Debbie Patterson is a Winnipeg playwright, director and actor. Currently she is serving as Artistic Associate at Prairie Theatre Exchange and Writer in Residence at the University of Winnipeg. She is an alumnus of the National Theatre School of Canada and the former Artistic Director of the Popular Theatre Alliance of Manitoba. She is a founding member of Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR) and has been involved in most of SIR’s productions as an actor, director, playwright, text coach or composer.
Her musical Head, about the final days of Anne Boleyn was produced in 2006 by SIR. Her other plays include Candy From a Baby and Molotov Circus, which was nominated for the Harry Rintoul Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She served as Dramaturge for Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers’ recent piece 97 Positions of the Heart.
Directing credits include Stripped Down Macbeth and Taming of the Shrew for SIR and Saint Joan for Theatre by the River. She lives in Winnipeg with her family – Arne MacPherson, Gislina Patterson and Solmund (Salty) MacPherson.