Easily described as a creative disruptor, award-winning innovator, Debora Balardini is the co-founder of PUNTO Space, Nettles Artists Collective, and Group .BR. Debora is versed in physical and experimental theater as well as classic and contemporary dance, movement, and performing arts. She credits her accomplishments to her Yoga practice. Just one year after international recognition for Apple of My Eye, a play she directed and co-produced and recent nominations for Inside the Wild Heart, Debora was also recently honored as the SheROCKS 2017 Art Innovator of the Year. Debora, a performer, director, teacher, and social entrepreneur is one of the newest members of the League of Professional Theater Women. When she isn’t running Artistic Affairs at PUNTO, the three-level event venue in Midtown Manhattan she founded with two partners in, she is shaping give-back and social impact initiatives within the arts, cultural, and philanthropy sets such as PUNTO Inspires, PUNTO Gives Back, and PUNTO Arts. Find out how this Beyond Mom stays connected and turns to motherhood for wisdom.
What makes you a Beyond Mom?
What makes me a Beyond Mom is my ability to see the big picture in everything I do–not only with my son, but I also understand so many things happening at any given time in my life and the world around us impacts my role as a mother.
What are the parts of you that have grown and expanded since becoming a Mom?
Ever since I became a mom I have been more aware of myself. My son made me examine my actions much closer than I used to. He is my reflection.
Can you share a collaboration/success story with another woman; what helped the collaboration become successful?
The best success story is about my best friend and business partner Sandie Luna. After being friends for years, we became mothers while launching our event and performance raw space in New York City with our third partner. I had my son and about three years later she had her son, who is now 2 years old (and she just had a baby girl 4 months ago).
Despite the amount of day-to-day chaos we manage to carve out time to be the best arts-focused social entrepreneurs we can possibly be. The theater collective we started together, which is now a resident company at our raw event and performance space was internationally recognized. We support each other as much as possible on a daily basis making sure we keep the community spirit and the love flowing as much as possible.
What relationships help you stay connected to yourself?
I am proud to say that all of my relationships help me stay connected. I only surround myself with people with good energy, that are real and truthful to themselves and others. My husband Duke York is definitely my rock. He is the type of person that really knows how to live in the present moment and that helps me stay connected to myself.
Do you have a ‘Beyond’ dream that you are pursuing?
I consider myself lucky to already have been living my dream. My “Beyond” dream is in the present moment and I am living it!
What wellness activity can you not live without? What is one thing you do daily that balances you?
My wellness activity is Hatha yoga and I do it daily to keep my mind and body balanced.
How does style influence the way you stay feeling ‘Beyond’? Who is currently your favorite designer?
I think that being comfortable is priceless, that makes me feel and stay ‘Beyond’. Vince Camuto has been taking me to that ‘Beyond’ level lately. Having been a theater performer, director, educator, and producer for so many years, comfort is crucial.
Favorite Local Spots that Embody The Beyond Mom:
I love taking long walks by myself in the park by my house in North Bergen, NJ. Sometimes when I want to take a step beyond my quiet walks, I go to Arthur’s Tavern to listen to Sweet Georgia Brown sing some funk and blues. That woman takes my spirit beyond relaxation and fun.
Beyond Cocktails and/or Food:
Mimosas and sag paneer take me ‘Beyond’!
Hatha Yoga is definitely a physical and spiritual practice for me. Every time I step on my yoga mat and start a sun salutation it is like time has not passed. It definitely takes me to a zone of focus and openness of the heart and mind.
Although shopping for clothes is not really my thing, shopping for food is my favorite. Take me to a Whole Foods or a local farmers market and leave me there for about 2 hours.