Pat Henman is a veteran of the Canadian theatre and music industry. Originally from Nova Scotia, Pat is the second youngest of ten siblings, growing up in a family filled with music and art. As a professional actor and singer, Pat toured the country for most of the 1980s, before settling down in Dawson City, Yukon in 1989. Pat and her family, husband Larry and three children, Zoe, Maia and Liam, have made Nelson, BC their home since 2000. She has a degree in Theatre from Dalhousie University, vocal studies at the Halifax Music Conservatory, and Creative Writing at Selkirk College through UBC. She attended Shakespeare and Company at Wellesley College, Boston studying classical text and voice. She has performed, directed and produced for theatre companies across Canada including Neptune Theatre, Mermaid Theatre, Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador, Stephenville Festival, the Muskoka Festival, the Globe Theatre and Theatre on the Move. Pat co-founded, and was associate and or artistic director/producer for Another Theatre Company (Halifax, NS), Kings Theatre Players (Annapolis Royal Kings Theatre), LPV Productions (Dawson City- Gaslight Follies and Diamond Tooth Gerties Show) and Silverking Theatre Company (Nelson, BC). Pat has over 100 performances including theatre, radio, television and film as part of her forty plus year career.
She is the recipient of awards in music and television, and was 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 won Song of the Year in 2012 at the Kootenay Music Awards for 'Movin' On' from her self titled solo album, Pat Henman Solo.
She is the recipient of the Courage to Come Back Award for Physical Rehabilitation for 2023. She is an appointed director of the BC Arts Council, and the Pacific Regional Victims Advisory Committee for the Province of British Columbia. She is also an active volunteer for MADD Canada. Pat has sat on numerous Boards including the Capitol Theatre and Amy Ferguson Institute.
In 2013 Pat and her middle daughter, Maia Vezina, were hit by a drunk driver, suffering catastrophic injuries leading to challenges for the entire family. Pat’s memoir, Beyond the Legal Limit, is her first non-fiction book and is published by Caitlin Press, Vancouver. She received a Canada Council Research and Creation Grant to adapt her book into a dramatic piece with music which toured the Columbia Basin and Calgary thanks to a grant through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance.
Pat was invited to participate in the 2022 Directors Lab North in Toronto, June 2022. As a member of CSARN, Pat was asked to mentor the 2022 BC Culture Days Ambassador for the Kootenay region. She has worked for WeBC mentoring women entrepreneurs in the arts and looks forward to opportunities such as this in the future.
Pat is currently working on several projects including dramaturg/development director for two new collaborative pieces in Nelson. She recently wrote and performed a new piece, Sleeping with Granny, as part of an ensemble performance for the Taghum Hall Presents series.
Pat dedicates her work to the memory of her beautiful daughter Maia, who passed away in May of 2023. Love you forever.