Deborah Kinghorn

Phone: (603) 862-1963
Office: Theatre & Dance, Paul Creative Arts Center Rm M111, Durham, NH 03824
Deborah Kinghorn

Deborah A. Kinghorn (Deb) is a Professor in Theatre and Dance, teaching acting, movement and voice courses for the department. She has worked as a professional actress and director. She holds degrees from SUNY at Fredonia (BA, Theatre) and Trinity University through the Dallas Theatre Center (MFA, Theatre, with emphasis in Acting). She is a Master Teacher of Lessac Kinesensic Voice and Body Training and currently serves on the Master Teacher Council of the Lessac Training and Research Institute, where she regularly teaches and conducts research at the Lessac Summer Intensive Workshop. She received the University of Houston Teaching Excellence Award in 1995, the Lessac Institute Leadership Award in 2009, the UNH Teaching Excellence Award for 2011-12, and in 2013 was a Fulbright Scholar in the Acting, Media and Culture Post-Masters Program at the University of Rijeka in Croatia. She is co-author of the book, “Essential Lessac: Honoring the Familiar in Body, Mind, Spirit”, recently published by RJM Donald Publishers, Inc. She has taught and conducted research in Croatia, South Africa, and Brazil. Her current research interests include exploring Kinesensic training applications for health and wellness and cross-cultural relations.


  • M.F.A., Dramatic/Theatre Arts, Trinity University -Texas
  • M.F.A., Theatre/Theatre Arts Managemnt, Trinity University -Texas
  • B.A., Theatre/Theatre Arts Managemnt, SUNY College at Fredonia

Research Interests

  • Acting, period and style
  • Dialects
  • Directing
  • Shakespeare
  • Voice and movement (Lessac Master Teacher)

Courses Taught

  • THDA 442: Intro to the Art of Acting
  • THDA 470: Movement and Vocal Production
  • THDA 550: Actor's Voice Through Text
  • THDA 589: Practicum/Performance
  • THDA 592A: SpecTop/Auditioning
  • THDA 670: Dialects
  • THDA 759: Acting: Period and Style
  • THDA 796: Independent Study

Selected Artistic Activities

Pericles, November, 2015 (Staged Reading) (2018).

A Midsummer Night's Dream (2016).

All's Well that Ends Well (2016).

Climate Change Theatre Action (2015).

Pericles (2015).

REAL (2014).

Sila (2014).

Gear Up (2013).

Anything Goes (2013).

Our Town (2013).