After Sara Paul spent 9+ years designing products, web blasts, catalogs, the website and whatever else was left on her desk at Blue Q (www.blueq.com), she and Deborah embarked Mighty Acorn Design because…why not? She had the pleasure and honor of speaking at the Alt Summit NYC Conference on Online Marketing and at Parsons the New School for Design for Product Marketing as well as teaching graphic design at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. She grew up outside of Philadelphia, graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in acting through the Atlantic Theater Company’s Acting School then studied radio production at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. In August of 2015, she relocated from Berkshires to Los Angeles with her husband, Michael Dowling and their 2 daughters who continue to forget to put their toothbrushes in the toothbrush holder that we bought specifically for that purpose.
Deborah Sims has been producing stuff for a long time. From 1000 products for gift manufacturer Blue Q to an original musical featuring inner city teens inside Boston’s City Hall to special events featuring James Taylor and Billy Joel to a puppet play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to a documentary and narrative short in the Film Festival circuit. Pulling this off has had her getting her hands dirty in public relations, marketing, audience development, fundraising, social media, government relations, grant writing, art direction, illustration, strategic planning, brand development, printing, web strategies, and budgeting. Her people skills are vast and she can wrangle, coerce, charm, negotiate to make…well just about anything happen. She prides herself for having worked side by side some of the most interesting, talented, smart, demanding and crazy people in the world in such companies as Boston Youth Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Blue Q, Outcast Café Theatrix, Barrington Stage, and The Dream Away Lodge.