Colleen Murphy is a two-time recipient of the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, and the Carol Bolt Award for Outstanding Play, for in 2016, and in 2007. Other plays include (winner of six Jessie Richardson Awards including Outstanding Production and three Elizabeth Sterling Awards including Outstanding Production), (shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, U.S., and the Carol Bolt Award), I Hope My Heart Burns First, , , (shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Drama). Libretti include , with composer Ian Cusson, for the Canadian Opera Company, , with composer Aaron Gervais, for Tapestry Opera, and with composer August Murphy-King, for Toy Piano Composers and Bicycle Opera. Colleen is also an award-winning filmmaker and her distinct films have played in festivals around the world.
She has been Playwright-in-Residence at Finborough Theatre in London UK; Necessary Angel Theatre and Factory Theatre in Toronto, and at the University of Regina. She’s been the Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence at McMaster University; Writer-in-Residence at the University of Guelph; Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University; Lee Playwright-in-Residence at the University of Alberta, and Writer-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick. She currently teaches Playwriting at Queen’s University in Kingston.