Award-winning arts/entertainment journalist
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Deborah Behrens is an award-winning arts/entertainment journalist best known for her celebrity profiles and coverage of LA's theatre/arts scene.
She is the former Editor-in-Chief of LA STAGE Times, the award-winning arts journalism site of the LA STAGE Alliance, which went on hiatus in February 2014. She had been a contributing writer since its 2001 debut as LA STAGE Magazine before becoming managing editor of the site in 2010 followed by EIC a year later. During that time, she conducted hundreds of one-on-one celebrity cover story profiles and feature interviews while later managing editorial staff as well as dozens of contributing writers.
In April 2014, she received the Queen of the Angels Award at the 35th Annual L.A. Weekly Theater Awards. The award is given annually by L.A. Weekly's theater critics to an individual who has made a significant contribution to L.A.'s theater community.
Deborah’s work has garnered numerous honors including a 2012 National Entertainment Journalism Award (NEJ) from the Los Angeles Press Club as best Personality Profile/Online for her interview with iconic theatre/opera director Anne Bogart. In 2009, she won the Maggie Award for Best Interview or Profile/Trade for her LA STAGE cover story on Joan Rivers at the Western Publishing Association’s 58th annual Maggie Awards, the most prestigious publishing awards in the western United States.
Her 2013 Amy Brenneman interview placed third in Personality Profile/Online at the LA Press Club’s 56th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards in June 2014. Deborah was also a finalist for a 2013 NEJ Award in a specially created Centennial Award category for “best career work” in Celebrity Interview for her 2004 LA STAGE cover story of Sir Ben Kingsley.
Deborah’s interviews have been excerpted in scholarly books including The DeGolyer Library’s "Farewell: Remembering Horton Foote, 1916-2009" and "Suzan-Lori Parks: essays on the plays and other works" by Philip C. Kolin.
In October 2014, Deborah's month-long trip to Italy was featured in a Wall Street Journal piece on crowdfunding with her photo from Positano as the header image. She is currently at work on a book about her experiences there.
Besides LA STAGE, Deborah has covered theatre and the arts for the popular urban blog laist.com, Stage Raw and The GRID, conducted investigative stories for Whole Life Times on organic wine, fast food and obesity as well as Valley Life magazine.
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