In the final episode of season 1, Raven is joined by theatre makers Debora Crabbe and Kerry McGee to talk lessons learned in the theatre industry during the pandemic.
Debora Crabbe is a two-time Helen Hayes Award winning actor and teaching artist in the DC metro area. Born and raised in Ghana, she has been in the US since 2002. Her love for theatre blossomed while at a very young age as one of five girls in her family. She loved to entertain her sisters and parents and this grew into performing in church and in plays. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in acting from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Since then, Debora has been acting in the metro area at various theatres and around the country. She was last seen in Round House Theatre’s production of School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play where her and her ensemble received the Helen Hayes Award for Best Ensemble. Her other Helen Hayes Award was as a leading actress for her portrayal of Rosalind in Keegan Theatre’s production of As You Like It, The Musical. Aside from acting, Debora is the current co-chair of the Arts and Activism Board for the theatre company The Conciliation Lab based in Richmond, Virginia. When Debora is not acting, she is either teaching theatre to children ranging from ages 4-17 or teaching medical students.
Kerry McGee is the Artistic Director and Marketing Director for We Happy Few, a DC-based classical theatre company. She also works as a freelance director, actor, and marketing consultant. She’s currently directing and adapting an audio mystery series featuring Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective for We Happy Few. The mystery plays are accompanied by a physical package of clues so that the listener can solve the case along with the detectives. Previous directing projects include Lovers’ Vows (Helen Hayes Recommended), Treasure Island, and Henry V with We Happy Few. Notable stage roles include Charlie Chaplin in Pointless Theatre Company’s Visions of Love, Mayor Soch in dog & pony dc’s Beertown, and Edgar Allan Poe in We Happy Few’s A Midnight Dreary. Kerry is a teaching artist with Arena Stage and is a member of the teaching staff at George Washington and Georgetown University’s medical schools and has an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University.