Debby founded the Westside Circus in 1996 and was instrumental in shaping the social circus movement in Australia. The Westside Circus continues to be a highly regarded training ground for socially engaged circus trainers, teachers, administrators, technicians, theatre makers, performers and producers that serve the arts and health sectors globally.
Debby has collaborated with organisations including Kids’ Own Publishing, Kids Thrive, Outer Urban Projects and Green Room Awards and many individual artists. She has assisted with visioning, concept development, business planning, capacity building, training and fundraising.
Debby has personally raised over $8 million towards social and cultural arts activity in Australia. She is a fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program, a recipient of an Australia Council Community Arts and Cultural Development Fellowship (2016 – 2017) and was a National Arts Strategies (NAS) Creative Community Fellow (2019-2020).