Colleen Murphy is a playwright, filmmaker and librettist, born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, and raised in Northern Ontario.
Her play, Pig Girl, which had its world premiere at Theatre Network directed by Bradley Moss, won the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, as well as the 2014 Carol Bolt Award. The December Man / L’homme de décembre won the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, the CAA/Carol Bolt Award and the Enbridge Playwrights Award. Other plays include Armstrong’s War (staged in 2015 in Edmonton by Theatre Network), The Goodnight Bird, Beating Heart Cadaver (shortlisted for a 1999 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama), The Piper, Down in Adoration Falling and All Other Destinations are Cancelled. Twice she won awards in the CBC Literary Competition for Fire-Engine Red and Pumpkin Eaters.
Libretti include Oksana G., composed by Aaron Gervais for Tapestry Opera, and My Mouth On Your Heart, composed by August Murphy-King for Toy Piano Composers and Bicycle Opera. Her distinct, award-winning films have played in festivals around the world. They include Girl with Dog, Shoemaker and The Feeler.
In 2010 and 2011, Colleen was the Canadian Playwright-in-Residence at Finborough Theatre in London, U.K. She has been Playwright-in-Residence at Necessary Angel Theatre and Factory Theatre in Toronto, as well Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Regina in 2006/7, the Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence at McMaster University in 2010, Writer-in-Residence at the University of Guelph in 2011, the Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014. In 2010, Colleen worked with Brian Dooley to create and facilitate the Playwrights Forum at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, which runs every June. The monthlong intensive gives six playwrights time to write, think, argue and hone their plays.
Colleen was married to the acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Allan King, until his death in 2009. She has one son, August, and currently resides in Toronto. Her hobbies are reading, walking her dog, reading, walking her dog, reading, watching films, reading and walking her dog.
Upcoming: World Premiere of The Breathing Hole, Stratford Theatre Festival, August 2017, and The Society For The Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius, Rumble Theatre, November 2017.