I am a writer, fundraiser and theatre, literature and visual arts megafan, based in Wellington. I am also a performance-maker, sailor and cyclist. I am the Script Coordinator at Playmarket, a Project Producer and Grants Writer at Barbarian Productions, and a freelancer doing all sorts of performance, writing and arts-related things around New Zealand. I have a BA Hons (First Class) in Theatre and English Literature and a MA (Distinction) in Creative Writing from Victoria University. I co-founded contemporary performance company Binge Culture with five other wonderpeople in 2008, and am the co-director and producer of Binge's interactive community-building street show, Whales. You can check out Whales and our other work at www.bingeculture.co.nz.
I am passionate about art that connects with audiences in practical ways and on all sorts of emotional levels, and that increases awareness and compassion. I like stuff that does something to my body and brain. I love Jenny Holzer, Anne Carson, Colin McCahon, Mark Rothko, Jeff Koons, Joan Didion and Sufjan Stevens. The best things I have done in recent years are write a memoir of my childhood growing up on a sailing yacht, and cycle 3000km down the West Coast of the USA with my husband, lighting designer Marcus McShane. The most engaging and mind-exploding things I have seen in recent years are Swan Lake/Loch na hEala by Teaċ Daṁsa (created by Michael Keegan-Dolan), Cindy Sherman at Wellington City Gallery, A Lot Of Sorrow by Ragnar Kjartansson and The National at Copenhagen Contemporary, Nanette by Hannah Gadsby and My Best Dead Friend by Anya Tate-Manning and Isobel MacKinnon at BATS Theatre.