Teaching, Workshops and Guest Speaker

Colleen has taught playwriting and screenwriting at numerous institutions since 1990, including screenwriting at Sheridan College; Media Arts at Centennial College; playwriting at University of Toronto; Taddle Creek Summer Writers Workshop; Maritime Writers Workshop; University of New Brunswick; National Theatre School, Montreal; Centre for the Book, Cape Town, South Africa; and since 2000 at York University.

She has also been writer in residence at numerous theatres across Canada, including Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre, Theatre New Brunswick, Canadian Stage, Stratford Festival, Nightswimming, Banff Playwrights Colony.

She has been an invited speaker/lecturer/panelist at numerous conferences in numerous countries including Portugal; France (Contemporary Playwriting, Pont a Mousson: Festival d’ete); 10th Women’s International Playwriting Conference, Cape Town, South Africa; Ireland (the universal play; 4th International Women Playwrights Conference); Royal Ontario Museum as part of Observance and Memorial, Images from Cambodia S-12 exhibition; Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict, University of Toronto.

She’s given numerous workshops on alternative narrative structures informed by pre-patriarchal, neolithic, goddess-centered myths, a subject informed by her travels and studies and one she particularly enjoys teaching.