Mīria George

MĪRIA GEORGE

Mīria George (Ngāti Kearoa, Ngāti Tuara | Tumutevarovaro, Enua Manu, Ngāti Kuki ‘Ārani) is a poet, and writer, director, producer of theatre and film. An award-winning playwright, Mīria’s work has toured New Zealand, Australia, Hawai’i, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Her first stage play, the award winning Oho Ake premiered in Wellington in 2004, produced by Tawata Productions. In 2007, Mīria made her international debut as a playwright. Her work includes and what remains, Urban Hymns, Sunset Road, The Vultures, The Night Mechanics and Fire In The Water, Fire In the Sky.

In 2017, Mīria was the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer in Residence at University of Hawai’i, Mānoa and won the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award.

The portmanteau feature film VAI premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2019, marking Mīria’s debut as a writer and director of film. Mīria is one of eight female directors of Pacific heritage who created VAI (Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions), the first feature film to be written, directed and produced by Pacific women.

In 2021, as part of Tawata Productions’ current programme, Mīria has created and directed Big Hair, Don’t Care, a webseries that celebrates and innovates conversations with Māori, Pasifika and women of colour artists of theatre and film.

The short film fire in the water, fire in the sky also premieres as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival in October 2021. fire in the water, fire in the sky was adapted from a live performance created for gallery & museum spaces. Produced by Tawata, this is Mīria’s second short film.

Mīria holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. Also a published poet, The Wet Season is Mīria’s debut collection of poetry, published by the Wai-te-ata Press. Mīria is a writer of radio and television.

Alongside Hone Kouka, Mīria is the co-founder and co-director of Māori, Pacific and international Indigenous theatre and dance platform, Kia Mau Festival.

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