• Cinema & Media Arts

  • Colleen Wagner

  • Professor Emeritus

  • Professor Emeritus and Senior Scholar

Colleen Wagner

E cwagner@yorku.ca

EDUCATION

BA (Toronto), AOCA

BIOGRAPHY

Colleen Wagner’s writing interests include screenplays, stage plays, poetry and short fiction. Her work has garnered numerous awards nationally and internationally, including the Governor General’s Literary Award. Her plays have been translated into numerous languages and produced in many countries, including China, Rwanda, Romania, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, Portugal, England, the U.S. Selected stage credits include The Living, Audience Choice award at SummerWorks 2015; The Monument, GG winner and currently touring in China; Home, premiere in Halifax (2010); down from heaven, premiere in Montreal (2009) nominated for a MECCA award; The Morning Bird, toured NB in French and English (2005-6); Sand, shortlisted for best international play at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester, England. Her work has been published by Playwrights Canada Press, Scirocco Drama, Talonbooks and are found in several anthologies. She co-founded and was co-artistic director of The NotaBle Acts Theatre Company, Fredericton, NB from 2002-2007.

She wrote and directed a documentary film Women Building Peace, and an interactive website (www.thelivingplay.com), supported by a SSHRC research creation grant. The film screened in Rwanda, the Vancouver Film Festival and SilverWave Film Festival (best documentary award 2016); and a short film, Remembrance Day.

She has written a number of filmscripts for various producers and is currently working on new film script, a new play and a prose work. More info can be found at her website: www.colleenwagner.ca

Publications

2019 The Living. Talonbooks, 2019
2011 down from heaven. Playwrights Canada Press, 2011
2009 The Morning Bird, Scirocco Drama Press, 2009
1996 Sand, chapbook published by Playwrights Canada Press
1996 Eclipsed, chapbook published by Playwrights Canada Press
1995 The Monument, published by Playwrights Canada Press (6th printing)
Winner of Governor Generals Award, 1996
Translated into French by Carole Frechette, 2000
Translated into German by Wilfred Schmidt, 2000
Translated into Mandarin by Wu Zhuhong, 2000
Translated into Portugese by Cristina Bizarro, 2006
Translated into Romanian. 2007
Translated into Kinyarwanda by Emmanuel Munyarukumbuzi. 2008.
Translated into Taiwanese, 2010.

Publications in Anthologies

2010 Pure Gold, Scenes From Canadian Plays Since 1990, Excerpts from The Monument. Edited by Brian Kennedy. Playwrights Canada Press. Toronto, ON.
2009 Canada and the Theatre of War, Volume II The Monument. Edited by Sherrill Grace and Donna Coates. Playwrights Canada Press. Toronto, ON.
2008 Young Women’s Monologues from Contemporary Plays #2, Excerpts from The Morning Bird. Edited by Gerald Lee Ratliff. Published by Meriwether Publishing Ltd. Colorado Spring, CO.
2007 Theatre Research in Canada, Volume 26, 1 & 2. Excerpts from The Morning Bird. Edited by Bruce Barton, Toronto, and Glen Nicols, Moncton.
2006 Canada on Stage: Scenes and Monologues, A survey of Canadian Theatre, Excerpts from The Monument. Edited by Iris Turcott and Keith Turnbull. Published by Playwrights Canada Press.
2006 He Speaks: Monologues for Men, Excerpts from The Monument.  Edited by David Ferry. Playwrights Canada Press.
2005 The Monument, (translated in Mandarin), published by The Publishing House of Beijing Broadcasting Institute, Beijing, China.
2004 She Speaks: Monologues for Women, Excerpts from The Monument and The Morning Bird. Edited by Judith Thompson, Playwrights Canada Press.
2003 The Broadview Anthology of Drama, Vol. II, The Monument. Edited by Jennifer Wise and Craig S. Walker, Broadview Press.
2002 The Morning Bird, Excerpts published in Canplay, Playwright Union of Canada’s Quarterly periodical
2000 7 Cannons. An anthology of plays. The Monument. Published by Playwrights Canada Press.
2000 Excerpts from The Morning Bird published in The Fiddlehead, Atlantic Canada’s International Literary Journal, Winter 2000, No. 206
1998 The Fire, Published by Dandelion. Vol. 24 No. 1.  1997. (short story, part of manuscript in progress; Pilgrims)
1985 The Long Distance Runner.   Poetry. Published by Acta Victoriana, Vol. 108, No. 1.

Articles in Refereed Journals

1999 “Family Politics”, review of the Governor General’s Award nominated play,Corker, by Wendy Lill. The Fiddlehead. Winter No. 202

 

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