Mīria George

MĪRIA GEORGE

Te Arawa, Ngāti Awa, Tumutevarovaro, Enuamanu

Mīria is a poet, and writer, director, producer of theatre and film.

Mīria graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Theatre; she holds a Masters in Scriptwriting 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.

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 for stage includes and what remains, Sunset Road, The Vultures.

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 Prize.

The portmanteau feature film VAI premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2019, marked Mīria’s debut as a writer and director of film. VAI is the first feature film to be written, directed and produced by Pacific women. fire in the water, fire in the sky screened at New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF) and was awarded Special Recognition for Cinematography, and made its’ European Premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2022.

In 2022, as part of Tawata Productions’ current programme, Mīria created and directed Big Hair, Don’t Care, a web-series that celebrates and innovates conversations with Māori, Pasifika and women of colour artists of theatre and film.

Mīria is currently in post-production with her latest work, the short film Open Looks. In 2024, Mīria continues work on a feature film script as part of an International Indigenous Screenwriters’ Residency at Banff Arts Centre in Canada.

Alongside Hone Kouka, Mīria is the co-founder and Executive Director of Māori, Pacific and international Indigenous performance platform, Kia Mau Festival.

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