Deborah trained in circus and theatre in Paris and London. She has worked with premier visual, circus, opera and theatre companies including Circus OZ, the Royal Opera, the Royal Shakespeare Company , the World of Wearable Arts, the MTC and many others. The international work of her own company No Ordinary Angels includes Munich, Melbourne, Cadiz, Edinburgh and New Zealand International Arts Festivals.
Deborah has choreographed for film, television, opera and theatre and has won three prizes including Best Show, (Deadly) London International Mime Festival 2000; Best Director, Les Jeune Talent du Cirque, Paris, 2004. Deborah’s company Awkward Productions has created and produced an award-winning Adagio, Grimace and the Wellington Festival of Circus.
In 2015 Deborah developed New Zealand’s first circus/dance professional training programme at Whitireia.