O'Carroll is a "one of a kind" performer. She combines stage magic and theater with
lots of audience participation to create captivating programs for
children. She uses highly visual props, colorful costumes, delightful
magic and lively stage movement to both educate and entertain. Active
audience involvement is the most important feature in Debbie's magical
theatre. Youngsters are invited to become a vital part of the
performance as they learn by doing.
O'Carroll studied Dramatic Arts at Emerson College and at Lesley
College where she received her M.A. She has toured nationally as a
children's theatre actress for the past 30 years. Her career began in a
children's variety theatre company with Tom Bergeron, Gene Boles
and Jim Flood and she also performed with the Communications Therate Group, City Stage, The Opera Company
of Boston, The National Mime Theatre and "Dollee & Debbie." She has
served on the Board of the International Brotherhood of Magicians,
Boston, since 1991.
In 1997, Debbie received a performance award from
the Munster Society
of Magicians in Limerick, Ireland
and she was The New
England Magical Entertainment Group's Performer of the Year in 2003. In
2009, she was presented with a Beacon Award from the City of
Newburyport, Massachusetts with recognition from the Massachusetts
House of Representatives for inspiring youngsters through the
art of magic.
teaches theatre and magic workshops in libraries and as an
artist-in-residence in schools. She has been a Special Studies
Instructor at Chautauqua Institution since 2010 and she teaches dance, theater and creative movement improvisation to adults at Anahata Yoga @ The Barn in Newbury, Massachusetts.
parents commend you on an excellent performance. Everyone enjoyed the
magic, dance and wonderful tales. I especially liked the way you
involved the children in your show."
- Somersworth Public Library, New Hampshire.
you for a superb performance. I was pleased with the degree of audience
participation, one of the components that we feel is extremely
- Haverhill Public Library,