Deborah Lee Fong Plays Lead Role in Urban World Film Festival!

Deborah Lee Fong Plays Lead Role as Part of the Urban World Film Festival Live Screenplay Readings

Veteran Actor/Dancer in Theater and on Television Brought Her Unique Talents to the Heart of New York for Special Performances at the 23rd Annual Festival

(New York, NY) — Renowned Actress and Dancer Deborah Lee Fong recently appeared as Agnes in the production of “Secret Santa” during the Live Screenplay Readings as part of this year’s Urban World Film Festival. The event was presented by BET in partnership with the Writers Guild of America East.

Known for her starring and supporting roles in “Footsteps” and “Footsteps 2” on PBS, the film “You and Your Decisions”, and countless national Theater productions, the energetic bilingual Panamanian American performer has been acting and dancing in theater/television for over 30 years. Versatile and engaging, she can seemingly play any character and also specializes in Salsa and pole dancing. Deborah was thrilled to be involved in this year’s festival as Agnes in “Secret Santa”.

The Urbanworld Film Festival, founded in 1997 by Stacy Spikes, is one of the largest internationally competitive festivals of its kind. Each year, they curate a slate of films representing the broadest lens of diversity across stories, characters, themes, and cultures. Urbanworld is a five-day festival, anchored in film, showcasing narrative and documentary features, short films, spotlight screenings and conversations, and live staged screenplay readings. 

We recently asked Deborah some questions for Bout Dat Online!

Where do you hail from? I am from New York City!! Born in the City, raised in Queens and for many years lived in Brooklyn.

How long have you been in the entertainment business? My career has spanned over 30 years with time off for family and children and other opportunities, always using my theatre background to affect change.

How do you spend your time outside of the business? I spend my time exploring outlets that allow me to develop new skills. For example, even though I am not a fan of cooking, I decided one day to bake organic dog biscuits! I went pretty far into this adventure, developed a website, researched recipes, developed a few of my own, and had a customer base!. A fall resulting in a shoulder injury curtailed my budding biscuit company. I am a DIY enthusiast, and can get fairly absorbed in some projects like calligraphy and crocheting.

What are your current thoughts of the entertainment business in 2020? Well, we are all seeing cultural and social shifts in all industries. Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and the focus to end systemic racism and social injustice, I believe we are going to have more authentic stories about who we are and what we hope to see in our nation. We are already experiencing an explosion of super creative uses of technology across all platforms, I hope that will continue.

What have you got planned for the near future? We had been receiving lots of positive feedback just before we entered into the pause, so it is my expectation that once we can resume work safely 2020 will be very productive.

What inspires you when you perform? Discovering the truth of the character and living that truth.

What music are you bumping at the moment? I enjoy all different genres of music, from big band, (thanks to the influence of my grandmothers!); broadway shows;

Where can the world find you on the web? best bet is #Deborahleefong

Do you have anything you’d like to plug or let the people know about? A simple message to stay safe, be well and vote!

For More on Deborah Lee Fong, contact her Manager: 

Mrs. T. Theresa Bastien 647-474-6177

For More on The Urban World Film Festival, visit: 

For Press Inquiries, Contact:

Contact: Rick Eberle |

516-­729-­6872 | rick [AT]

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