International Webinar - Evolving First Peoples Playwriting

Playwrights Guild of Canada and Playmarket (New Zealand) are partnering up on an International Webinar series to host an exchange of ideas and perspectives on playwriting. Each organization will invite a distinguished theatre creator to facilitate on behalf of their community and together they will present a topic that extends from one end of the world to the other. Join Canadian Playwright, Yvette Nolan, and New Zealand Playwright, Albert Belz, to discuss the evolving craft of playwriting for creators who are native to their land.



Where: Online - Adobe Connect

When: May 16, 6:00 - 8:00pm EST (for Canadian participants)




About Yvette Nolan

Yvette Nolan is a playwright, director, dramaturg and educator, born in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, to an Algonquin mother and an Irish immigrant father. She was the first ever Writer-in-Residence at Brandon University in 1996. From 2003-2011, she served as the Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto.

About Albert Belz

Albert Belz (Ngati Porou, Nga Puhi, Ngati Pokai) born 1973, has been a professional writer for television, film and theatre since 2001.

His first script for theatre, Te Maunga, was performed in 2001 to critical acclaim. His next hugely successful play, Awhi Tapu, was nominated for several Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. In 2006 Yours Truly won Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards for Best New New Zealand Play, and Most Original Play amidst many other awards that year. Raising the Titanics toured New Zealand and won The New Zealand Listeners Best New New Zealand Play 2010.

His children’s play Maui Magic has entertained the masses at several children’s holiday programs across Auckland. Albert has worked with Red Leap Theatre as their Story Editor. He has been writer-in-residence at Waikato University and Victoria University of Wellington.


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