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Colleen Murphy

Colleen Murphy

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Playwright, filmmaker and librettist, Colleen was born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec and grew up in Northern Ontario. In 2013 Finborough Theatre in London, UK, mounted a workshop production of her new play Armstrong’s War to rave reviews and this past fall, the Arts Club Theatre in Vancouver produced the world premiere. In November 2013, Theatre Network in Edmonton premiered Murphy’s controversial new play Pig Girl to excellent notices. Colleen’s 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), 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 2011 and 2012 she was the Canadian Playwright-in-Residence at Finborough Theatre in London, U.K where three of her plays were produced in the spring of 2011, including the world premiere of The Goodnight Bird. Since 2010 she has been Guest Playwright at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton where she runs the Playwrights Forum with Brian Dooley. She was Playwright in Residence at Factory Theatre in Toronto in 2011/12. Her full-length opera with Edmonton born, Aaron Gervais, The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G will premiere in Toronto in 2016 with Tapestry Opera. She is also an award-winning filmmaker and her distinct films - Putty Worm, The Feeler, Shoemaker, Desire, War Holes and Girl with Dog have played in film festivals around the world. For more information go to

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The December Man (L’homme de décembre). Playwrights Canada Press, 2007.
The Piper. Playwrights Canada Press, 2003.
Beating Heart Cadaver. Playwrights Canada Press, 1999.
The Goodnight Bird. Playwrights Canada Press, 2013


Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama for The December Man (L’homme de décembre), 2007.
Enbridge playRites Award for The December Man (L’homme de décembre), 2006.
Shortlisted Governor General's Literary Award for Drama for Beating Heart Cadaver, 1999.
Shortlisted Chalmers Award for Best Play for Beating Heart Cadaver, 1999
Winner, 2rd Prize, CBC Literary Competition for Pumpkin Eaters (radio drama), 1990.
Winner, 3rd Prize, CBC Literary Competition for Fire Engine Red (radio drama), 1985.
Eligible for National Public Readings Program: