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Debra Cardona



Production Dramaturgy


Classical Theatre of Harlem, Resident Dramaturg 2003-2012

Three Sisters, dir. Christopher McElroen, 2009.

Marat/Sade, dir. Christopher McElroen, 2007.

King Lear, dir. Alfred Preisser. Co-production with Folger Theatre, 2006.

Waiting for Godot, dir. Christopher McElroen.

     Production invited to New Orleans and restaged in the Ninth Ward, 2006.

     Ending scene from production recreated for HBO series Treme, 2012.

Funnyhouse of a Negro, dir. Billie Allen, 2006.

The Cherry Orchard, dir. Christopher McElroen, 2005.

Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death, dir. Alfred Preisser, 2005.

Dream on Monkey Mountain, dir. Alfred Preisser.

    Production featured on cover of American Theatre, July/August 2004.

Macbeth, dir. Alfred Preisser, 2003.


Bonn Biennale

Macbeth, dir. Alfred Preisser, 2004.


Women's Project

Antigone Project, an evening of five short adaptations of Antigone by playwrights Lynn Nottage, Caridad Svich, Karen Hartman, Tanya Barfield, and Chiori Miyagawa. Production featured on cover of American Theatre, March 2005.


The New School

The Laramie Project, dir. Rose Bonczek, 2004


Brooklyn College

The Laramie Project, dir. Rose Bonczek, 2004

New Play Development


Reading and Play Selection Committees


Judge, Ebell of Los Angeles Playwright Prize, 2015

Script Selection Committee, New Harmony Project, 2014

Administrator, Playwright’s Playground, Classical Theatre of Harlem, 2012–2013

Administrator, Future Classics play reading series, Classical Theatre of Harlem, 2010

Reader, Source Festival, Washington, D.C., 2012

Reader, Public Theater Emerging Writers Group, 2009 and 2011

Reader, Active Cultures Sporticulture Series, 2010

Script Selection Committee, New Harmony Project, 2008




Mr. Wheeler's, by Rob Zellers, New Harmony Project, 2014

Furies, by Matt Bukovic, Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights Workshop, summer 2010

. . . And L.A. is Burning, by Y York, New Harmony Project (2008 Smith Prize winner) Article here

Oneida, by Beth Blatt (musical)

Dancing with Abandon, by Karen Hartman (musical)

Emancipation, by Ty Jones, Classical Theatre of Harlem

Beige, by Desi Moreno-Penson, readings at Repertorio Español and Greenwich Theater

Desert Gods, by Desi Moreno-Penson, reading at Flea Theater

3 to a Session, by Desi Moreno-Penson, workshopped at INTAR



Grants Panels

LMDA Dramaturgy Residency Grant, 2008

TCG/NEA Playwright Residency Grant, 2007    




LMDA Review, “Classics in a New Light: Dramaturgy at the Classical Theatre of Harlem,” Volume 21, Issue 1, pp. 11 – 15. Article here


American Theatre, “Mainstream Remix: Frank talk about casting, training, and presenting actors and works of color,” initiated by Caridad Svich and Ephraim Lopez, moderated by Debra Cardona; introduction by Caridad Svich, April 2008, pp. 42-47. Article here


The Mary Poppins Production Handbook, published by Disney Theatricals, 2014.


The Mary Poppins Choreography Manual, published by Disney Theatricals, 2014.



Other Professional Activities


Advisory Board, Ebell Playwright Prize, 2016

Board Member, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, 2006 – 2012

Advisory Board, Active Cultures Theater, 2011

2010 - present

2010 - present



New York University

BFA, Major: Drama (Tisch School of the Arts, Stella Adler Studio)

Minor: Broadcast Journalism


Brooklyn College

MFA, Dramaturgy (Dept. Head: Charles McNulty)


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