Award-winning playwright, filmmaker and librettist Colleen Murphy is set to hit the Edmonton arts ground writing in her signature bold strokes when she arrives at the University of Alberta in September 2014 as the Department of Drama’s next Lee Playwright in Residence.
Murphy will be in residence at the U of A for two eight-month terms over three years, from September 2014 to April 2015 and September 2016 to April 2017. As part of her playwriting residency, she has accepted a new play commission, with the work projected to premiere in the winter of 2017.
The Lee Playwright in Residence, established in 2005, was the first of its kind among Canadian universities. It was made possible by a generous legacy endowment created by the Clifford E. Lee Foundation. The residency offers an opportunity for Canadian playwrights to devote time to their writing and to make a significant contribution to new play development within the university and professional theatre community in Edmonton.