Pat Henman is a veteran of the Canadian theatre and the recording arts industry. Originally from Nova Scotia, Pat and her family have made Nelson, BC their home since 2000. She has a degree in Theatre from Dalhousie University, plus further studies in Creative Writing through University of BC. Pat has performed, directed and produced, theatre/concerts across Canada. She is the recipient of awards in music and television. Pat is the 2018 recipient of a Special Citation in recognition for her “considerable Contribution to Arts, Culture and Heritage in the City of Nelson, BC.” She was nominated for the Courage to Come Back Award in 2015. Pat has spent many years on local non-profit boards, most recently the Chair of the Capitol Theatre, Nelson. She is an appointed director of the Pacific Regional Victims Advisory Committee, an active volunteer for MADD Canada, and a provincial council member for the British Columbia Arts Council.
Pat’s memoir, Beyond the Legal Limit, her first non-fiction book based on her experience surviving a collision with a drunk driver in 2013, will be published in February 2021 by Caitlin Press. The manuscript is currently being adapted for the stage as a dramatic presentation with music through a Canada Council Research and Creation Grant and is pleased to be part of the Civic Theatre Residency program as part of the development stage.
“As I age and new experiences open themselves to me, tragic as some may be, I have had to dig deep to figure out how I want to express myself. One way for me to share my experience is through my art. My story needs to be presented in the only way that makes sense to me: as a dramatic piece with music. I see it as more than a book story—it is a dramatic theatrical piece with all the components I know so well. I communicate through drama, music, staging, pauses, moments, beats, engagement, social statements, and collaboration—those are my elements.”