Hannah-Rose Owen-Wright is chosen for PAGE 2 STAGE 2014 Artist Development Programme
Hannah Owen-Wright began performing spoken word regularly two years ago, whilst living in Birmingham, UK. She has performed in slams in the UK as well as at Poetry Live in Auckland. She is also intrigued by spoken word performance as an exploration within the sonic qualities of language. As a musician – specifically, a singer – the musicality of language is a primary guiding principle in her performance practices. No doubt what Hannah will produce will be fresh, challenging, and engaging.
Ya-Wen Ho is chosen for PAGE 2 STAGE 2014 Artist Development Programme
Ya-Wen Ho is an enthusiastic and committed member of Auckland’s writing community. Recently her endeavors have included a performance at the Short Takes on Long Poems symposium, a book with TinFish Press, an international reading at Counterpath Press and numerous local readings. As a confident performer, she loves wowing an audience and would like to further explore the interactive and collaborative possibilities of live performance. Ya-Wen has huge potential and will surprise any listener.
Maria Yeonhee Ji is chosen for PAGE 2 STAGE 2014 Artist Development Programme
Maria Ji has always been passionate about reading and writing but 2013 was the first year she wrote and performed performance poetry. She came 3rd in the University of Auckland Annual Poetry Slam, was the NZ Poetry Slam Auckland Regionals champion (performing in the regional heats and regional slams), and was one of 3 poets representing Auckland at the national poetry slam in Wellington. Maria is a new voice in the poetry scene but one that we should all be very excited about.
Kirsti K. Whalen is chosen for PAGE 2 STAGE 2014 Artist Development Programme
Kirsti Whalen is a seasoned spoken word performer and creative writer. At the beginning of 2013 she moved back from Melbourne, where she held an internship with The Centre for Poetics and Justice where she was able to develop her work, perform and facilitate workshops. She also developed and ran The Unsaid Things, a workshop series for young adults whose disabilities aﬀected their creative expression. She has performed in a number of slams in Australia and was recently one of the ﬁnal six slammers in the Rising Voices Youth Poetry Slam. She is currently studying creative writing at MIT.
Rob Mokaraka is chosen for PAGE 2 STAGE 2014 Artist Development Programme
Rob Mokaraka’s background is in Acting & Writing for Theatre and Film.
He has held
short-film writing workshops in Rarotonga and in Auckland with a broad
He has written, directed, and performed in a range of produced works including Maui, Man Club, Sydney Bridge Upside Down, and Flat 3. He has won three Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. Rob enjoys nurturing unique, new talent and has a lot to offer a mentee in a range of disciplines.
Natalie Hugill is chosen for PAGE 2 STAGE 2014 Artist DEvelopment Programme
Natalie Hugill has trained as an actress for theatre, film and television. She has performed in over 13 theatre productions and also has experience in on-screen acting. For the past three years however, Natalie has extended her repertoire to performing in over 25 live performance shows, ranging from MCing for Dr Sketchy Auckland, to devising experimental performance art for Stranger Things 4. Natalie’s experience in MCing first started with her show “Lilly Loca’s Vaudeville Cabaret” where she was able to let herself loose upon the unsuspecting audience. She is a master of improv and relates well to any audience.
Page2Stage 2014 Mentors and Mentees have now been paired. Congratulations to the following artists: Raewyn Alexander and Hannah-Rose Owen-Wright; Natalie Hugill and Maria Yeonhee Ji; Christian Jensen and Kirsti Whalen and Rob Mokaraka and Ya-Wen Ho!
On February 20th, Page2Stage was launched at Q Theatre with the announcement of this year’s Mentors and Mentees. Competition was fierce, with over 30 high quality applications from experienced poets and performers. We extend our thanks to all those who applied for their interest in the programme, and we hope to see you at workshops and live poetry evenings throughout the year. The first in our series of events will be “The Art of Performance Poetry,” by Michael Botur: http://printablereality.com/workshops/page2stage-2014-workshops/
First and foremost I am an artist. This is not a career choice or an activity I merely entertain, it is who I am, I am my work. My passion is story telling. I work in many different and sometimes very diverse mediums, but all my work shares a standard of excellence a clear and honest voice and is based on my own idiosyncratic, personal vision of the world.
