About Tanya O'Debra
Tanya O'Debra is a New York City-based playwright and performer. Her play Shut UP, Emily Dickinson won the Jill Cummins MacLean Prize, the Ada Comstock Magic Grant for $25,000, and was presented by the Academy of Music in Northampton, MA. Co-written with Diane O'Debra, The Secrets of Avondale Falls was presented by the Cincinnati Fringe Festival. Published by Original Works, her play Radio Star has been produced all over the world, receiving numerous awards and accolades. She is a graduate of Smith College where she won The Denis Johnston Playwriting Award, The Elizabeth Wanning Harries Prize, and The Elizabeth Drew Prize. Other theater credits include Patrice O’Debra in Straight Up Vampire (Joe’s Pub), The Evil Queen in Snow White (The New Acting Company), and Amanda McCloud in The Ultimate Stimulus (Dixon Place), as well as being one half of the long-time comedic sister duo, The O'Debra Twins. 
Career Highlights


Them What Brung You                       

2019    Reading – Smith College


Shut UP, Emily Dickinson      

2019    Production – The Academy of Music (Northampton, MA)

2018    Workshop – The Kraine Theater (New York, NY)                                                    

2018    Reading – Smith College (Northampton, MA)

2013    Production – Cincinnati Fringe Festival                                                         

2013    Production – Orlando Fringe Festival                                                

2013    Workshop – UNDER St Marks (New York, NY)                                                      

2013    Workshop – Dixon Place (New York, NY)                                                   

2012    Reading – Re/Mixed Media Festival (Brooklyn, NY)                                


The Secrets of Avondale Falls (Co-written with Diane O’Debra)

2016    Production – Cincinnati Fringe Festival

2016    Workshop – The Celebration of Whimsy (New York, NY)                                      

2013    Reading – Dixon Place (New York, NY)                                                       


RADIO STAR                         

2016    Production – Edmonton Fringe Festival

2014    Production – The Academy of Music (Northampton, MA) 

2013    Production – OBERON (Cambridge, MA)                                        

2013    Production – Horse Trade Encores (New York, NY)                                    

2012    Production – New Orleans Fringe Festival                            

2012    Production – Cincinnati Fringe Festival                                                         

2012    Production – Joe’s Pub (New York, NY)                                                                   

2012    Production – Horse Trade Encores (New York, NY)                        

2011    Production – Redhouse Arts Center (Syracuse, NY)                         

2011    Production – San Francisco Fringe Festival 

2011    Production – Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal                                

2011    Production – Orlando Fringe Festival                                    

2011    Production – Horse Trade Encores (New York, NY)                                    

2010    Production – Ars Nova’s ANTFest (New York, NY)                                                

2010    Production – Horse Trade Theater Company (New York, NY)                                

2009    Production – Edinburgh Fringe Festival        



2006    Production – Winter One Acts Festival, The Impact Theater (Brooklyn, NY) 

2003    Production – The Red Room (New York, NY)


More Making Out in Japanese (Co-written/co-adapted with The Beggars Group)

2002    Production – Arthur’s Dress Shop (New York, NY) 

Fuck You (Co-written with John Bowman & Adam Hardman)

2001    Production – Horse Trade Theater Company (New York, NY)                                

2001    Production – New York International Fringe Festival                                               

2000    Production – Present Company Theatorium (New York, NY)                      



2010    RADIO STAR, Original Works Publishing     

2006    “Puppet Love” – Bowery Women, YBK Publishers, Inc                                                        



2021    Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award Semi-Finalist

2021    Bay Area Playwrights Festival Semi-Finalist (Them What Brung You )

2019    Ada Comstock Magic Grant ($25,000), Smith College/Helen Gurley Brown Foundation (Shut UP, Emily Dickinson)

2019    The Denis Johnston Playwriting Award, Five College Theater Department (Them What Brung You )

2019    The Elizabeth Wanning Harries Prize for the best honors thesis, Smith College English Department (Them What Brung You )                

2019    The Elizabeth Drew Prize to a graduating Ada Comstock Scholar for academic distinction and demonstrated commitment to the study of literature in any language, Smith College English Department        

2018    The Jill Cummins MacLean Prize for outstanding dramatic achievement with a comic touch in writing, Smith College Theater Department (Shut UP, Emily Dickinson)                                 

2015    Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role Nominee, New York Innovative Theatre Awards

2011    Best of the San Francisco Fringe Festival, San Francisco Fringe Festival                

2011    Best English Language Production Nominee Festival, St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal

2011    Just For Laughs Best Comedy Nominee, Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal            

2010    Outstanding Full Length Script Nominee, New York Innovative Theatre Awards               

2010    Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role Nominee, New York Innovative Theatre Awards   

2006    Best of New York Award, The Village Voice           

2005    Best Duo Nomination, Excellence in Comedy New York Awards

2001    Excellence Award in Overall Production, New York International Fringe Festival