Debra began acting professionally in Shakespeare in the Park in Louisville, KY, playing the roles of Juliet, Bianca, Marina, Hermione and Mrs. Ford. She went on to act in Los Angeles in several theatres doing classical, contemporary and new plays as well as commercials. She was a member of the Los Angeles Theatre Unit for eight years, and won the Los Angeles Critics Circle Award for Best Ensemble Performance in Andreas Got Two Boyfriends playing the role of Andrea. Debra studied with Master Teacher Fran Bennett at Cal Arts, the faculty at Shakespeare & Company and Kristin Linklater to receive a Designation in Linklater Voice, one of most prestigious voice training disciplines in the professional theatre world for actor training. She taught voice privately in her own studio in Los Angeles before accepting a position at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana in their MFA Acting program teaching graduate students. She also taught as a Guest Artist at University of California San Diego in the MFA Acting Program, which is ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top three programs for acting training in the US. She has studied healing voice in Thailand, and also has Certification as a Viniyoga Teacher from the Viniyoga Institute (accredited as an Advanced Yoga teacher) after two years of study with Gary Kraftskow. She has studied with many prominent voice teachers internationally, including Patsy Rodenburg and the Roy Hart Theatre. She has been Voice and Dialect coach in several regional theatres across the country, including several productions at the award winning La Jolla Playhouse in California. She is a member of Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity, and VASTA. She is proud to be a founding member of the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre LTD in Orkney, Scotland. She traveled there to support Ms. Linklater in training her first international group of teachers to graduate at the Centre.
B.S. Education (Theatre and Speech), Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
M.F.A. Acting, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California
Designated Linklater Teacher
Certified Advanced Yoga Teacher, American Viniyoga Institute
Debra Hale teaches in the BFA Theatre Program. A Designated Linklater Voice instructor (Voice Production Specialist), she teaches a progression of voice production classes focusing on training for the professional actor. She acts as Voice and Dialect Coach and Consultant on many of the productions in the School of Theatre.
Debra teaches voice production, acting, dialects, speech, accent reduction and yoga
Debra is developing yoga practices for professional acting training that combine yoga, voice and Shakespeare with her FSU colleague Associate Professor Jean Lickson. Her creative activity as a workshop leader in the healing voice has taken her to Hawaii, Scotland, England, Wales, Thailand, Greece and Hungary.