Gail & Robert Deschamps
About the artist
Gail Deschamps: Writer/Director
Gail Deschamps is the former Artistic Director of Florida Shakespeare Festival and GMT Productions—a national touring theatre company. Over her career, she has written many plays for the theatre, and her librettos for Two Gentlemen of Verona and Lewis and Clark were honored with rave reviews from the national press and received Southeastern US touring grants.
Gail holds a BA in Theatre with an English Minor from the University of Miami. She studied writing under Nobel Laureate, Isaac Bashevis Singer and received an Individual Artist Grant in theatre from the Georgia Arts Council.
A recognized playwright and lyricist, Gail now collaborates with her husband, Robert on writing suspense-thrillers. Their novel Buried Demons has just been published. Gail is currently working on a memoir entitled, Jimmy Hoffa, Where are you? And in the fall she will be directing Tennessee Williams’A Streetcar Named Desire. She and her husband, Robert live in a hundred year old house in Rome Georgia with their dog, Teddy.
Born in Haiti, educated in France and Canada, Robert Deschamps heralds from a long line of historical figures. His family’s Chateau Luc de Bearn dates back to the 700’s and is designated a French National Monument. A one-time home to The Inquisition as well as hiding place for 42 Jews during WWII, Robert has used Luc-de-Bearn as background for his thriller, The Bonn Conspiracy and more recently as home to Giovanni Greco, the Mafia Don of Buried Demons.
As publisher of Maison Deschamps in Port au Prince Haiti, CEO of a New York public company and Shipping Magnate in Miami, Florida, Robert’s colorful life has served him well in his thriller writing. In 1990, he retired from the business world to write full time. His novel The Bonn Conspiracy was published in England, and his adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (set in Cuba with Caesar portayed as Fidel Castro) was produced by Florida Shakespeare Festival to rave reviews from the Florida Press and Washington DC’s Shakespeare Quarterly. Robert and his wife have received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Rome Area Council for the Arts and are proud to call Rome home for the past 20 years.