Debbie Patterson is a Winnipeg playwright, composer, director and actor. She is an alumnus of the National Theatre School of Canada and the former Artistic Director of the Popular Theatre Alliance of Manitoba (PTAM). Currently she is a member of the Playwright’s Unit and serving as Artistic Associate for Prairie Theatre Exchange. She served as Playwright in Residence for Theatre Projects Manitoba 2013/14 season. In 2010/11 she was the Theatre Ambassador for Winnipeg’s Cultural Capital of Canada celebrations and in 2012 she was the Carol Shields Writer in Residence at the University of Winnipeg.
She is a founding member of Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR) and has served two terms as Artistic Chair of that company. With Shakespeare in the Ruins she has acted in over twenty productions, directed six productions, composed music for four productions, written one full length play and served as text coach for two. She coordinated and delivered a project to provide free weekly drama classes to clients of the Winnipeg Harvest Foodbank. Favourite roles have included Titania, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, and Jenny in Threepenny Opera. Her musical Head, about the final days of Anne Boleyn was produced in 2006 by SIR to a completely sold out run.
Her other plays include Sargent & Victor & Me, Candy From a Baby, and Molotov Circus, which was nominated for the Harry Rintoul Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Her plays for young audiences, adaptations of Robert Munsch stories have been produced by Prairie Theatre Exchange, Festival Antigonish, Carousel Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Quest Theatre, Theatre by the Bay, Thousand Island Playhouse and Bumbershoot Theatre. Directing credits include Taming of the Shrew, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth for SIR, Saint Joan for Theatre by the River and The Crackwalker for Sweet and Salty Collective.
She lives in Winnipeg with her family: Arne MacPherson, Gislina Patterson and Solmund MacPherson.