My Lover By Deborah Magdalena


The Adrienne Arsht Center invites performing artists in Miami-Dade County to participate in the Center’s new Heart of Art online commissioning project by sharing their “Art in the Time of Coronavirus.” Heart of Art is the first online commissioning program in Miami-Dade County created to inspire new work in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Anxiety is the lover in which Deborah Magdalena – FUNKdalena is choosing to break up with. A spoken word poem over images, sound bites and videos clips, “My Lover” artistically narrates a love-hate relationship we have with mental health.

This is my most vulnerable to date! DM


Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.

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