deby xiadani
deby xiadani
director of live performance & emcee

Hello! I'm a director, producer & emcee who loves new work & dark comedy!


About moi

deby xiadani (pronounced She-Ah-Dawn-Nee) is the winner of the Most Likely to Make Friends Riding the Subway Award.

deby is an American-Mexican theater and sketch director and writer. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Neuroscience and Theater.

Since graduating in 2015, deby has been invited back to Dartmouth 7 times to direct, perform, and produce events such as: Dartmouth’s Call to Lead Campaign, Dartmouth Reunions, Dartmouth Idol, senior thesis projects and the Frost Festival Play Award winners.

How to spark conversation with deby? Ask about the socially created annoyances of womanhood, Zumba for seniors (she’s a certified instructor), political parodies, or be on the same subway car as her.


"None of the stress, all of the heart."

-The Greenblatt News, written & directed by deby

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Artist Résumé


B.A. Neuroscience and Theater
Dartmouth College, Hanover NH
Fall 2011 to Spring 2015

Directing & Producing

The Tank, “Good Cooks, No Looks!” Comedy Cooking Show
Creator, Co-Producer, Host, 2018 to Present

NY Summer Festival, “Leurana,” by Enrique Huili
Director and Line Producer, August 2018

Dartmouth College, “Call to Lead” Capital Campaign  
Line Producer, 2018

Craters (by Elise Wien) Staged Reading, Corkscrew Festival, NYC August 2018

Ride Sally Ride (by Rosalind Grush) The Tank, NYC (7x7 Festival) August 2018

By Jacqueline Wright (by Jacqueline Wright) Co-Directed with Michaela Escarcega, The Tank, NYC (Lady Festival) August 2018

Craters (by Elise Wien) Staged Reading, Pete’s Candy Store, NYC (Pete’s Reading Series), August 2018

Class of 1963 Cabaret (by Paul Binder) Moore Theater, Hanover, NH July 2018

Craters (by Elise Wien) Staged Reading, Bentley Theater, NH (Winner: Eleanor Frost Playwright Festival) August 2017

As They Rode Along The Edge by Leonora Carrington (by Book Club) A Devised Student Presentation, Bentley Theater, NH (Vox Theater Festival) July 2017

Third Night, A Passover Play (by Elise Wien) Staged Reading, Bentley Theater, (Student Thesis) June 2017

Sirens (by Alisa Sniderman) Staged Reading, Exquisite Corpse Company, July 2016

Blue Stockings (by Jessica Swale) Bentley Theater, November 2014

*The Pillowman (by Martin McDonagh) Bentley Theater, May 2014 *Honorable Mention, Gurdin Directing Award

Assistant Directing

Here Today (by Bob Stevens) Dir. by Carol Dunne, Northern Stage, VT 2015

Blithe Spirit (by Noel Coward) Dir. by Lillian King, Northern Stage, VT 2015

Orwell in America (by Joe Sutton) Dir. by Peter Hackett, Northern Stage, VT 2015

Billy Elliot, El Musical (by Elton John and Lee Hall) Dir. by Gabriel Barre, Prod. by Alejandro Gou, Centro Cultural II, Ciudad de Mexico, MX, 2016-2017

Orwell in America (by Joe Sutton, w/ Jamie Horton & Jeanna De Waal) Dir. by Peter Hackett, 59E59 Theaters, New York, NY 2016

Emcee + Personality

Gavin McInnes Show (Special Guest) episode #185, NY 2016

Glamourpuss Comedy Show (Performer) by Krystyna Hutchinson & Wendi Starling, Zinc Bar, NY 2016

Dartmouth Idol Semi-Finals (Emcee) Spaulding Auditorium, NH 2016

Birthday Celebration (Emcee) One Soul Productions, VT, 2015

Dartmouth Idol Semi-Finals (Co-Emcee) Spaulding Auditorium, NH 2015

Seeds of Hope for Haiti (Emcee) Sacred Heart Church, CT 2018

Dartmouth Idol Finals (Guest Judge) Spaulding Auditorium, NH 2018

Dartmouth Idol Semi-Finals (Guest Judge) Spaulding Auditorium, NH 2018

Dartmouth Idol Finals (Guest Judge) Hosted with Rachel Dratch, Spaulding Auditorium, NH 2017

Dartmouth Idol Finals (Guest Judge) Hosted with Rachel Dratch, Spaulding Auditorium, NH 2017

Birthday Extravaganza (Emcee) One Soul Productions, FL, 2016

Leadership & Volunteer

The Bridge Production Group: Hedda, Production Volunteer, 2017

New York Cares, Volunteer,

PRELUDE Theater Festival, Volunteer, NYC, Fall 2015

Northern Stage, Education Intern, VT
Winter 2015

New York Theater Workshop, Producing Intern in Hanover, NH, 2013

Class of 2015 Alumni Council
Vice President, Dartmouth College, 2015-Present 

Distinguished Alumni Awards Committee
Council Member, Buckingham Browne & Nichols, 2018-Present

Guerrilla Science Symposium, Volunteer, Pratt Institute
November 2018

The Public Theater: Under The Radar Festival, Volunteer, January 2018

Professional References

Harriet Leve
Broadway Producer
Leve Productions, NY

Peter Hackett
Dartmouth College, NH

Rosalind Grush
Artistic Director
The Tank, NY

Joshua Price Kol
Managing Directing
Hopkins Center for the Arts, NH



I’ve never worked with a director who made me feel so comfortable to explore so quickly
— Elyse Steingold, New York Actor
I don’t want to work with anyone else after working with you [deby]!
— Enrique Huili, Author & Actor of Leurana
When are we working together again?
— Michaela Escarcega, Co-Director of By Jacqueline Wright

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