About Unsinkable Women

The Story of the Creation of Unsinkable Women
Deborah Jean Templin toured in the Peter Stone / Maury Yeston Tony award winning musical Titanic, a new musical from 1998 to 2000 serving as swing performer covering the roles of seven women characters on the ship.  It was during this period she became intrigued with the original music of the period,  the lives of the women in the lifeboats so while performing to over 45 cities throughout the United States she began her site specific research at the homes of Titanic survivors and  the nation's libraries.
Based on actual diaries, letters and interviews, Unsinkable Women brings to life nine famous figures including Madeline Astor (the beautiful teenage bride of John Jacob Astor, one of the wealthiest men in America) and Margaret Tobin Brown- the Unsinkable Molly" herself - whose account of the Titanic's final moments brings the evening to its dramatic climax.  Characters who share their stories of tragedy and triumph include stewardess Violet Jessop (who tells of the friendships and loves of the below-decks serving crew) and Nora, an English music hall performer on her way to New York to appear in American vaudeville.  With musical underscoring and accompaniment on compact disc created by musical director C. Colby Sachs, choreography by Broadway veteran Ron Schwinn, nine sumptuous period costumes designed by Sara Jablon and direction by Nancy Robillard  Unsinkable Women offers vivid portrayals, punctuated with period songs from vaudeville numbers to Victor Herbert's "Toyland". Drawing wigs, costume and props from an authentic 1912 wardrobe truck while on stage, Ms. Templin transforms herself, shifting from character to character in full view of the audience.  Internationally acclaimed as a remarkable tour-de-force, Unsinkable Women has been called "the most affecting and truthful version of the Titanic story to day."
Performance Options:
Full Production: 9 characters with intermission (90 minutes)
Student Performance: 7 characters (45 minutes with time for Q & A)

Performances to Date

2015 Upcoming Bookings

November 24, 2015 at 7:30 Reif on the Road  presented by the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center, Grand Rapids, Minnesota 


April 2, 2015 at 7:00  Chipola College Center for the Arts; Marianna, FL

April 9, 2015 at 7:30 pm -Schein Hall Rotary Club of Sanibel-Captiva,

Benefitting Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships,Sanibel Island, FL

April 17, 2015 at Butler County Community College; Butler, PA

May 5 2015 at 12:00 and 7:30 Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ

