Colleen Murphy, Librettist


Colleen Murphy is a two-time Governor General’s Literary Award Winner for Drama.  She won for Pig Girl in 2007 and for The December Man (L’homme de décembre) in 2007.  Twice she has won the Carol Bolt Award for Best Play.  

Other plays include The Society For The Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius (winner of six 2018 Jessie Richardson Awards), The Breathing Hole (nominated for the 2018 Susan Blackburn Prize), I Hope My Heart Burns First, Armstrong’s War, The Goodnight Bird, Beating Heart Cadaver and The Piper.  Libretti include Oksana G. composed by Aaron Gervais, and My Mouth On Your Heart composed by August Murphy-King.  Colleen is also a filmmaker and her distinct, award-winning films have played in festivals around the world.

Colleen was awarded a Canada Council New Chapter Grant in 2017 for her play Geography of Fire / La géographie et sa furie.

Colleen Murphy is a playwright, filmmaker, and librettist, and she is a two-time Governor General’s Literary Award Winner for Drama.  In 2016 she won for her play Pig Girl, and in 2007 she won for The December Man (L’homme de décembre ).  Twice she has won the Carol Bolt Award for Best Play. In 2017, Colleen had four world premieres in Canada including The
Breathing Hole at the Stratford Festival, Oksana G. at Tapestry Opera in Toronto (composer, Aaron Gervais), and The Society For The Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius at Rumble Theatre in Vancouver.

Other plays include I Hope My Heart Burns First, Armstrong’s WarThe Goodnight BirdBeating Heart Cadaver and The Piper.  Other libretti include My Mouth On Your Heart (composer, August Murphy-King).

She is also a filmmaker and her distinct, award-winning films have played in festivals around the world.  Colleen has been
Playwright-in-Residence at Finborough Theatre in London, U.K., Necessary Angel Theatre and Factory Theatre in Toronto. She has been Writer in Residence at the University of Regina, McMaster University, the University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, the Lee Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta, and is currently Writer in Residence at the University of New Brunswick.

2018 LibLab Participant 

Colleen Murphy, Librettist
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