Colleen Wagner


Multi-award winning writer, Colleen Wagner studied Visual Arts at the Ontario College of Art and Literature and Drama at the University of Toronto. She moves between the two art forms. Her writing interests include screenplays, stage plays, poetry and short fiction. Her 1993 play The Monument, (Playwrights Canada Press), premièred at Canadian Stage in Toronto and won the 1995 Governor General’s Literary Award. It has been translated into a dozen languages and continues to be produced around the world. Other plays she has written include The Morning Bird, produced in English and French (Scirocco Drama); down from heaven, (Playwrights Canada Press) nominated for a MECCA award for best new play; and Home, (Scirocco Drama)She has also written a number of screenplays including an adaptation of The Monument. 

Her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant for research and creation took Colleen on several journeys through Africa. This grant enabled her to create a documentary play, a documentary film and a website, currently under construction. The documentary play, The Living, is based on stories of survivors in post-conflict zones and premièred in August 2015 at the SummerWorks Performance Festival, Toronto, to sold out audiences. It won the NOW Magazine Audience Choice Award and Best Director Award. She filmed a documentary film featuring stories of African women in post-conflict zones and in matriarchal societies: Women Building Peace. The film received Best Documentary Award at the 2016 Silver Wave Film Festival. An  interactive website based on her SSHRC research is under construction. Colleen has taught at York University since 2000 and divides her time between a riverside farm in New Brunswick and downtown Toronto. 



Films by Colleen Wagner