Debbie Patterson

Member since 2009

Past work:

Debbie is a founder and current ensemble member of Shakespeare in the Ruins.  She’s been involved in most of their productions to date as an actor, director, composer, playwright and text coach. Favourite roles include the nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Titania in Midsummer Night’s Dream and Jenny in The Threepenny Opera.

Directing credits include The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth for Shakespeare in the Ruins, Saint Joan for Theatre by the River and a number of productions for the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.

She has written a number of adaptations of Robert Munsch stories for Prairie Theatre Exchange which have been produced at theatres across the country. Her first full-length musical, Head, about the last days of Anne Boleyn, enjoyed a sold out run at Shakespeare in the Ruins. Her play Molotov Circus, which she wrote for her family to perform, was nominated for the Harry Rintoul Award and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Current work

Currently I’m working on a first draft of a new play called Champagne Breakfast. It’s based on a Short Shot (at PTE's 2006 Carol Shields Festival of New Works) of the same name. The play begins with two women: a wife and a mistress, getting their drunken and ill-planned revenge on the man who has been playing them both for years. Then the play works backwards to explore the first time these two women meet, the affects of the father’s affair on the couple’s son, the beginnings of the affair and ends with a time when the marriage was new and strong.

I also have a play in development called Ruthless, about a Riot Grrrl punk band reuniting after a 15 year hiatus. That play was workshopped and read as part of Sarasvati’s FemFest in 2009. It’s currently lying fallow but will be re-cultivated in due time.

I’m wrote a short piece that was part of PTE’s Carol Shields Fest Opening Gala in 2010. This piece was created in collaboration with musician Greg Lowe and choreographer Stephane Leonard and was performed by students of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

My next play will be a one-person show which I’ll write for myself to perform. It is tentatively titled How it Ends: Tuktoyuktuk and Me, about global warming and  living with a degenerative condition.