Deborah Pearson (born 1983) is a British and Canadian theatre producer, playwright, librettist and live artist born in Toronto, Canada.
She is founder and co-director of Forest Fringe, winner of the 2009 Peter Brook Empty Space Award, a Fringe First and three Herald Angels. In 2010 she won a Herald Angel for her solo show Like You Were Before at the Edinburgh Festival and was shortlisted for the Total Theatre Award for Innovation and the Arches Brick Award. That year she was also listed as one of the 100 most influential people in UK theatre along with Forest Fringe co-director Andy Field.
She frequently collaborates with Volcano Theatre in Canada for whom she recently wrote a modern English libretto for Handel's Clori, Tirsi e Fileno renamed A Synonym for Love performed at the Gladstone Hotel with CMC.
In 2012, she curated the inaugural Live Art Series at the SummerWorks Performance Festival in Toronto featuring a 40 day performance installation by performance artist Nina Arsenault. In 2007 she ran an Advice Booth on Brick Lane giving £1 advice with Morgan McBride. This booth was the subject of a documentary by Current TV and has appeared at Latitude Music Festival.
- The Queen West Project In collaboration with Allison Cummings. 12–23 September 2012 at in the Theatre Beyond Walls season at Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto
- A Synonym for Love, Directed by Ross Manson. 20–31 August 2012 at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto
- The Future Show, Written and performed by Deborah Pearson. 7 April 2012 at the Basement; 20 April 2012 at the Gate; 10–12 January 2013 at BAC
- Like You Were Before, Written and performed by Deborah Pearson. April 2010 at BAC; Edinburgh Festival 2010; The Junction, STK Airport, PAC, Arnolfini, Broadway Cinema 2011; Culturgest Lisboa 2012
- The Brain in collaboration with Paul Broks. Produced by Fuel Theatre as part of the "Bodypods" series. 12 April 2012.
- p. 39, The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide Methuen Drama, 2012
- Bosanquet, Theo. on Stage "Forest Fringe wins at 20th Empty Space Awards". Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- Pearson, Deborah. Blog "Why is Forest Fringe Free?". Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- Cooper, Neil. "Let's face it we're winners". Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- Nestruck, Kelly. "Canadians making waves in Edinburgh, London, New York, Chicago". Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- Smith, Allistair. "The Stage 100 in Full". Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- "A Synonym for Love". Volcano.ca. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- Kaplan, Jon. "A Synonym For Love | NOW Magazine". Nowtoronto.com. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- J. Kelly Nestruck (2012-08-09). "SummerWorks tears down the fourth wall". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- By Londonist. "Interviews…Advice Booth". Londonist. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- "The £1 Advice Booth // Current TV". Current.com. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- Nosheen Iqbal (2010-07-19). "Latitude festival: Shakespeare, Swan Lake and Empire of the Sun steal the show | Nosheen Iqbal | Culture | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- Coulbourn, John (2012-09-17). "Project, Toy Box filled with delights | Stage | Entertainment". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- "Passe Muraille opens season with outdoor fest". Toronto: thestar.com. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- "A Synonym for Love review: Truly delicious". Toronto: thestar.com. 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- "Postcards from the Gods: Forest Fringe at the Gate – 11". Postcardsgods.blogspot.ca. 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- Lyn Gardner (2011-04-08). "One-on-One Festival – review | Stage". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- Lyn Gardner (2010-08-10). "Melanie Wilson & Abigail Conway; Deborah Pearson | Theatre review | Culture | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- guardian.co.uk (2012-04-12). "Audio - The Brain by Deborah Pearson and Paul Broks | Culture | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-10-19.
- Wilkinson, Chris (2011-05-05). "Noises off: The other side of the dramatic narrative story | Stage | guardian.co.uk". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-10-19.