Peter Colley

Peter Colley is both a playwright and screenwriter.  His stage plays and musicals have been produced in 30 countries, 48 of the 50 states in the U.S. and every province in Canada.  Starting out as the resident playwright at The Grand Theatre in London, Peter then wrote a series of plays for the Blyth Festival including I'll Be Back Before Midnight, which has been described by The Globe & Mail as the most popular Canadian play ever.  His plays have been translated into many languages, including Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Czechoslovakian and Croatian.  Mr. Colley has been published by Samuel French Ltd., (London), Baker's Plays of Boston, and Simon & Pierre Publishing. Two of his plays have been made into feature films, with Mr. Colley writing both screenplays. He has also written for the CBS-TV series "Due South", the CBS-TV series "Mythic Warriors", the ITV (Britain) series "Watership Down", the Fox TV series "The Zack Files". He was the 2000 Humanitas Prize nominee for screenwriting.  His 2007 play "Shadow Of A Blonde" (orig. title "Noirville") was nominated for 2 Betty Mitchell Awards in Calgary. "I'll Be Back Before Midnight" was nominated for 9 New Zealand 2008 NAPTA Awards, and won three, including "Best Play" and his comedy-thriller "When The Reaper Calls" also won a 2009 NAPTA Award. Peter's new musical "Cagney" on the life of James Cagney was a winner of a 2008 New American Play Award from Theatre Communications Group (TCG), and won "Best New Work" in the 2010 Florida Theatre Carbonell Awards.  In 2015 "Cagney" opened Off-Broadway at The York Theatre to great reviews in a limited run, and in March 2016 it moved to a larger New York theatre (the Westside) for a full commercial run as as of 2017 it was still running with over 400 performances.  Nominations: OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS (Best New Musical), 2 DRAMA DESK AWARDS, OFF-BROADWAY ALLIANCE AWARD (Best New Musical), Winner: ASTAIRE AWARD.  In 2015 Peter premiered a new play called "The Ghost Island Light" at The Lighthouse Festival in Port Dover and Theatre Orangeville in 2016. Also in 2016 Peter wrote the libretto (book) for "Marathon Of Hope - The Terry Fox Musical" which premiered at Drayton Entertainment's St. Jacobs Playhouse, and in 2017 it is playing at the Dunfield Theatre in Cambride and the Kings Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene.