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Deborah Wicks La Puma

Deborah Wicks La Puma


Deborah Wicks La Puma is a composer, music director, and orchestrator. The most produced TYA composer of the '18-19 season, her works include "She Persisted: The Musical" (Based on the book by Chelsea Clinton, at Bay Area Children's Theatre) with Adam Tobin; "Elephant and Piggie’s: We are in a Play!" (New Victory Theatre), "Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience" (Seattle Children’s Theatre) and "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" (Kennedy Center) with bestselling author Mo Willems. With playwright Karen Zacarias she has created "Ella Enchanted" (First Stage Milwaukee, based on the book by Gail Carson Levine), "OLIVÉRio: A Brazilian Twist" (Kennedy Center), "Frida Libre" (La Jolla Playhouse), and "Einstein Is a Dummy" (Alliance Theatre). Other favorite projects include "Nobody's Perfect", a bilingual musical in English and American Sign Language, with creators Marlee Matlin and Doug Cooney, and "Perdida", a Mexican folk musical based on Shakespeare’s "Winters Tale”, with Salt Lake Acting Company's playwright-in-residence Kathleen Cahill. Her musical arranging credits include the TYA hits "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever", Mo Willems' "Knuffle Bunny", Ken Ludwig's "Tom Sawyer", and Joan Cushing's "Petite Rouge". As a traveling music director she has worked at theaters such as The Guthrie, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse, The Kennedy Center and South Coast Rep. Her honors include An Off-Broadway Alliance Award, the Jane Chambers Playwriting Award, an NEA New American Works Grant, a Helen Hayes Award, two Parents’ Choice Awards, and an iParenting Media Award. A proud Mexican-American and "Navy Brat" who speaks Spanish and Portuguese, she is also a member of TYA USA/ASSITEJ International, ASCAP, and The Dramatist Guild.

Professional Experience

  • Off Broadway
  • Regional
  • Education


  • LA/Southern California

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Orchestrator
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Music Transcriber
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Music Producer/Record Producer
  • Home Studio Whiz
  • Audition Pianist

My Primary Instrument

  • Piano

My Instruments

  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Voice


  • Digital Performer
  • Finale




  • She/Her