D E B R A   A N N   B Y R D  -   F O U N D E R   &   P R O D U C I N G   A R T I S T I C   D I R E C T O R.


                                            DEBRA ANN BYRD

                                            is the Founder of

                                            Take Wing And Soar

                                            Productions, Inc.,

                                            where she currently

                                            serves as Chief

                                            Executive and

                                            Producing Artistic



Ms. Byrd has guided this company's growth from its birth as the passionate dream of one determined woman into a viable support organization serving classical artists of color and theater arts groups throughout New York.  


As an actor, producer, arts manager, and business leader she has received more than 20 awards and citations and was recently selected for inclusion in the 2008 ~ 25th Silver Anniversary Edition of Who’s Who In The World and is the recipient of the 2006 Josephine Abady Award for Excellence in Producing works that foster diversity.


This award winning theater arts professional received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting from Marymount Manhattan College, and a certificate of completion from The Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab Program.   In  2007   she  was  selected  for  producer  training  at  The  Commercial Theatre Institute, a special project of The League of American Theatres and Producers and the Theatre Development Fund.

She received additional training from the Arts Leadership Institute, a unique Leadership Training Program for Arts Managers at Teacher’s College/Columbia University.  Ms Byrd is currently on the Producing Team at The National Black Theatre, Inc. and an Associate Producer for 6-10 Productions, Inc.  


Her credits as a producer include:

For Take Wing And Soar:


  • MASSINISSA [2011]

  • SAVIOUR? [2011]


  • PECONG [2010]

  • A Misdummer Night's Madness [2009]

  • Forgive Me? [2009]

  • King Lear [2009]

  • MEDEA [2008]

  • Hamlet [2007]

  • The Darker Face Of The Earth [2006]

  • CORIOLANUS: The African Warrior [2005]

  • Richard III [2003]

  • Eight seasons of the TWAS Classical Lab Reading Series [2004-2011] and

  • Five years of the Take Wing And Soar Spirit Of Excellence Awards [2005-2010].  


For the National Black Theatre: HATTIE…What  Need You To Know!; Orunmila, Don’t Play That Song For Me, Black Man Rising, Dorothy Dandridge: Before, After and Now, Yesterday Came Too Soon: The Dorothy Dandridge Story, Yesterday’s, Serenade The World: The Music and Words of Oscar Brown Jr., and Marian Anderson: The Lady From Philadelphia; and


For 6-10 Productions: Broadway Sings The Odd Potato: A Chanukah Musical.  

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