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Deborah Wilcox

Theatre Arts

dwilcox@peninsulaheritage.org

For the past seven years I have had the privilege of being part of the staff at Peninsula Heritage School. In rehearsals and performances I experience a true sense of inspiration and awe in directing and choreographing all of our young artists. It is such an enjoyable experience observing all the students develop into self confident, vibrant, imaginative and caring performers. It is essential that we pass on our rich American history in the performing and visual arts.

The performing arts instil our students with artistic perception, creative expression, aesthetic valuing, learning and respecting its historical and cultural context, allowing students to make connections and establish their own relationships with each genre we explore. Peninsula Heritage School is proud of our original Grade Level Character Quality performances, and we have received numerous awards from The Character Education Partnership.

As a child growing up, my parents were enthusiastic patrons of the arts and exposed our family to a variety of films and live theater performances, and that is where my identity, destiny, and passion for the arts began. I started taking dance classes at Carole's Dance Theater in Long Beach, where I later had my first teaching experiences. I have trained in dance as well as theater at Long Beach State and City Colleges, and with various teachers and well know artists in the industry. I have been a member of the Screen Actors Guild, and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artist for over thirty years. I am a certified Teaching Artist from the Los Angeles County Commission for the Arts.

I have had the good fortune of having many of my dreams come true as a performer. I started my performing career at Disneyland and have performed at various theme parks. A highlight for me was performing in the classic movie musicals, “Grease”, and Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, and dancing on the Academy Awards. I have also performed in various showcases and productions in the Los Angeles theater arts community. I find that working behind the scenes is equally as thrilling and gratifying as performing.

What we share in our assemblies and various grade level productions at Peninsula Heritage school is life affirming. It bring us together as a community, shared by students, faculty, friends and family.