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Copyright 2009 Deborah Massa
 A career in music was a given for Deborah Massa. Her grandmother Philomena, a gifted pianist, provided live musical scores for silent films during the era before the talkies.  As a child, Deborah first performed before an audience with Philomena as her accompanist.  Her destiny was clear.  After a successful two year run in the Broadway musical Dance With Me, Deborah began a multidirectional career as a theatre artist, musician, and educator.  Deborah joined the talented cast of the Off-Broadway musical revival of Babes in Arms at Playwrights Horizons, while continuing her studies at the Martha Graham School of Dance, the Mannes College of Music, and the Neighborhood Playhouse with acting coach William Esper.  In 1977, she and Esper moved to Rutgers University, where they joined the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts.  While advancing her own education in the Graduate Division at Rutgers, Deborah taught Acting and Movement for Actors in the undergraduate division, and collaborated with other notable performers including Paul Sorvino, Avery Brooks and Joseph Chaiken. Her numerous acting credits include Funny Girl, Company, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Prime of Miss Jean Brody, The Cherry Orchard, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Celebration, Play It Again Sam, The Robber Bridegroom, The Diary of Anne Frank, Uncommon Women and Others, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Prometheus Bound. Since music is, and always has been, her first love, Deborah continues to pursue a vocal career.  She has performed in numerous venues, including the New York studio scene, where she has recorded soundtracks and commercials. Her love for the Big Band era spawned years as the lead vocalist of the City Rhythm Orchestra in Philadelphia. Deborah returned to her rock roots with Marrakesh - a Tribute to CSNY, and was a featured vocalist with Countdown to Ecstasy- a Tribute to Steely Dan.  She currently pursues her Synergy Jazz Project, a collaborative endeavor with fellow jazz artists.