  • SUNY Oswego, Oswego, NY
  • Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library, NYC, NY
  • The New Tech Institute, Evansville, IN
  • Evansville Museum of Art & Science, Golden Gala, Evansville Country Club, Evansville, IN
  • Business Arts and Recreation Center, Windom, MN
  • Raritan Valley Community College "Tuesdays with Stories" Somerville, NJ
  • Charles R. Wood Theatre, Glens Falls, New York
  • Rydal Park, A Community of Presby's Inspired Life, Rydal PA
  • Leeds International Jewish Performing Arts Festival, Northern Dance Theatre, Leeds, England
  • The Victorian Society of Falls Church presents at The Lyceum Alexandria, VA
  • Kimberly-Clark Theatre at Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, Appleton, WI
  • Kirby Theatre, Roxboro, NC
  • Demarest Elementary School, Bloomfield, NJ
  • Rudder Theatre, Texas A & M, College Station, TX
  • Merryman Performing Arts Center, Kearney, NE
  • Temple Theatre, Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, Des Moines, IA
  • Glencoe Center, Glencoe MN
  • Spearfish Arts Center at Matthews Opera House, Spearfish, SD
  • The Ware Center, Millersville University-Lancaster Lancaster, PA
  • Huntington Public Library, Huntington, NY
  • Springfield High School, Arts in the Classroom, Springfield Arts Council, Springfield, OH
  • Catholic Central Jr & High Schools, Arts in the Classroom, SAC, Springfield, OH
  • Clark County Juvenile Detention Center, Arts in the Classroom, SAC, Springfield, OH
  • Emmanuel Christan Academy, Arts in the Classroom, SAC, Springfield, OH
  • Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH
  • Webster Library, New York Public Library, Bronx, NYC,. NY
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College, Manhattan, NYC, NY
  • North Carolina University, Pembroke, NC
  • Illinois Central College, East Peoria, IL
  • Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, WI
  • St. Agnes Public Library, New York Public Library, Manhattan, NYC, NY
  • Campanile Arts Center, Minocqua, WI
  • Community School, Three Lakes, WI
  • Baychester Public Library, New York Public Library, Bronx, NYC, NY
  • Pelham Bay Public Library,  New York Public Library, Bronx, NYC, NY
  • Allerton Public Library, New York Public Library, Bronx, NYC, NY,
  • Norristown Public Library, Norristown, PA
  • Eastern Monroe Public Library, Stroudsburg, PA
  • Mosholu Public Library, New York Public Library, Bronx, NYC, NY
  • Open Stage of Harrisburg, Harrisburg, PA
  • University of Wisconsin, Parkside, Kenosha, WI
  • Centre Area Concert Association, Melrose, MN
  • Performing Artists Series, Glencoe, MN
  • Medford Performing Arts Association, Medford, WI
  • Springhill Elementary School, McLean, VA
  • Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, VA
  • Studio on Three, Walnut Street Theatre,  Philadelphia, PA
  • The Paramount Theatre, Burlington, NC
  • The Newberry Opera House, Newberry, SC
  • City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium, Morganton, NC
  • American Theatre, Hampton, VA
  • College of the Albemarle Coummunity City Audtitorium, Elizabeth City, NC
  • John Addison Concert Hall, Harmony Hall Regional Center, Ft. Washington, MD
  • Deland Museum of Fine Arts, Deland, FL
  • The Rylander Theatre, Americus, GA
  • Wilson Center for the Arts, Florida Community College, Jacksonville, FL
  • San Antonio Arts Academy, San Antonio, TX
  • Life's Passages: Unsinkable Women Cuero Coummunity Hospital at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Cuero, TX
  • Fairmont Opera House, Fairmont, MN
  • Warriner Hall, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
  • George Daily Auditorium, Oskaloosa, IA
  • Ottumwa Senior High School, Ottumwa, IA
  • A Center for the Arts, Fergus Falls, MN
  • Paramount Theatre, St. Cloud, MN
  • Bjoerling Concert Hall, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, MN
  • Kimberly Clark Theatre, Fox Cities Civic Center, Appleton, WI
  • Falls Area Performing Arts Center, Oconto Falls, WI
  • Arvada Center, Arvada, CO
  • Horsebarn Theatre, Wyoming Territorial Park, Laramie, WY
  • CAMP-PLEX Heritage Center, Gillette, WY
  • McAninch Arts Center, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL
  • Grayslake Community High School, Grayslake, IL
  • Pike Performing Arts Center, Indianapolis, IN
  • Cordier Auditorium, Manchester College, N. Manchester, IN
  • The Reg Lenna Civic Center, Jamestown, NY
  • Straughn Auditorium at Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA
  • Oak Crest Coummunity Theatre- Oakcrest Retirement Community, Erickson Living, Parkville, MD
  • Natali Student Center at California University: California, PA
  • Shea Center for the Performing Arts at  William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ
  • Frank Guaracini Performing Arts Center,Cumberland County Community College, Vineland, NJ
  • Center for the Arts, The Hill School, Pottstown, PA
  • Dana Center at St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH
  • Buckingham Performing Arts Center, Wyoming Seminary, Kingston, PA
  • The Keystone Theatre (Hale's Opera House), Towanda , PA
  • Kline Theatre, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA
  • The James F. Murray School, Public School #38, Jersey City, NJ
  • Florence Nightingale Health Center, NYC, NY
  • Norman Thomas Junior High School, Adult ESL Classes, NYC, NY
  • Chelsea Piers 5th Anniversary Celebration, Chelsea Piers, NYC, NY
  • Weems Elementary School, Manassus, VA
  • Springhill Elementary School, McLean, VA
  • Manton Consolidated School District, Manton, MI
  • Elaine Kaufmann Cultural Arts Center, NYC, NY
  • Centennial High School, Ellicott City, MD
  • Louisa Middle School, Louisa, VA
  • Caroline's Comedy Club, Broadway & 50th, NYC, NY
  • Weehaken Senior Center, Weehawken, NJ
  • Theatre Gym, Broadway and 86th, NYC, NY
  • York Theatre Company, Developmental Musicals Series, NYC, NY
  • PS 199 Jessie Isador Straus School, NYC, NY
  • Grace & St. Paul's Church, NYC, NY
  • First City Theatre, Ketchikan, AK
  • Ketchikan High School, Ketchikan, AK
  • Benefit Performance for (Women in Safe Houses- S.A.F.E.), Ketchikan, AK
  • Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA
  • Laurel Mead Adult Cooperative, Providence,