Colleen Curran


Colleen Curran was born in Montreal in 1954 into a family deeply invested in media and the arts. Before becoming a playwright and novelist she wrote and researched for radio at the CBC. 

She became playwright-in-residence at Montreal's renowned Centaur Theatre in 1984 and has had her more than 20 plays performed across Canada, the US, and Australia. The Blyth Festival has presented at least five of her plays--Cakewalk (1984, 2019) , Moose County (1985), Miss Balmoral of the Bayview (1987), Local Talent (1990), and Ceili House (1993).

In 1996, Curran published her first comedic novel Something Drastic about Lenore Rutland, a singing waitress in Montreal, followed in 2000 by its sequel Overnight Sensation, and in 2005 the completion of her trilogy about Rutland, Guests of Chance. Curran adapted Something Drastic for stage in 2001/2002 and it opened in Winnipeg at the Prairie Theatre Exchange in April 2002.

Included in her fonds are scripts, book manuscripts, notes and research, reviews and articles, correspondence, and photographs.


Approx. 4.8 m of textual materials

Type(s) Of Materials: 
Published Material
Unpublished Material and Manuscripts
How To Access: 

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Call number XZ1 MS A315. Contact our reference staff for a detailed inventory.