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Deborah Dunleavy

Deborah Dunleavy is an award winning story writer and storytelling artist with over 30 years of professional experience in creating, producing and touring her programs both nationally and internationally.

She is a recent recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Grant which has enabled her to research and write an Adult Storytelling Oratorio based on the life of Isobel Gunn. For this project Ms Dunleavy has engaged composer Howard John Alexander. Previously Mr. Alexander and Ms. Dunleavy collaborated on La Befana's Gifts, a Storytelling oratorio for young audiences supported in part by the Alice Kane Award from Storytelling Toronto.

Ms. Dunleavy has created numerous musicand storytelling programs including two one woman story theatre plays:Battlefield Petticoats - Women in the War of 1812, and At The Canoe Club Dance based on true stories collected from seniors who remembered the years before1945.

A songwriter in her own right, MsDunleavy led a long and successful career as a children's author, recordingartist and performer. In 1998 she switched creative interests and embraced theart of storytelling. Her tours have taken her to Singapore, China, Ireland,Scotland and throughout Canada.  She wasstoryteller in residence at the Arthur Child Heritage Museum and a regularstoryteller on North Country Public Radio in New York State. The Crystal CD isa compilation of her radio appearances.

Ms Dunleavy was the EasternCanadian Representative for the Storytellers of Canada. She is a member of SOCAN, Musicians Union of Canada, and The Canadian Children's Book Centre.

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