Global Conference 2010

Speaker's Biography

Debra Black

Broadway Producer; Co-Founder and Chair, Melanoma Research Alliance

Debra Black is Co-Founder and Chair of the Melanoma Research Alliance. A melanoma survivor, she learned first-hand that new insights about cancer have not translated into significant clinical benefits for most patients with advanced melanoma. In 2007, Black and her husband, Leon, decided to accelerate progress toward a cure and founded the Melanoma Research Alliance, a center of the Milken Institute. A Tony Award—winning Broadway producer, Black serves on the boards of Lincoln Center Theater, the New York State Council on the Arts and Rockefeller University. Her productions include "The History Boys" and "August: Osage County," "Butley," "The Vertical Hour," "The Year of Magical Thinking," "Deuce," "Inherit the Wind," "Frost/Nixon," "Coram Boy," "Gypsy," "Thurgood," "The Country Girl," "Mary Stuart," "Superior Donuts" and "A Behanding in Spokane." Black received a bachelor's degree from Barnard College.

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