Debra Tidwell


Debra TidwellDebra Tidwell was a Helen Hayes Award Nominee as Best Actress in a Musical and received the Washington DC Mayor’s Arts Award as Outstanding Emerging Artist for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in the musical Lady Day at Emerson’s Grill.  Ms. Tidwell has appeared in several critically acclaimed one-woman shows, including The Saga of Bluesette, Tell the World About This and I Can See It and in numerous cabarets featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim, Harold Arlen to name a few.  She has sung at major venues throughout the area including Blues Alley and was a featured guest soloist internationally at the San Remo Jazz Festival in San Remo, Italy and in Thailand, Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka.  Ms. Tidwell made her pops concert debut with the Fairfax Symphony.  Known for her creative and artistic styling, Ms. Tidwell performs in a variety of styles including gospel, jazz and musical theater genres and with musical groups of various sizes.  She was a soloist for a recording project for composer Lorin Maazel.  Debra has appeared as a guest soloist for several producing organizations including the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Awards at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center; the Heritage Signature Chorale at the Clarice B. Smith Center;  the Foundry United Methodist Church Concert for Life; the Hay Adams, the National Theater; Lisner Auditorium; Four Seasons and Willard Hotels; the Dumbarton House; Decatur House; Mellon Auditorium; Corcoran Gallery, as well as private events on the Tilghman Island, Nantucket and Newport. Debra has appeared as a guest performer for the Kennedy Center Awards and was a featured soloist in Ella, Duke and Beyond at the Lincoln Theater.  She has also appeared as a guest soloist with the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Men and Women of the Gospel at the Baird Auditorium, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.  Ms. Tidwell is a founding member of the Alliance for New Music Theater.