DEBORAH HABER (Book & Lyrics) is Executive Artistic Director of DEEP Arts, a recently repositioned non-profit now focused on developing new work. DEEP Arts was originally a professional theatre company for young audiences (Rochester Children’s Theatre), which was founded by Ms. Haber and for which she served as Producing Artistic Director for 23 years. In addition to heading up administrational, producing and fundraising activities, she directed well over 75 productions, including: Cinderella, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, A Year with Frog and Toad, Seussical, Quilters, Narnia, Honk!, The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, Joseph and the …Dreamcoat, The Miracle Worker, The Odyssey, Charlotte’s Web, and The Diary of Anne Frank. Ms. Haber wrote and directed an adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Ms. Haber recently wrote the book and lyrics to Sweet House, an original musical that updates the fairy tale “Hansel and Gretel” and highlights making healthy choices. The production’s significant $250,000 funding made it possible to reach over 60,000 elementary students in upstate New York. Ms. Haber and her writing partner Casey Filiaci are currently developing Sweet House for TV and national exposure.
This successful partnership continues for Ms. Haber’s second project, Moses Man. After extensive research with Holocaust scholars, Ms. Haber began work on the development of her parents’ story for the stage, a project she has wanted to begin for a long time.
Ms. Haber serves as a theatre panelist for New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Regional Economic Development Council and along with her writing partner, received an appointment to Indiana University in March 2014 to further the development of Moses Man. She is a member of Dramatist Guild of America and ASCAP.