Hi! I’m Fleur Alys Dobbins (Née Phillips). For a long time known as the alliterative “Fleur Phillips”. Grad students in theatre school used to use my name as a vocal warm up. Then I married Peter Dobbins. No more alliteration. But a lot more love.
I’m a writer/blogger, playwright, songwriter and spent recent years as a spiritual director and more (see on extended bio). In the recent past I walked with my family through the tumultuous process of watching my Mom (Grandmother) suffer from Alzheimer’s. Much of this blog is a testament to “Mom”, a companion piece to the writing of my musical, Hushabye, (about not knowing my mother was really my grandmother… much later than one should know these things), as well as part grief diary in the hopes of helping you, who might have traveled this same arduous journey.
I am at heart a cheerleader devoted to inspiring you to “go it” one more day, one more time, even if you have to fail gloriously in front of the world. Being from Texas, it’s necessary to go big or go home.
What else? The big bullet points are:
- I found out my mom was my grandmother when I was 9, and then no one spoke of it for another 25 years.
- I suffered from intense impacted fibroids that grew so large I had a uterus the size of a 6 months pregnancy but then … a miracle!
- I experienced a miraculous conversion late in life at the same time I was reunited with my first love after a 28 year separation. (That’s the “Dobbins” part.) And that’s a good story.
- I can’t not mention God. I love Him so. I am also Catholic so the Blessed Mother is called upon to intercede, as well as the cloud of witnesses above. As you will read.
I look forward to sharing these stories and more and hearing yours as well.
All The Things....
Fleur Alys Dobbins is a professional actor and singer whose resume spans work across New York, Los Angeles, London and many regional theaters throughout the country. Beginning as a child actor at the age of 4, she studied all forms of dance, theatre, and art leading her to receiving a BFA, (specialization in acting), from Southern Methodist University; one of the most prestigious theatre schools in the United States. She was then accepted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art where she received a certificate of study in their specialization program: Acting Shakespeare.
Having worked on and off Broadway, she has had the good fortune to share the stage with Tony Award winner Bill Irwin (Scapin), Emmy award winner Andre De Shields (Gulliver), Stephen Tobolowsky (Heartbreak House), Kathleen Chalfant (Whistler’s Mummy), as well as Petula Clark & David Cassidy (Blood Brothers). In the recording studio, she has worked on countless new musicals including the Sweet Potato Queens written by Grammy Award winner, Melissa Manchester. In addition, she has originated several roles in new plays-in-development in the New York and Los Angeles theatre arenas (Playwrights Horizons, York Theatre Company, Sacred Fools) as well as performed regionally in plays and musicals at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, Denver Center Theatre, Studio Arena Theatre, Paper Mill Playhouse and many more. Most recently, Fleur was seen as Lizzie in the Blackfriars Repertory/Storm Theatre production of The Rainmaker (Sheen Center), the New York world premieres of The Fight and Deconstruction by Jonathan Leaf (Storm Theatre) and was awarded Outstanding Actress in a Short Subject Play for her portrayal of Paula in Between Men (Midtown International Theatre Festival).
While in LA her Film and TV credits grew to include Strong Medicine, Late Night with Conan O’Brien (NY), Yellow, Labels, Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday, and Mr. Pleasant to name a few.
Fleur is a playwright/composer and has written a one-woman musical, Who’s My Girl, which has had readings in New York and Los Angeles. Currently in development is a full-length rock opera called Hushabye based on her childhood.
Fleur is the Associate Artistic Director of the Storm Theatre Company (an Off-Broadway theatre company founded in 1997 by her husband, Artistic Director Peter Dobbins, dedicated to “Making the world more beautiful; one play at a time.”)
Educating Children in the Creative Arts:
Fleur is devoted to enriching the lives of children through the creative arts, having worked with children for over 30 years. At the age of 15 when, after attending The Reeder School in Ft. Worth, Texas (a renowned acting, movement and painting school for children specializing in English, Indian and French classics and helmed by Flora Blanc Reeder), she was apprenticed as a student teacher. She has taught after-school enrichment programs in the areas of musical theatre and improvisation, served as choreographer and dance captain professionally as well as guest instructor the HELP School (LA), and has directed many youth productions such as Peter Pan, The Lion King, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In addition, she served as performance and vocal coach to aspiring young pop and Broadway stars (tweens, teens, and young adults) at the Hollywood Pop Academy in Los Angeles. Fleur founded Creative Dramatics with Fleur, classes for children in improv and musical theatre where she taught in both New York and Austin, TX. In the last 8+ years Fleur has become widely known in Manhattan’s upper east and west side as a Certified Early Childhood Music Specialist leading music classes for families with infants as young as 6 weeks up to age four.
For a full list of professional credits see Actor’s Access. Fleur is a member of the Screen Actors Guild and Actors’ Equity.