Debbie Patterson is a Winnipeg playwright, director and actor. Currently she is serving as Artistic Associate at Prairie Theatre Exchange and sits on the Arts Advisory Panel of the Manitoba Arts Council. 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. 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 Candy From a Babyand Molotov Circus, which was nominated for the Harry Rintoul Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She has written several adaptations for of Robert Munsch stories for Prairie Theatre Exchange which have gone on to be produced at Festival Antigonish, Carousel Theatre, Neptune Theatre, Quest Theatre, Chemainus Theatre and Bumbershoot Theatre.
Directing credits include Stripped Down Macbethand Taming of the Shrew for SIR and Saint Joanfor Theatre by the River. She lives in Winnipeg with her family: oArne MacPherson, Gislina Patterson and Solmund MacPherson.