U OF A PLAYWRIGHTS FORUM
In my capacity as the new Lee Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta, I am starting the U of A Playwrights Forum, which will be a collegial forum to encourage the writing and development of new plays.
To that end, I would like to invite playwrights, students, teachers, people from the wider community in Edmonton who are interested in writing plays, as well as writers from other mediums who are interested in transitioning to theatre, to attend the inaugural meeting which will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2014 on the main floor of the Fine Arts Building in Room FAB 1-43, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Fine Arts Building is just north of 87th Avenue on 112th Street.
There is no need to bring any writing to the first meeting. We will talk about how the Forum will work and how we will work together. I look forward to a discussion from those attending so that I can custom-make the Forum to best serve the needs and interests of the writers who wish to be involved.
Colleen Murphy is a playwright, filmmaker and librettist. She won the 2014 Carol Bolt Award for her play Pig Girl and was recently shortlisted for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre. Her play The December Man (L’homme de décembre) won the 2007 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, the CAA/Carol Bolt Award and the Enbridge Playwrights Award. Other plays include Armstrong’s War, Beating Heart Cadaver (nominated for a 1999 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama), The Piper and Down in Adoration Falling. She won awards in the CBC Literary Competition for Fire-Engine Red and Pumpkin Eaters. She is an award-winning filmmaker. Her distinct films have played in festivals around the world.
Murphy has been Guest Playwright at Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre since 2010. In 2012, she was Playwright-in-Residence at Factory theatre. In 2011/12 Murphy was the Canadian Playwright-in- Residence at Finborough Theatre in London U.K. She has been Writer in Residence at Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Guelph, McMaster University and the University of Regina.