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Debbie Patterson is a Winnipeg-based playwright, director and actor. She is the Artistic Director of Sick + Twisted Theatre and a disability consultant on projects across Canada.
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Debbie Patterson is a playwright, director and actor. Trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, she is a founder of Shakespeare in the Ruins (SIR), served as Artistic Director for Popular Theatre Alliance of MB, Theatre Ambassador for Winnipeg’s Cultural Capital year and as Artistic Associate at Prairie Theatre Exchange 2012 to 2018. In 2016, Debbie became the first physically disabled actor to play Richard III in a professional Canadian production with SIR. In 2014 she was selected for the United Nations Platform for Action Committee’s Activist Award and was honoured with the Mayor’s Making a Mark Award in 2017. She is a proud advocate for disability arts through her work as the Artistic Director of Sick + Twisted Theatre and as a disability consultant/dramaturge on numerous projects across Canada. She lives a wheelchair-enabled life in Winnipeg and in a cabin on the shore of Lake Winnipeg with her partner and collaborator, Arne MacPherson.

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I found a copy of “The Sensuous Woman” and “The Sensuous Man” on the bookshelf in our home when I was a preteen. I can’t believe they were just shelved there for me to find! But I removed them from the shelves and kept them under my mattress. I was busted when I took them to a sleepover and loaned them to my friend. Her parents found them and returned them, much to the embarrassment of my parents. I never saw the books again.

“This thing of darkness I acknowledge mine.”

It is a line from the Tempest, when Prospero acknowledges that Caliban’s antisocial behaviour is a reflection of Prospero’s own behaviour. It’s about accepting, loving, forgiving and integrating the parts of the self we are more prone to deny, hate, resent and distance. It’s about recognizing and holding ourselves accountable for our own capacity for evil.

Definitely a cluttered desk person!

How will I get everything done? I definitely wake up stressing about whatever project I’m working on.

Oh, how I would love to be a senator! I’m ambitious for a seat in the red chamber. Ha ha!

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