Deborah Pearson

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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,[1] winner of the 2009 Peter Brook Empty Space Award,[2] a Fringe First and three Herald Angels.[3] In 2010 she won a Herald Angel[4] 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7][8]

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.[9] In 2007 she ran an Advice Booth on Brick Lane giving £1 advice with Morgan McBride.[10] This booth was the subject of a documentary by Current TV and has appeared at Latitude Music Festival.[11][12]


  • The Queen West Project In collaboration with Allison Cummings. 12–23 September 2012 in the Theatre Beyond Walls season at Theatre Passe Muraille, Toronto[13][14]
  • A Synonym for Love, Directed by Ross Manson. 20–31 August 2012 at the Gladstone Hotel, Toronto[15]
  • 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[16]
    • Indiscreet, Written and performed by Deborah Pearson with Eleanor Buchan, Caroline Williams and Rea Mole. 29 March - 20 April 2011 at BAC[17]
  • 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[18]


  • The Brain[19] in collaboration with Paul Broks. Produced by Fuel Theatre as part of the "Bodypods" series. 12 April 2012.[19]

Notable publications[edit]


  1. ^ p. 39, The Edinburgh Fringe Survival Guide Methuen Drama, 2012
  2. ^ Bosanquet, Theo. "Forest Fringe wins at 20th Empty Space Awards". What's on Stage. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Pearson, Deborah. "Why is Forest Fringe Free?". Guardian Blog. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Cooper, Neil. "Let's face it we're winners". Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Nestruck, Kelly. "Canadians making waves in Edinburgh, London, New York, Chicago". Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Smith, Allistair. "The Stage 100 in Full". Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "A Synonym for Love" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-10-19. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ Kaplan, Jon. "A Synonym For Love | NOW Magazine". Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  9. ^ J. Kelly Nestruck (2012-08-09). "SummerWorks tears down the fourth wall". Toronto: The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  10. ^ Londonist. "Interviews…Advice Booth". Londonist. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  11. ^ "The £1 Advice Booth // Current TV". Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  12. ^ Nosheen Iqbal (2010-07-19). "Latitude festival: Shakespeare, Swan Lake and Empire of the Sun steal the show | Nosheen Iqbal | Culture |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  13. ^ Coulbourn, John (2012-09-17). "Project, Toy Box filled with delights | Stage | Entertainment". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  14. ^ "Passe Muraille opens season with outdoor fest". Toronto: 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  15. ^ "A Synonym for Love review: Truly delicious". Toronto: 2012-08-21. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  16. ^ "Postcards from the Gods: Forest Fringe at the Gate – 11". 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  17. ^ Lyn Gardner (2011-04-08). "One-on-One Festival – review | Stage". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  18. ^ Lyn Gardner (2010-08-10). "Melanie Wilson & Abigail Conway; Deborah Pearson | Theatre review | Culture |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  19. ^ a b (2012-04-12). "Audio - The Brain by Deborah Pearson and Paul Broks | Culture |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  20. ^ Wilkinson, Chris (2011-05-05). "Noises off: The other side of the dramatic narrative story | Stage |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-10-19. 

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