About

Crunchynotes is the place to find innovative works for the theatre by top playwrights working with composer Deborah Wicks La Puma.

Deborah Wicks La Puma
is a composer, music director, orchestrator and choral conductor. Her work for adults and children has been seen by audience members around the globe, from Singapore to Australia to the East Room of the White House, enjoying both popular and critical success. Her awards include the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, the Robert M. Golden Award, a National Endowment for the Arts’ New American Works Grant, a Helen Hayes Award, two Parent’s Choice Awards, an iParenting media award, and an LA Ovation Award nomination. Her work has been commissioned and premiered at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Cornerstone Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep, the Alliance Theatre, The Theatre at Boston Court, Childsplay, Imagination Stage, and Olney Theatre.

Her musical arranging credits in Theatre for Young Audiences include hits such as The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Mo Willems' Knuffle Bunny, Ken Ludwig's Tom Sawyer, and Joan Cushing's Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business, Miss Nelson is Missing, and Petite Rouge.

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Ms. La Puma received her MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, her BA from Stanford University, and studied folk music with ethnomusicologist Alfredo Lopez Mondragona. A proud Mexican-American with dual citizenship who grew up in Brazil and Portugal, her other musical works include a bilingual Mass and two Rock/Jazz albums with the Brazilian band Turba Multa.

She is a member of  Assitej-USA (TYA/USA), the national association for theatre for young audiences, as well as ASCAP and the Dramatist Guild.
She resides in California with her husband Chris, three daughters, and Mimi the cat.

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