Colleen Murphy was born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, and grew up in northern Ontario. Her play, The December Man (L'homme de décembre), won the 2007 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama, the CAA Carol Bolt Award for Drama, and the 2006 Enbridge playRites Award. Other plays include Beating Heart Cadaver (nominated for a 1999 Governor General's Literary Award), The Piper, Down in Adoration Falling, and All Other Destinations are Cancelled. Twice she has won awards in the CBC Literary Competition. Colleen's distinct, award-winning films have played in festivals around the world and include Putty Worm ('93), The Feeler ('95), Shoemaker ('96), Desire ('00), War Holes ('03), Girl with Dog ('05), and Out in the Cold ('08).