Deborah Brown

With Bangarra Since:
Family Background:
Deborah is a descendant of Wakaid Clan, Badu Island, the Meriam people of Murray Island, and also proud of her Scottish heritage. Born in Brisbane, her totems are Beizam (the shark) and the moth.

Deborah joined Bangarra in 2003. Her career highlights include returning to Country - including Mer Island and Yirrkala, performing in Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Harvey Theatre and Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris with an Australian Ballet co-production.

In 2013 Deborah won the Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Production for Terrain. Later that year she made her choreographic and directorial debut, creating a short dance film titled dive for Bangarra's season of Dance Clan 3, going on to create I.B.I.S as part of the lore national season in 2015. 

Her inspiration comes from her family, especially her parents who come from opposite ends of the world, with cultural backgrounds that enrich her and teach her to celebrate her heritage.

  • 2013 - Helpmann Award for Best Female Dancer in a Dance or Physical Theatre Work.

"What drives me as a Bangarra dancer is a deep sense of representing the resilience and beauty of our people through such a sensual and intelligent medium. I feel we break negative stereotypes and I find that particularly important with our current political climate globally." - Deborah Brown

“a new beauty is emerging. Deborah Brown, particularly expressive and strong”

Sun Herald