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Debra Martin Chase: Trailer Screening & Panel Discussion

November 14, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm CST

Debra Martin Chase: Trailer Screening & Panel Discussion

Join us for a panel with Tony Award-winning & Emmy-nominated film, television and Broadway producer Debra Martin Chase.

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Tony Award-winning, Emmy-nominated, and Peabody Award-winning film, television, and Broadway producer Debra Martin Chase returns to The University of Texas at Austin to discuss her work producing blockbuster projects featuring women and Black voices for TV and movie audiences. A panel discussion of Chase’s work will follow a screening of several trailers showcasing Chase’s projects.


  • Natasha Davison — Lecturer, School of Design and Creative Technologies & Producer
  • Adrien Sebro — Assistant Professor, Department of Radio-Television-Film
  • Dr. Aria S. Halliday — Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellow, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies

Martin Chase is the first African American female producer to secure a deal with a major Hollywood studio. Affiliated with the Disney Corporation for fifteen years, Martin Chase Productions is now producing with NBC Universal.

She pioneered the highly successful franchises of young female empowerment such as The Princess Diaries, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and The Cheetah Girls. Film credits include Harriet, starring Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Joe Alwyn, and Janelle Monáe, directed by Kasi Lemmons; Sparkle starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston; Just Wright starring Queen Latifah and Common (Winner of 2011 NAACP Image Award for Best Screenplay); Courage Under Fire starring Denzel Washington and The Preacher’s Wife starring Washington and Houston.

Television credits include the Emmy Award-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella with Brandy Norwood, Whitney Houston and Whoopi Goldberg, the Lifetime Television series Missing and Disney Channel’s original musical Lemonade Mouth. She currently executive produces The Equalizer TV series starring Queen Latifah. In 2022, Chase was a Co-producer, in partnership with Marc Platt, for A Strange Loop and Topdog/Underdog on Broadway.

In 2016, Ms. Chase was awarded the prestigious Ford Foundation Grant to develop projects focused on social justice, diversity and inclusion.

Debra’s IMDB Credits

Event sponsored by The School of Design and Creative Technologies, Nelda Studios, The Cain Foundation, The Department of Radio-Television-Film, The Warfield Center for African and African American Studies & Black Lens


November 14, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm CST
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Texas Union Theatre, 2308 WHITIS AVE, AUSTIN, TX 78712 + Google Map


Texas Union Theatre
2308 WHITIS AVE, AUSTIN, TX 78712 + Google Map
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Department of Radio-Television-Film


Target Audience
Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students, General Public
Department of Radio-Television-Film, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, Film, Global, Industry, Media, Moody College, Storytelling

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