Debra completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2005 and also has a BA in Literature and Linguistics from Harvard University. She has received numerous awards for filmmaking, including a Fulbright Scholarship to make a documentary film in India, a Charles Boyer Research Fellowship for research at the University of Paris, and an Alfred P. Sloan Directing Award for narrative short film. She has lived and worked in several different countries and loves learning new languages and discovering new cultures. She has been living in Auckland since 2014.
Debra has a strong interest in both the arts and disability sectors and is actively involved in a number of family and community organisations both in New Zealand and overseas.
Banner image: Matthew Tucker, Infinity, 2014