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Winners of the VSA Playwright Discovery Award Program

The 2006 VSA Playwright Discovery Teacher Award Recipient

Deanna Ableser

Deanna Abseler, 2006 recipient of the VSA arts Playright Discovery Teacher award

Deanna Alisa Ableser is a Southern California native. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Drama from the University of California at Irvine; and holds two Master's Degrees from the University of Southern California, one in Fine Arts and one in Education. Since 2002, she has served as the drama teacher at Dana Middle School in Hawthorne, California. Prior to that time, she was the drama teacher at Van Nuys High School Performing Arts Magnet. She has also served as an elementary school teacher in Van Nuys, California. Her students have won numerous awards in acting, playwriting and technical theatre. In addition to teaching and directing, Ms. Ableser is also a published theatre critic and an exhibited visual artist.