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Playwrights Intensive:Writing with Emotional Punch - A Workshop with Colleen Murphy

February 25, 2018


On Sunday February 25 th PARC, Theatre New Brunswick and University of New Brunswick presented a playwriting workshop lead by Colleen Murphy entitled Playwrights Intensive: Writing with Emotional Punch. The full day workshop was a tremendous success with each playwright able to have their scene read and discussed.

PARC member Ryan Griffin and workshop leader playwright Colleen Murphy

PARC member Ryan Griffin and workshop leader extraordinaire playwright Colleen Murphy.

The playwrights at work - at Theatre New Brunswick in Fredericton.

Playwrights Xavier Lord-Giroux and Kelly McAllister

Playwrights Xavier Lord-Giroux and Kelly McAllister.

Playwrights Sharisse Lebrun and Gordon Mihan

Playwrights Sharisse Lebrun and Gordon Mihan

Playwrights Alex Rioux and Arianna Martinez read a script

Playwrights Alex Rioux and Arianna Martinez read a script.

Playwrights Mel McCarthy, PARC member Clarissa Hurley and Carlee Calver

Playwrights Mel McCarthy, PARC member Clarissa Hurley and Carlee Calver.

PARC member playwright Sue Rose

PARC member playwright Sue Rose discussing her script. 

Playwrights Tilly Jackson, Patrick Toner, Sharisse Lebrun and Gordon Mihan at Sundays' workshop with Playwright Colleen Murphy

Playwrights Tilly Jackson, Patrick Toner, Sharisse Lebrun and Gordon Mihan at Sundays' workshop with Playwright Colleen Murphy.

Colleen Murphy is a two-time Governor General 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 War, The Goodnight Bird, Beating 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.