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Renee is a writer who is exploring many ways of telling stories, including plays, short stories, poetry (which she also performs), and cross-genre collaborations with composers, musicians, sculptors and filmmakers. She's passionate about the emerging artist community and most of her projects involve community building and collaboration. She's also looking for ways to build bridges between her first love, medicine, and her best friend, the arts.
Renee has written and toured three plays, Lantern, The First Asian AB (FAAB) and The Bone Feeder. She is the author of four chapbooks of poetry and has had work published in numerous other books, journals and zines. Currently she is involved with arts collaboration project Metonymy and Asian arts showcase Funky Oriental Beats. She is the organiser of Auckland Council-commissioned workshop series, New Kiwi Women Write.
I like the idea of creative karma - be generous with your creativity in helping others and it will come back to you. All my community building has a rather selfish purpose - it strengthens my "industry" and ensures that the next time I am looking around for great 'can-do' people to collaborate with, they'll be there.
Renee Liang has interviewed plenty of fellow makers and creators this year, so in this blog she writes about about what she's been up to including pairing an arts career with parenting.
Wanting an alternative to the canned, over commercialised Christmas? If you’re in Auckland, the Unwrapping Christmas programme could be for you.
Gloria, performed by Amy Waller, tells the tale of 21-year-old Gloria Stanford who made postwar headlines as “The Bride who wouldn’t leave NZ”. Renee Liang interviews Amy and Gloria.
Renee Liang interviews fiction writer, performance poet and trainee journalist Michael Botur about his writing influences and becoming a family man.
Veteran Kiwi actor Mick Innes celebrates his 60th birthday in the best way possible – by doing a solo show.
Renee Liang interviews writer Phil Ormsby about this tale of love and cross-gender roles.
After the dubious honour of being the last play at Downstage Theatre, Live at Six continues on its national tour. Renee Liang interviews writers Leon Wadham and Dean Hewison.
The Feast offers a smorgasbord for the mind and stomach. Renee Liang interviews co-creators Nikki Bennett, Antonia Stehlin and Ash Jones.
The World of Wearable Arts Show, one of our local and international success stories, is celebrating 25 years. We hear from founder and chief creative mastermind, Dame Suzie Moncrieff.
The Modern Maori Quartet unleash their full length show, Nga Bro E Wha, on unsuspecting audiences this week. Renee Liang interviews James Tito and Maaka Pohatu.
Hawkins Youth Theatre’s production One Thousand Paper Cranes is performed this weekend. Renee Liang talks to young actresses Daya Czepanski and Allyssa Regino.