"After decades of longing to write my show--at age seventy-four, in early 2023--my autobiographical solo show script was finished, but I had no idea how to present it on stage. Debra and I worked together on Zoom one afternoon, going over the entire one hour show and it came alive--it blossomed. Debra's brilliant and insightful suggestions gave my script clarity and movement. I am not exaggerating when I say her guidance brought me to tears. Debra De Liso is a master at her craft."
"I was a singer, dancer, actor in theatre in high school and then in community theater. It was my passion. I couldn't study it in college; parents wanted me to do something I could make a living at. Fast forward 40 years, and now I'm back where I belong, writing my first solo performance and being guided by a wonderful mentor/teacher in Debra!"
--Suzanne Paschall, author, screenwriter, musician
"I taught screenwriting at UCLA for thirty years, the last decade as co-chair of the program. I recognize the values of great teacher. Debra is that. I have seen her workshops. She has the insight and capacity, patience and fearlessness to locate and to bring out the best in an actor’s resources. In performing my solo play (How Prostate Cancer Made a Man of Me, later renamed Prick) I had the direct experience of working with her as a performer. She made an experience that could have been terrifying a journey of discovery and connection; both with aspects of my autobiographical material that I had not truly processed emotionally, and then with performance skills."
--Hal Ackerman, Author, Write Screenplays That Sell-the Ackerman Way, and other books; UCLA Screenwriting Area Head Emeritus
"As a hard-of-hearing gay man, I was extremely self-conscious and full of self-doubt. I came to Debra searching for deeper meaning in myself as an artist but wasn’t confident as to my ability to be present. Debra never saw the challenges I faced as obstacles. Rather, they were treasures that were a part of my soul.Debra never saw me as a binary box in which to stuff myself. Rather, she saw the humanity within me that I didn’t realize existed. She pushed me to celebrate myself rather than be ashamed. I would not be the psychotherapist I am today had I not continued working with Debra."
--Patrick Tully, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
"I am an Emmy Award winning writer with over 100 produced television credits. I only mention this to place in context how valuable Debra’s input and guidance has been in my writing and growth as a professional and simply as a person. She is a skilled and accomplished actress, director and writer with a solid grasp of craft coupled with great insight into human nature...I am glad she has chosen to share this impressive background online enabling her to share her hard-earned and remarkable knowledge with students world-wide."
--Brooks Wachtel, Emmy Award Winning TV & Film Writer
"As a retired teacher and returning grad student I took Ms. De Liso's workshop with the simple intention of sharing my own work with a larger audience. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to find myself on a stage enacting my own story. Ms. De Liso has created a program that includes all learners of any age, all those who want to develop confidence as they discover their own inner strength by sharing the story that is festering inside them. She recognizes that this story is the one basic to character building and lasting knowledge. De Liso provides a safe haven, a safe nest, a non-threatening, non-competitive, playful atmosphere where individuals experiment with different techniques to explore and expand, while discovering their own voice."
--Rochelle Duffy, Ph.D.