I was born in Titirangi on the slopes of the Waitakere’s overlooking the Manukau; my mother grew up in Dunedin and Christchurch, and my father in Fielding. My ancestors came to Aotearoa from Denmark, Ireland, Somerset and Scotland.

In 1981 as an actor and director, Philippa was one of the founders of Taki Rua Theatre in Courtenay Place, which exclusively presented New Zealand work and was instrumental in supporting a renaissance of new writing and new approaches to theatre making. 

Since then, over many years alongside a career as an independent film producer (with writer/directors including Jane Campion, Toa Fraser, Christine Jeffs, Florian Habicht and Jackie Van Beek)  she has maintained her connection with the politics and practice of storytelling in Aotearoa in live performance as a dramaturg.

It’s always been exciting and challenging to share work with Hone, and Philippa is delighted to be breaking ground on his new project.