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Murphy, Colleen


Colleen Murphy is a playwright, filmmaker and librettist. She won the 2014 Carol Bolt Award for her play Pig Girl and was also shortlisted for the 2014 Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Her play 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 Beating Heart Cadaver (nominated for a 1999 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama), Armstrong’s War, The Goodnight Bird, 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. She is also an award-winning filmmaker and her distinct films have played in festivals around the world, garnishing a total of eight Genie nominations (now the Canadian Screen Awards) in Canada. In 2016, Tapestry Opera in Toronto will premiere her full-length opera The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G. composed by Aaron Gervais.

Murphy is currently the Lee Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta, and has been Guest Playwright at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre since 2010. In 2012 she was Playwright-in-Residence at Factory Theatre in Toronto. In 2011/12 Murphy was the Canadian Playwright-in-Residence at Finborough Theatre in London U.K. She has been Writer in Residence at the University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, McMaster University in Hamilton and the University of Regina.

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