As a filmmaker I’ve just recently completed my first Feature film ‘Orphan & Kingdoms’ on which I was writer/director. http://orphansandkingdoms.comFunded by the The New Zealand Film Commission. It will be released at the 2014 International Film Festival. In 2014 a play I wrote and performed in was chosen by Creative New Zealand to headline the New Zealand Showcase at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival.
Paolo is one of workshop leaders for Page 2 Stage programme.
is a playwright, director, presenter, actor and social media extraordinaire. Melissa has written and directed plays into Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington on numerous occasions (Motherlock, The Artefact Project, pURe) as well as Gary Henderson’s ‘Skin Tight’, ‘Tipping Point’ (won Wildcards 2, Short + Sweet, 2010) by Mark Andrew and Alex Broun’s ‘Death of Caesar’ world premiere. Melissa is one of the workshop leaders for Page 2 Stage programme.
Sascha is a Wellington based producer and performance artist. She recently returned from 10 years working in Ireland, Poland, Netherlands and Serbia. She has created several Dance Theatre productions and films (Chimera 2011-12, Babylon2012, The Quantum Enigma 2010, Monitor 2008, Organ City 2007, Intimacy 2007,Reality Show 2005). She has performed at various theatres and festivals internationally. She studied Fine Arts in Auckland and Dublin and Performance Research and Training in Novi Sad(Serbia), Amsterdam and Wroclaw.(Poland). Sascha Perfect is a member of DANZ, Dance Ireland and Visual Artist Ireland. Sascha is one of workshop leaders for Page2Stage programme.
Louise Pagonis is an experienced radio and TV broadcaster with her own communications company .She has a regular slot on Duncan Garners Drive show, she coaches business and organisations all over NZ on how to build their own profile in the media without using PR consultants, and she trains TV presenters in the art of on screen communication at the South Seas School of Film and TV. She is one of the Page 2 Stage workshop leaders.
works as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Massey University’s AucklandCampus. His short verse drama Scenes from The Puppet Oresteia appeared in 2011 from Narcissus Press (Rhinebeck, NY, USA). His other publications include four full-length poetry collections, three novels, and three volumes of short fiction. He has also edited a number of books and literary magazines, including (with Jan Kemp) the trilogy of audio / text anthologies Classic, Contemporary and New NZ Poets in Performance (Auckland University Press, 2006-8). Details of these and other publications are available on his blog The Imaginary Museum: http://mairangibay.blogspot.com/. One of the workshop leaders for Page 2 Stage 2014.
Raewyn Alexander writes novels, stories, poems, non-fiction, essays – and a blog read world-wide, promoting poetic journeys and trees for travel.
She’s also a UNITEC lecturer and Leisuretime Learning tutor, taking highly regarded writing courses.
A fourth generation New Zealander – French, Irish, Scots and English – originally from Hamilton, she’s travelled the world and now resides in Tamaki Makaurau Auckland.
Her work ranges far, tending to favour contemporary life, strong imagery, some highly politicised pieces and also, mysterious, fantastical explorations showing what she calls, “the infinite world within us, in a true, dynamic relationship with the material world.”A link to the first page of Alexander’s google resources Her poem hey Delilah, what’s happening in New York City? won poetry competition New Dialogues and New Beginnings and is published as well as possibly and in New Dialogues and New Beginings -Poetry Anthology 2013
Her work’s won prizes and been short-listed for major competitions; in 2014, a Miles Hughes Achievement Award prize-winner. Lately she’s working on a graphic poetry collection, soon having some poetry cartoons published in Three Words Anthology. Alexander’s poetic journeys to America and trees for travel blog is read world-wide.http://poeticjourneytoamerica.blogspot.co.nz/Her poetry has also been published in “We Society” Poetry Anthology 2015.
A little obsessed with sunshine and baby grand pianos, Nalini Singh is a poet, dreamer and activist.
From helping launch the youth climate movement in NZ through Power Shift NZ Pacific, she’s absurdly fascinated in all things sustainable, immersing herself in permaculture, social entrepreneurship, and nutrient-based healthcare whilst formally studying evolutionary ecology and environmental economics at The University of Auckland.
She’s the founder and president of the Auckland University Poetry Society, been published nationally and internationally and just last week was at The International Conference on Thinking 2013 to see how to combine her environmental concerns with multimedia for children.
My work here at ATC is particularly focussed on developing young (and new) talent via a whole range of programmes that I curate via ATC Education (schools, young people, youth arts) and ATC Participate (industry development, creative collaborations and community).
