film festivals! This Indiegogo campaign features the official trailer and some exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. A link to a post that director Jesse wrote about this can be found here.
The Proletariat dissolved in January and was replaced by Dusty as a host of the weekly MSW: Black Monday show. Unicorn Prom was formed with friends Bryan Scott Cooper and Tyler Clément. Debbie took Emily Candini's workshop at the Miles Stroth Workshop a couple more times for good measure before moving over to iO West to begin her studies there.
Debbie was asked back as an alum to perform with the current American Academy of Dramatic Arts Company in Molière's Tartuffe, playing the part of Mme Pernelle. It was a joy to return to the stage and get back to her roots of playing old ladies.
The final episodes of GamerGirl Season One were shot.
Debbie continued studying improv and sketch at The Miles Stroth Workshop and was invited to join MSW: Black Monday host team Trucks (later renamed The Proletariat). Reply All dissolved, Pirate Yacht continued to perform indie shows, and a new team, Dusty, was formed.
GamerGirl the web series continued filming its first season, set to premiere mid-January. Debbie plays Li, gamer nerd extraordinaire. It was obviously a real stretch for her.
Debbie put her dance training to use as a backup dancer for Mike Bauer at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. She would continue to joke that she's a professional dancer now. She's not.
Debbie's two independent coached teams, Reply All and Pirate Yacht, continued their way around the LA indie improv circuit. In June, Pirate Yacht was accepted into and performed in the iO West Improv Festival. Continuing her studies, Debbie took a class with improv great Miles Stroth to further hone her craft and gain a different perspective one the way the game is played.
Debbie was the lead in a Chapman short called Big Brats. She also shot a few projects with Bryan Scott Cooper, Jesse James Rice, and Tyler Clément.
Debbie got the opportunity to learn a new skill for the short film, "Dance," directed by Bryan Scott Cooper. She took 2 months of hip hop dance classes in preparation for her leading role in the film, and is proud to say she no longer confines herself to the far back corner of the class.
Continuing her long-running improv training, Debbie completed Improv Level 401 at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Her two improv performance teams, Reply All and Pirate Yacht, began performing in the LA indie circuit.
Debbie spent four days in Colorado shooting short film Corra at Home, where she played Corra, a young woman who is stuck in a rut in her home town, using her gay best friend as a crutch to fill the void in her life.
Debbie also was in the pilot for a new web series called GamerGirl, where she plays Li, a comic-con-esque hardcore gamer nerd. She’s pretty excited about it and uses it as an excuse to nerd out on a regular basis. As “research.”
Debbie kept kickin’ it comedy-style. She took Eugene Cordero’s Improv Level 401 class at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, where she recently also completed Sketch Writing 201. She practices weekly with two coached independent improv groups, one of which - “Reply All” - just had its first official show at the Neon Venus Art Theatre.
Debbie was recently the lead in the half-hour short film Clean Slate, directed by Peter Chhuon, where she played a young adult whose life wasn’t going as she had planned.
She also put her art skills to good use as a production design assistant for a short horror film called The Asylum of Dr. Caligari.
Debbie spent the beginning of 2012 diving head first into the comedy world. She completed Improv Level 301 and Sketch Writing 101 at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. She also completed Kent Skov’s workshop at the LA Connection Comedy Theatre, and spent several months attending Deven Green’s class and performing with the group “Say What?!” every other Friday.
In April, she participated in a 24-hour play at the Trainwreck Theatre, directed by Paul Storiale. In the play, “Joe’s Cabin,” Debbie played Pam Brown, a video-game-obsessed techie on a disastrous first date at an overbooked remote cabin on a stormy night.
Debbie also shot several student films this Spring, as well as a training video for the U.S. Veteran’s Association.
Just a month after completing South Coast Repertory’s Professional Intensive Conservatory, Debbie was asked back to perform in South Coast’s The Trip to Bountiful. Directed by Martin Benson, one of South Coast Rep’s founding directors, The Trip to Bountiful received widespread praise and rave reviews. It was an honor and a privilege to work with Martin and such seasoned actors, and Debbie is very grateful for the opportunities that SCR has given her.
Two days after finishing the program at South Coast, Debbie was in rehearsal for a play back at the Academy. She was honored to have been called back as an alum to be a part of the new Academy Company’s first play series in Good Thing, directed by Michelle Gossett.
This past summer, Debbie participated in South Coast Repertory’s Professional Intensive Conservatory program, where she learned from such masters as Karen Hensel, Joanne DeNaut, Hal Landon, Hisa Takakuwa, and Greg Atkins. This was an invaluable experience and furthered her growth as an actor after graduating from the Academy.
Debbie is excited to announce that in April, she signed with Stein Entertainment Group for management.
After graduating from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in May 2010, Debbie then went on to be accepted into the Academy’s 3rd-year Company program. She finished the program this past March and is now at large.
Recognizing that improv experience is a necessity for the comedic actor, Debbie promptly enrolled in the Upright Citizens’ Brigade’s Improv 101 class. She plans to continue on through the levels until she is a comedic genius or they kick her out. Whichever comes first.
This February, Debbie had the wonderful experience of being a part of the musical Into the Woods by Stephen Sondheim, under the direction of Theresa Hayes and the musical direction of Perry Hart. She played Cinderella’s Stepmother, and had a great time cutting off heels and toes to make the shoe fit.
Independence by Lee Blessing, directed by Judith Bohannon, was the first play of the AADA Company’s fourth series of plays. It went up at the end of January, after only a few weeks of rehearsal. In this complex play about a dysfunctional family, Debbie had the opportunity to play Evelyn, a mother of three daughters who suffers from borderline personality disorder. This is Debbie’s most challenging and rewarding role to date, and quite possibly the best work she has done up to this point. She feels very grateful to have been given this challenge at the end of her time in the Academy’s Company.
Debbie’s third performance of the 2010-2011 AADA Company year was Women Behind Bars by Tom Eyen. In this comedic spoof of the cult 1980’s women in prison movie genre, Debbie played the part of the prison matron’s lackey, Louise.
Debbie’s second performance as a member of the AADA Company was ...And Miss Reardon Drinks a Little by Paul Zindel, directed by Betty Karlen. Debbie was given the incredible opportunity to play the title character of Miss Catherine Reardon, and relished every moment of it.
Debbie’s first performance as a member of the 2010-2011 Academy Company was as Maureen in Stags and Hens by Willy Russell, directed by Ian Ogilvy. This hilarious British comedy was right up her alley, and she had a tremendous time working on it. It has also left her with the ability to do a Northern British dialect.
Debbie played both the roles of Dori and Mrs. Hansen in Christopher Goodwin’s The Baker’s Oven at the Zombie Joe Underground Theatre in North Hollywood.
You can read a review of this production of The Baker’s Oven here.
This summer, Debbie acted as Art Director for the web series Dumbass Filmmakers. It was an opportunity to look into the process of filming from the production side of things, and has given her some valuable insight into the business.
You can view the trailer here.
Debbie played Mrs. Wall in Holy Ghosts for her graduation play at AADA. Mrs. Wall is the 85-year-old piano player at a Southern Pentecostal church. With very minimal knowledge of how to play the piano, but dissatisfied with the suggestion of miming piano playing to a recording, Debbie taught herself how to play the seven hymns in the show and was able to successfully accompany the congregation in song.
Debbie graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts with an A.A. in Acting.