What Has Debra Leigh Been Up To?

....an “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 over two decades 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.  She continues with her fiction and dramatic writing; there are always many projects in development at the same time. 

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 in various business sectors, with her company, DLS Communications

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The end of summer marked the one year anniversary of an enormous life change - leaving university teaching life, and shifting into the many other projects that I had determined to now give my full attention.  Last autumn saw the expansion of our Hidden River awards program as well as the publishing of our fourth Eludia Award winner, and the naming of our fifth winner.
This fall will see the publication of that fifth Eludia winner, and the naming of the sixth, as well as the naming of the winners of the new awards inaugurated over the course of last year.  We are also launching a new imprint, Many Frog Press, which will publish books on arts, arts education and alternative education.  Our first title on Many Frog will be Your Voice, Your Instrument: Learning to Play by Jeff Lesser.  Following our blog at Hidden River Arts provides the most updated information on our activities there.
The winter activities will be: continuing to working on my own creative projects, which include the documentary film, 'Junct: The Trashing of Higher Ed. in America and a new collection of short stories, Crossing the Line.  I've completed a new novel, Blue Roses.  It has also been a joyous time of music, since I've returned to singing cabaret.  
Last year was a year of travel - to Florence, Orvieto and Rome during a glorious time in Italy, and to Prague, Vienna and Budapest.   Back home once again in Philadelphia, this time will be spent, between now and the end of 2018, in completing the several large projects in process.  But as ever, I am available for readings, for speaking engagements, for screenings.  All you have to do is email me at debraleighscott@gmail.com and we can talk details and dates!