Deborah Marcano is a globetrekking artrepreneur. She has traveled solo to 6 continents and visited more than 70 countries. She is an active member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA and has portrayed a diverse range of characters on stage and film. Deb is the proud Mum of five in Lalibela, Ethiopia, not by biology but the heart, and her journey to motherhood was featured in the Tell Your Story HuffPost series and the book, Borderless Voice.
After earning a Master of Science degree in Urban Affairs from the City University of New York, she then studied filmmaking and photography in LA and NY and was a teaching assistant at Los Angeles City College and the International Center of Photography in NY. Her photographs have been displayed in solo and group exhibitions, universities, public libraries, journals private collections and Macy’s Herald Square. Her short film, Positive Attitude, screened at 20 festivals in the US, Caribbean and Africa.
Deb fuses her passion for the urban community with her art by donating her talents to non-profit organizations. She was an adult literacy tutor with the Brooklyn Public Library and twice appointed by the Mayor of the City of NY to the HIV Health and Human Services Planning Council of New York. She is presently a photographer with Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep – capturing images of deceased newborns and a transformational speaker with Defy Ventures – inspiring and assisting incarcerated women develop their business plans.
Deb enjoys the distinction of being an award-winning photographer and filmmaker, teaching artist, storyteller, public speaker, community activist, philanthropist and advanced scuba diver.