Colleen Murphy

Colleen has two new plays premiering in 2013,  Armstrong’s War and Pig Girl.  In 2011 and 2012 she was the Canadian Playwright-in-Residence at Finborough Theatre in London, UK, where three of her plays were produced in the spring of 2011, including the world premiere of The Goodnight Bird.  She has been Guest Playwright at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton since 2010 and was Playwright in Residence at Factory Theatre in Toronto in 2011/12.  She is currently working on new plays O’Brien Road and Snow Red, a new film Bloodsucker Waltz, as well as libretti for new operas with composers Aaron Gervais and Andrew Staniland.  Her full length opera with Gervais, The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G will premiere in Toronto in 2015 with Tapestry Opera and Scottish Opera.  Colleen’s play The December Man (L’homme de d├ęcembre) won the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama.  Other plays include Beating Heart Cadaver (nominated for a 1999 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama), The Piper, Down in Adoration Falling and All Other Destinations are Cancelled.  

 She won awards in the CBC Literary Competition for the radio dramas Fire-Engine Red and Pumpkin Eaters. In 2008 Colleen was short-listed for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre.  She is also an award-winning filmmaker and her distinct films have played in festivals around the world. They include Putty Worm (93), The Feeler (95), Shoemaker (96), Desire (00), War Holes (02), Girl with Dog (05) and Out in the Cold (08).  Colleen was born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, grew up in Northern Ontario, and lives in Toronto.