Deborah Jean Templin has played leading roles at America's most prestigious theatre companies.  She has appeared in over 150 stage productions and 40 New York films.  Her play Unsinkable Women: Stories and Songs from the Titanic has been presented in over 130 venues domestically and abroad.  She was inducted into her hometown (Glencoe, Minnesota) Hall of Fame in 2015 


Deborah Jean is playing the role of the Widow Snustad (Vivian) in A SECOND HELPING The Church Basement Ladies Sequel at The Fireside Theatre in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.  The musical comedy runs from May 31 to July 15.

Recent Work

April 27  Shakespeare Birthday Sonnet Slam at the  Bandshell in Central Park as part of Willful Shakespeare.

April 24 SINGING FOR THE COWS: Homesteading a Dream had a special performance at the Pearl Studios

April 23 Deborah Jean served as Ambassador for the "Broadways Babies" Benefit  for musical programs in East Harlem, Southern India and Haiti.

January 23,  Deborah Jean did a reading of a new piece authored by Catherine Wolf in a program called Writers At Large at The Lamb's Club.  Other Manhattan based actors involved were Jill Hennessey, Joy Franz, Jack Gindi, Leila Martin, Alix Elias, Catherine Wolf, Richard Marshall, Anita Keal, Robert Blumenfeld and Louise Sorel.

Network Television



VENUES played with One Person Productions


First District Association; Litchfield, Minnesota

Bethel University; St. Paul. Minnesota

Dassel History Center; Dassel, Minnesota


A Center for the Arts, Fergus Falls, Minnesota

Goodwill Theatre; Johnson City, New York

Carleton-Willard Village; Bedford, Massachusetts

Fox Hill Village; Westwood, Massachusetts


Deborah Jean played the role of Eugene O'Neill's mother Ella O'Neill in JOURNEY  a new play by Herman Ferrell III opposite Tom Ligon as Eugene O'Neill's father. The reading directed by Jim Simpson at New Dramatists in New York City.
Ms Templin performing the role of Pia, the director in a workshop of the new musical NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND by Colin Pip Dixon at The Field in New York City
BITING BROADWAY, the first successful Vampire Musical with book by Richard Hochberg, Music by Gerald Steinbacch, Lyrics by Jordan Beck was presented by LexiKat Artists at the St.Regis Hotel and Pearl Studios.  A cast  including Will Blum, Robert Cuccioli, Isabel Santiago, Mary Testa, Noah Weisberg and Arnie Burton.  It was a delight to  play a television talk show host, dancing pineapple, AEA receptionist, casting director and a Liza Minnelli Impersonator!
July 5 through 23,  Deborah Jean played  Maud Dunlop in Meredith Willson's THE MUSIC MAN directed by James Brennan at the historic Cape Playhouse during its 90th Anniversary Season in Dennis, Massachussets.  A fabulous summer in Cape Cod at Gertrude Lawrence's home base!
December of 2015,  Deborah Jean  played Martha Watson in Irving Berlin's WHITE CHRISTMAS produced by Ogunquit Playhouse at the gorgeous Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the perfect setting for a New England Christmas!
"SINGING FOR THE COWS captures American life. We meet five generations of an extended farm family from the first moment they arrive in
America. We share their lives, stories, songs, recipes and the moments that tell about their life-- and American's life. It is moving, engaging and funny. Theatre not be to missed."       Carol Zwick
SINGING FOR THE COWS: Homesteading a Dream is dedicated to the memory of my mother
Verda Emma Lydia Elizabeth Graupmann Templin (May 14, 1919 - August 1, 2017)
Read Kay Johnson's wonderful article on the SINGING FOR THE COWS premiere.