Debra Ginsberg, president and founding member of Ginsberg Productions and former Wall Street Executive, has really dedicated most her spare time to the theater. Originally from New York, her lifetime involvement with the theatre has been a labor of love as a performer in numerous community and professional theatrical productions along with a dedicated career as a director and executive producer.
Directorial credits are Broadway Review, Guys and Dolls, Steel Magnolias, The Rocky Horror Show, Chicago, Ocean Reef The Musical and The Academy at Ocean Reef’s Broadway Review; two shows which also appeared on the Ocean Reef Cultural Center stage in Key Largo. She directed and co-produced the Miami Stage Company’s production of Noises Off and critically acclaimed CATS, which was a national first and triumphant community theater undertaking. Other directorial credits include The Ocean Reef Yacht Club's version of “American Idol” and Sacha in Concert, in which she also performed on the Ocean Reef Cultural Center Stage, The Odd Couple, Noises Off, An Evening to Remember at the Wilton Theater in Connecticut and several Miami productions of Who Killed The Director for which she received several awards. Debra was also the artistic director, executive producer of Mel Brook’s Tony® Award winning hit The Producers.
In addition, her recent acting credits include: Broadway Review, Grizabella in CATS, Fantine in Les Miserables, and Annie in Chicago, a Transylvanian in The Rocky Horror Show, Hot Box Girl in Guys and Dolls, Ouiser in Steel Magnolias, Mona in Chicago.
Her acting, singing, and dancing talents have also won her awards as “Best Actress” and “Best Supporting Actress” for her roles as Miss Hannigan in Annie and Widow Corney in Oliver. She costarred in a Philip Michael Thomas and Sandi Morais production of Sacha at the Hollywood Playhouse and stepped-in as Harriet The Horrible Owl and The Mother in Sacha on Broadway in New York City at the Riverside Theatre. Other numerous performing credits include Grizabella, Electra, and Griddlebone in various productions of CATS throughout southern Florida, Joanne in Company at the Riviera Theater (Miami), the Wicked Stepmother in Cinderella (Actors Playhouse, Miami) as well as many other starring roles including Hello Dolly, Candide, Cabaret, Carousel, Lost in Yonkers, Blithe Spirit, Songs for a New World, Godspell, Some Enchanting Evening, and The Seven Year Itch.
Most recently Debra has Directed the 2016 production of “The Rocky Horror Show” And played a Transylvanian.
Additionally she directed the 2017 production of “Hairspray” and played Prudy Pingleton
Debra was a founding member, president and executive director for ACTA (Actors for Charity Theatrical Alliance) in Miami; former Board Member of The Miami Children’s Theater; founding member, chairman and artistic & executive director of The Miami Acting Company; founding member, executive producing artistic director of The Friends of Key Largo Cultural Center and former member of the Advisory Committee to the Florida Keys Council of the Arts.
Debra has been awarded and recognized for her philanthropic endeavors by the University of Miami’s Scholarship Fund, Gulliver’s Cultural Arts Department and she is the recipient of a Special Commitment award for The Children’s Home Society of Miami and has been recognized for mentoring graduates from the University of Miami’s School of Business.
Debra graduated from Vassar College and attended the Wharton School of Business of Continuing Professional Education. She is also a former Gulliver Trustee. Her full time occupation for the last 30 years has been as head trader and General Partner and formerc senior vice president of Gintel and Company, The Gintel Family Foundation, and the Ollie G., LLC trust.