Colleen was born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, and grew up in Northern Ontario. She is a two-time recipient the Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama, and the Carol Bolt Award for Outstanding Play, for both The December Man / L'homme de décembre in 2007, and Pig Girl in 2016. Other plays include The Society For The Destitute Presents Titus Bouffonius; I Hope My Heart Burns First; The Goodnight Bird; Armstrong’s War; The Piper, and Beating Heart Cadaver. She is also a librettist and a filmmaker. She has been Writer-in-Residence at seven Canadian universities, and currently teaches playwrighting at Queen’s University in Kingston.