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The Rehearsal Club
Inc. 2019



​​​​​​​​​​​"Dedicated to telling the story of The Rehearsal Club, to preserving its
legacy and to inspire and support future generations of aspiring young artists."


DeBorah Sharpe-Taylor
RC 1979
DEBORAH SHARPE-TAYLOR  became a Rehearsal Club resident when she moved to NYC after touring for a year and a half as a Dorothy understudy and cast member of the first National Touring Company of The Wiz
She hails from Joliet, Illinois. DeBi earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Oral Roberts University (ORU) Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended ORU on a full vocal scholarship where she majored in Telecommunications and minored in Music.  She later earned her MBA from the University of Phoenix.  She has trained as an actor and vocalist, in both NYC and in Hollywood, CA.

DeBorah began singing in church and later in school choirs.  While at ORU, she appeared on National TV as a singer on “Oral Roberts and You”, the first weekly TV Ministry.  At an early age, her instrumental musical training began with piano and viola.  Immediately after high school, she toured with The SPURRLOWS and after graduating from ORU, toured as the third member of the SUPREMES with Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong.  She has performed as a back-up vocalist for artists such as Harry Belafonte and Barry White and groups like SOUL II SOUL. 

Additionally, DeBorah sang as a vocalist and actor working in musical theatre and touring.  Beginning with various productions of The Wiz, and THE SUPREMES, later she was in the original cast of Little Shop of Horrors in NYC.  Her late husband, Ron Taylor was the original voice of Audrey II, in Little Shop, and Bleeding Gums Murphy in The Simpsons. He created the Broadway hit musical, It Ain't Nothin But The Blues (1998), which received four Tony Award nominations.  DeBorah served as the Vocal Director and understudy in productions of this musical.  She has acted in many productions including Violet, Storyville, Letters To Harriet Tubman and Eubie!  

In addition to currently singing with LIFE CHOIR (HB Barnum), and the Metropolitan Master Chorale (Glen Carlos), her vocal credits include performances with Michael Jackson, Barry White, Stevie Wonder, and Andre Crouch, among others; films A Time to Kill, Road Dogs and a currently Untitled Sia Project.  She’s Chloe in the web series, Last Girl Standing, featured in the GARY OWENS GOES TO A BLACK CHURCH comedy sketch,  been seen on commercials for McDonald’s, Rite Aid, The Ad Council, numerous Voice Over and Print campaigns as well as Prime Time TV shows including The Neighbors (ABC), Code Black (CBS) and, American Idol (ABC).
Presently, she serves as a National Councilor for the Western Region for Actor’s Equity and is the Founding Director of her own nonprofit choir United Voices of Peace, and on the board of The Performing Arts for Life and Education Foundation, both of which serve as a way she gives back to the community.

Formerly a Vocal Instructor at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in LA, DeBorah now serves in that capacity on staff at the MUSICIANS INSTITUTE in Hollywood.  At MI, DeBorah teaches Jazz Vocals, R&B Vocals, Gospel Choir, Vocal Performance, and Private Lessons. She considers it an honor and privilege to share her knowledge with eager growing musicians young and old.