Colleen Wagner

Colleen Wagner was born in Alberta but currently divides her time between Toronto and a small riverside village in New Brunswick. She studied visual arts at OCA and English and Drama at U of T. She received the Governor General Award in 1996 for The Monument, published by Playwrights Canada Press, has been translated into numerous languages and continues to be performed internationally. Other plays include: The Morning Bird, published 2009, by Scirocco Drama, down from heaven, premiered at Imago Theatre, 2009, published by Playwrights Canada Press; and Home, published by Scirocco Drama, premiered at Bus Stop, Halifax, 2010.  A SSHRC research/creation grant took her to post-conflict zones in Africa and later to matriarchal societies to create a female-heroic myth from stories of women and girls who have survived trauma in Africa.  The Living, a documentary play, the result of this research, premiered at SummerWorks Festival, 2015 and won Audience Choice award and best direction. She wrote and directed a feature documentary entitled Women Building Peace (won best feature documentary film at Silver Wave Film Festival, 2016) and an interactive website are the culmination of this project ( She cofounded and was co‐artistic director of The NotaBle Acts Theatre Co. in Fredericton, NB. She has also written several screenplays, including an adaptation of The Monument.