Assistant Director, Children’s Theater Workshop/Peppermint Players has proudly served as Choreographer of the Peppermint Players for 30 years. In addition to her work with the Peppermint Players, she is also Founder and Artistic Director of New Jersey Tap Dance Ensemble. This St. Louis native and distinguished tap professional is a recipient of some of tap dancing’s most prestigious awards including the Flo-Bert Award from The New York’s Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day; the Hoofer Award from the American Tap Dance Foundation; the Living Treasure Award from Oklahoma City University; Savion Glover’s Award in recognition of National Tap Dance Day and the Living Legend Award in Flint, Michigan for her extraordinary contribution to the art form of tap dancing. The protégé of Leslie “Bubba” Gaines of the Copasetics and student of Broadway Choreographer Henry LeTang, her many credits include The Cotton Club Motion Picture, Broadway and Paris productions of Black and Blue, PBS Great Performances, 5 international tours with the legendary Cab Calloway, a partnership with Philadelphia native Germaine Goodson as The Rhythm Queens and second generation Silver Bells, Geraldine Kennedy, Founder, honoring the dancing divas of Harlem.
Having attained a Masters Degree in Social Work from Indiana-Purdue University, Ms. Mitchell is a strong advocate for arts education. A master teacher and motivational speaker, Ms. Mitchell has inspired hundreds of children in education venues especially in New Jersey and throughout the tri-state. She also provides In-Service Training to teachers and dance educators throughout the state. Ms. Mitchell was instrumental in establishing tap dance as a technique to be offered to children participating in the NJPAC Dance Academy. She served as Chairman of the Tap Department of Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts, Montclair, NJ for 8 years, is on the advisory Board of Tony Waag’s Tap City in NY and is one of the many subjects included in Tap Dancing America, A Cultural History by Constance Valis Hill.
Assistant Director of The Workshop Deborah Mitchell