Before joining the Academy of Music Theatre as its executive director, Debra J’Anthony served as the executive director of the Shea Community Theater in Turners Falls, Mass., for sixteen years. During her tenure there, she was awarded the Community Theater Association Back Stage Award and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate Official Citation. In addition to her work at the Academy, Debra teaches flute and chamber music at Stoneleigh-Burnham and Eaglebrook schools, and has performed as a musician throughout North America and Europe. Her passion for the arts takes many forms. Debra is a published poet, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Springfield Symphony Orchestra and a member of the national planning committee for SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day.