Debbie Z Maciel is a dance artist currently moving and making work in Brooklyn, NY. Unbound by medium Debbie finds creative expression across genres with training in theater, literary & visual arts, while carrying her modern/contemporary dance sensibility including training in contact improvisation, Gaga, and Release technique. Debbie was most recently seen dancing with installation artist Sarah Cameron Sunde in 36 PEAKS at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, with Joanna Mendel Shaw's The Equus Projects creating site-specific dances with horses, and in Washington, D.C as an adjunct artist for the Dance Exchange, working with inter-generational communities. In the past she has also performed with legendary contact improviser Nita Little, evocative performance artist Ann Liv Young, Neta Pulvermacher, Tzveta Kassabova, Shua Group, and Ashley R.T Yergens 

Debbie also has a prolific career as a dance educator, working nationally with communities of all ages, most recently at Wayne State University with Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process, at Jacob’s Pillow as part of a science and arts integration program, and with bilingual communities throughout NYC with Arts by the People and Mi Casita. 

She was recently featured by the NYC Women's Art Collective. Read their editorial here




Under the moniker 'DZ maciel' Debbie makes work that moves through dance, theater, speech, & song. Being equal parts introspection and exposition, Debbie created thought-provoking images with hope of sparking community conversation.

Her current project is TAKE ON ME

an evening-length dance-theater work exploring the negotiation of needs in close relationships, it premiered May 2019 in Williamsburg, BK after showings at Creative Cultural Center,  and residency with NYC Women's Art Collective 















DZ maciel has perfomed at the Kennedy Center, Dixon Place, Situations Gallery, Triskelion Arts, Creative Cultural Center, the Center for Performance Research & the Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance.

                                                        More of DZ's work here