Debra Leigh Is..... “artivist and edu-preneur”, a professional writer, playwright, singer, film-maker, educator, dramaturg, editor, arts administrator, public speaker and activist, often all at the same time. 

In addition to her own creative work, Debra Leigh is passionate about working with other artists.  She founded Hidden River Arts nearly a decade ago, and has grown the organization so that it now includes gallery events, an independent small press, yearly writing competitions, outreach and educational activities.  Wanting to be a "creative catalyst" for other artists, Debra is dedicated to helping other creative people to grow and develop. In addition to Hidden River's activities, Debra also works individually with fellow writers, with manuscript consultation, all levels of editing, and developmental support at all stages, from concept through to publication and on to promotion.  It's all about creative growth and discovery.  

One of her recent projects is a documentary film and companion book, both called 'Junct: The Trashing of Higher Ed. in America, which addresses the corporate colonization of academic culture in the U.S. - and now increasingly happening around the world.  

As if that isn't enough, Debra Leigh also provides an expansive list of communication, writing and editing services for a select group of clients, with her company, DLS Communications

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Appearances and Activities
The summer was dedicated to our Hidden River Arts 20th anniversary fundraiser and celebration, as well as to launching a few new arts programs.  The fall begins the academic routine.  We continue with interviews for the documentary, 'Junct: The Trashing of Higher Ed. in America, and in finishing the companion book of the same name.  So, activities outside of Philadelphia will be kept to a minimum for a while, except for the documentary travel. As those interviews are lined up, they will be added to the schedule here. Check out more information about 'Junct here.
Of course, if you are interested in scheduling a reading, or a talk, or a screening of the film-in-process, please don't hesitate to email and we'll compare calendars! 
May 21 - DaVinci Arts Alliance "Arts and Activism" presentation.
June 7 - Hidden River Arts 20th Anniversary and First-Ever Fundraiser, L'Etage
June 15 - July 20 - Writers' Workshop, The Pickwick Room, Cavanaugh's Head House 
July 26 - Hidden River Live Arts Event, Cavanaugh's Head House, Philadelphia, PA
August 28-30 - Writing From the Chakras weekend retreat, St. Raphael Center, Haverford, PA
September 16 - Panel Discussion, "Exit the King", Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium,  Walnut Street Theatre, Independent #3
September 23 - October 28 - Writers' Workshop, The Pickwick Room, Cavanaugh's Head House, Phila, PA
November 29 - Eludia Winner Book Launch Live Arts Event, the Rigger Room, Cavanaugh's Head House, Phila, PA 
December 16-18 - 'Junct Interview Tour 
February 14 - "Russian Romance" - a panel celebrating Gogol, Russia and Romance, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
February 21 - "The Government Inspector" Gogol, Corruption and Russian Tragi-farce, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA
For information on any of these events, or to inquire about arranging an event, workshop or lecture, please
February 29 - March 1, 2016 - Charleston, South Carolina Arts Tour
May 20-22 - The Left Forum, "Exit the Edu-Factory" - a panel discussion about alternative options for international higher education - the ways to replace the American corporatized university.  Also, a screening of "'Junct: The Trashing of Higher Ed. in America"