DIRECTOR Amelia Reid-Meredith (Nelson, New Zealand) is probably recognized by most New Zealanders for her role as Bella Cooper in Shortland Street. However, she is also a talented devisor and director and her 2012 debut Hypothesis One heralds a cross-cultural vision to watch out for. She and Shadon Meredith’s latest co-directed venture, Le Tonu (The Decision), a follow-up to Hypothesis One, and Goodbye My Feleni at the Basement had a sell-out season in March & April 2013.
OPERATOR Ruby Reihana-Wilson studied at Unitec School of Performing Arts, gaining a Diploma in Performance Technology in 2010. Since graduating, she has worked as a freelance lighting designer and stage manager. Recent lighting designs include Short+Sweet Dance Festival, Tempo Festival of Dance (Loft), and Demigod/half-Human, a new contemporary choreography by Shani Dickins. Ruby has just been in Edinburgh for the annual Fringe Festival, where she operated and stage managed three Kiwi shows. Touring shows is her absolute favourite.
SOUND DESIGN Pos Mavaega & Tanya Muagututi’a have worked in Pacific Underground (PU)– NZ’s longest running Pacific performing arts – since 1993, writing, recording and touring original music in concerts and festivals throughout the Pacific. Pos and Tanya’s most recent projects include 2014 PASIFIKANA SOUNDZ LIVE at this year’s Pacific Music Awards (Auckland) followed with two shows at the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre (New Caledonia); and the 2013 The Caselburg Trust Artist-In-Residence and demo recording (Dunedin).
LIGHTING DESIGN Jane Hakaraia has worked extensively in theatre and film, with lighting design credits including Betrayal, Ruben Guthrie and The Case of Katherine Mansfield for Silo Theatre, and Nga Manurere for Ngati Productions, Havoc in the Garden, The Brave, and The Factory. This will be Jane’s first project with Hekama Creative Productions. Jane’s most recent production was My Bed My Universe, Sunday Roast and recently Hikoi by Nancy Brunning.
COSTUME DESIGN Venus Stephens hails from Otara in South Auckland. A parent to two young girls, Venus balances her time between family and creative pursuits as a stage manager, stylist, reviewer, artist, curator and writer. This will be her fourth outing with Hekama Creative. Venus’ most recent work include Lisa Reihana’s moving image interpretative panoramic video In Pursuit of Venus; Strong Hands; The Legend of Ding Tong Lake; Rough, Raw and Ready Play reading series.
PRODUCER Jenni Heka (Ngati Niue/Malay) is a freelance theatre practitioner, her roles encompassing producing, directing and acting. She has worked in film, television, theatre and festivals in New Zealand and overseas.
Jenni is a producer for Massive Company, a founder and trustee of the Banana Boat Charitable Trust (a “loose bunch of Pasifika and Maori creatives”), and she is the director of Hekama Creative — www.hekamacreative.co.nz