Debi Tinsley

Debi Tinsley

Debi is thoroughly enjoying the second act of her theatrical career.  A native of Cleveland, Ohio, she has been on stage since writing, producing, directing and starring in her second grade production of The Story of Pocahontas.    She studied theatre at Webster University in St. Louis, and is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Pasadena.  Following graduation, Debi moved to New York.  She worked in tours and regionally in such shows as Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal),  The Robber Bridegroom (Rosamund), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlayne), They’re Playing Our Song (understudy for Jo Anne Worley  – really), Nuts (Claudia) and Division Street (Mrs. Bruchinski).

Life made it necessary for Debi to step away from the theatre but during that nearly 20 year “intermission,” she developed several one woman cabaret shows which she performed throughout the east coast.  Cabaret eventually led her to jazz which segued to a new passion, the Brasilian bossa nova.  Now, Debi is equally comfortable singing from the American Songbook or the beautiful sultry music of Brasil, which she often performs in Portuguese.

Eventually the theatre called her back and she is proud that GRT has become her artistic home.  Here, she has appeared as Diana in Another Antigone and in the world premiers of the musical Love Again and A Dull Pain Turned Sharp.  She has also appeared at Theatricum Botanicum in their production of All’s Well That Ends Well.  Debi can also be heard as May, the evil stowaway British cat in the animated film The Wild Live, the story of Robinson Crusoe.