Deborah Jean Templin

An accomplished and versatile actress, Ms Templin has performed in all mediums of the arts for over 4 decades including stage, screen and television.

Her most recent appearance was as the inspired, but vocally flawed, wannabe opera diva, Florence Foster Jenkins, in “Souvenir” at the Penguin Repertory Theatre – a role recently portrayed on film by Meryl Streep. She has also performed the role at Stageworks Hudson, Charles Wood Theatre and Cape May Stage. "Mesmerzing portrayal" The Independent

Her New York credits include the premiere of “We’re Still Hot!” and Tom Lehrer’s “Tomfoolery”. She has performed in the critically acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series at the York Theatre Company in “Darling Of The Day”, “Miss Liberty”, “Johnny Johnson” and “Take Me Along”. 

Regionally she has played the Walnut Street Theatre as Dolly in “Hello, Dolly!”, Hannigan in “Annie” and The Bird Woman in “Mary Poppins”. At the Ogunquit Playhouse: Martha in Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”. The Charles Playhouse: Bertie in “The Club”. Wahsington D.C.’s Arena Stage: Mary Stewart in the Marx Brothers’ “Animal Crackers”.

Internationally, she has starred at Edinburgh Fringe Festival as French chanteuse, Fania Fenelon, in Arthur Miller’s “Playing for Time”, directed by Michael Leeds. "Unfussy and intelligent and centres around a performance of luminous understanding by Deborah Jean Templin" Sally Hemming The London Times

 National tours include “Mamma Mia!”, “Titanic”, “Baby”, “Annie” and “The Passion of Dracula”. The Titanic production inspired Ms Templin to create “UNSINKABLE WOMEN: Stories and Songs from the Titanic”. Unsinkable along with her autobiographical play SINGING FOR THE COWS has been presented at over 150 venues, domestically and abroad, including the Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library Series.

An experienced television and film actress, she has been featured on “Gotham” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”, “What Would You Do?”, “Midnight Caller”, “Superior Court”, “One Life To Live” and “All My Children”.

She has received several outstanding performing awards: The Richard Burton Award in Acting (Los Angeles) for her graduate work, The Barrymore Award (Philadelphia) for Kay Goodman in “Nite Club Confidential” and the Theatre Award (New Hampshire) for her Frau Blucher in “Young Frankenstein”.

An active supporter of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and has contributed several fundraising cabarets including  “On the Level” “Sibling Revelry” and company cabarets with TITANIC and MAMMA MIA

She currently resides in New York City where she continues to coach, perform and create new work. Currently she is writing a new piece on women in the garment industry and organized labor in honor of her late grandmother who was a seamstress. Deborah Jean has been a proud member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists since 1977.

Ms. Templin trained at Gustavus Adolphus College, San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theatre, and holds an MFA in Theatre Arts from California State University/Long Beach. She has served as a Resident Professional Theatre Associate and Visiting Professor /Master Lecturer at The University of the Arts, Cornell, Susquehanna Universities. She served on the on-camera faculty at New York’s School for Film and Television. Ms Templin was inducted into the Glencoe/Silver Lake Hall of Fame in 2015.