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December 11, 2016
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Colleen Murphy
Colleen Murphy

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Writing and music collide in Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence lecture

Mar 24/14

Colleen Murphy, an award-winning playwright and screenwriter and the 2014 Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence, will deliver her second of two “Generating Art” public lectures Thursday, March 27 at Laurier’s Waterloo campus. “Generating Art II” begins at 5 p.m. in the Dr. Alvin Woods Building, room 2-104.

In addition to writing for film and theatre, the multi-talented Murphy is a librettist. She is currently working on several projects for opera production, including The Liberation and Enslavement of Oksana G., which will premier in Toronto with Tapestry New Opera in 2015, and The Breathing Hole, an opera set in the Canadian Arctic.

For “Generating Art II,” Murphy will discuss her writing process as a librettist. She will be joined by Kimberly Barber, a Laurier associate professor of voice, who will still sing an aria from Murphy’s libretto for The Breathing Hole. Murphy will also read from her plays The December Man and Pig Girl.

In addition to her public lectures, one of Murphy’s duties as the Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence is to help students with their writing. Murphy is offering one-on-one consultation for all Laurier students from 9 a.m. to noon every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until April 17 in her office in DAWB 5-108A. Students may drop by during those hours, or they can make an appointment with Murphy by contacting her at

About Colleen Murphy
Widely respected in theatrical circles, Murphy is an internationally acclaimed author of 10 plays, including the new plays The Goodbye Bird – which Murphy created during her 2011-2012 residency with Finborough Theatre in London, UK – and Armstrong’s War, which premiered at Vancouver’s Arts Club theatre in 2013. Her screenplays include the Genie-nominated Termini Station, and her films have played to audiences at film festivals in Germany and France, as well as at the Toronto International Film Festival. Murphy won a Governor General’s Award in 2007 for her play The December Man.

About the Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence program
The Edna Staebler Laurier Writer-in-Residence program was established in 2012 through a bequest from Canadian author Edna Staebler. The program is a full-time, three-month residency for Canadian writers. The Writer-in-Residence is based on Laurier’s Waterloo campus for the entire three months, and splits his or her time between writing and community programming at Laurier’s multiple campuses. Community programming includes reading manuscripts and consulting with students and the public, visiting classrooms, and giving readings and lectures. The residency launched with author Andrew Westoll.


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