Debra Leigh Scott
Debra Leigh Scott is a writer, playwright, screenwriter, dramaturge, arts administrator, and educator. Her short story collection, Other Likely Stories, was published by Sowilo Press in June 2010.
Her plays have been performed and showcased in venues such as The New Light Festival of Green Light Arts, the Shubin ArtFest, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.
Ms. Scott has written several short screenplays and is currently working on a book/documentary project called ’Junct: The Trashing of Higher Ed. in America.
As Founding Director of Hidden River Arts, she oversees literary competitions, readings, educational outreach, and the newly launched Hidden River Publishing.
She is also planning the launch of several new projects through Hidden River: a yearly arts and music conference, and several overseas writing retreat activities— one to Havana and the other to Dublin. She has recently returned to singing professionally, and performs as one half of The Cabaret Divas, so far in Philadelphia venues, but with plans for taking their shows on the road on the cabaret festival circuit in 2019.
As an arts and education activist, Ms. Scott has lobbied, written, and spoken on behalf of issues of the corporate takeover of our public education: pay equity for university and K-12 educators, student loan debt, European public education options, homeschooling, special education, as well as the importance of arts in our schools and our society.