The thing I really enjoy about my role here is the ability to connect new artists with real industry experience, to introduce them to meaningful professional networks and to generate new work.
Hey, I’m Kashka. I’m a poet-journalist-writer and I live in New Zealand’s best city, Hamilton.
I work in the mighty Waikato full-time as a journalist and I also happen to rep the label poet when occasion allows.
I’ve performed in two Readers and Writers Festival slams, won the inaugural Hamilton Poetry Slam and spot performed at a few different events.
I figured I was more than a little into poetry after a metaphor that I used (where I compared myself, and my patience in catching the perfect wave, to a scarecrow in a cornfield) got a pretty positive response in a year 3 writing competition. Pretty impressive right?
Since then, I’ve taken the whole thing a little more seriously. Spoken word poetry became a big part of my life about two years ago when I discovered poet Sarah Kay and a whole host of others such as Taylor Mali, Anis Mojgani and George Watsky.
My favourite spoken word piece is Suheir Hammad’s ‘First Writing Since’.
I also have a feverish passion for poets such as Robert Frost, John Keats, Allen Ginsberg, Hone Tuwhare, Maya Angelou, Langston Hughes, basically any poet who has ever said anything.
Jess Holly Bates is a 27 year old talent who has been orbiting the Auckland/Wellington performance scene with intent over the last two years, well-qualified academically (BScMA) and a confident writer and performer, she has been writing poetry since age five.
Jess began sharing her work on the stage in 2011, when she joined the Rising Voices workshops, run by established spoken word poets Jai Macdonald and Grace Taylor.
The Rising Voices 2011 slam whet her appetite for spoken word, and she is resolved to use 2013 to develop both her performative and her written craft. As well as being an avid poet, Jess is a passionate dancer and choreographer, intuitive actress, flute teacher, hospitality-personality, and aerobics junkie!
In 2012 she featured as guest cast of “Shay” in TVNZ’s “Nothing Trivial,” and playing lead roles in Theatre of Love’s “Day After Night” and in Simon Clark’s “Spit for Tat” in Auckland’s Short and Sweet Festival. Her writing work is concerned with the tension between the body and the page, and problematising the form of spoken word in relation to Pakeha identity in New Zealand.
Gus has been performing his poetry around the world.
Organising events, producing shows and tirelessly promoting poetry.
Apart from his own poetry collection, his poetry has been published in a few magazines and anthologies.He is a Poetry Slam winner.
With a vision to bring poetry to the widest possible audiences, Gus initiated the “Printable Reality” concept.
Based on collaboration with other spoken word artists, musicians, dancers, actors and visual artists,with a motto : “Experience Poetry Differently”.
Printable Reality initiated forming of the Actors Ensemble, exciting new concept dedicated to producing and performing Live Literature/Poetic Theatre shows.
Gus has been chosen by the Auckland Regional Arts Trust for the ART Venture 2010 program.
His poem Equator
has been performed in Aotearoa – Found in Translation and published in New Dialogues and New Beginnings – Poetry Anthology 2013
Website: gus Simonovic
“I’ve been writing poetry since I was 14, but only performing it in the last couple of years. I am working on a series of poems started in the Master of Creative Writing I completed in 2012, that focus on the lives of men and women, families and individuals, in different places and times.
I live in a beautiful residential village in Albany, surrounded by people who are exploring different ways to live in this crazy world of ours. I’ve been a receptionist, a library assistant, a waitress, and a bum, all in the pursuit of perfection.
To me poetry is a way of using words to express the wordless experience we all share in life. I want to make something, and perform it, in a way that touches that silence in people.”
This exciting year-long artist development programme will provide a platform to inspire, educate, and encourage writers and spoken word artists to write and perform a solo performance piece. Talented artists will be partnered with experienced writers and performers as mentors, and you’ll be taught all the necessary tools to be able to create and present your own solo show and become a more professional arts practitioner.
Are you an established writer, poet, spoken word artist; or maybe a recognised tutor, workshop leader, theatre practitioner or a well-known comedian, performance artist, dramatist, producer? Do you have skills necessary to inspire and guide a talented artist to the next stage of their career? Apply NOW for Page2Stage Mentor role
Are you a talented writer, poet, story-teller, spoken word artist? Are you dreaming of sharing some of your best work on stage? Apply NOW for Page2Stage 2004 Mentee