Heather Debling

Associate Member

Heather Debling is a playwright and fiction writer based in Stratford, Ontario. The Maple Leaves, a WWI drama based on real-life concert party groups, premiered at SpringWorks, Stratford's juried indie theatre and arts festival, in May 2013. The play was also part of the piece/meal reading series at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival in 2010 and received an honourable mention in the 2011 Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition.

She has studied with Vern Thiessen and was a participant in Brad Fraser’s Finding Fresh Voices workshop. She is a member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada and is a Teaching Assistant for Sarah Selecky's The Story Intensive. She complted Humber College's Creative Writing By Correspondence Program in 2014, earning a Letter of Distinction (mentor Miranda Hill).

Her fiction has appeared in The Antigonish Review, Room and Agnes and True. The Virigin Birth" came second in the 2013 Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest, and "Somewhere Warm, With No Snow" was nominated by Agnes and True for the 2016 Journey Prize.

Her latest play The Antigone Project was developed with the support of Nightwood Theatre's Write From the Hip program under the guidance of Director/Dramaturge Andrea Donaldson. A public reading of the play was held as part of Nightwood's 2015 Groundswell Festival.