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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.
'Chalk About' set designer Karen Tennent tells us about her career path and learning on the job.
Composer Ross Harris talks about his latest collaboration with Vincent O'Sullivan for the chamber opera Brass Poppies.
Director Penny Harpham tells us about creating a platform for artists who weren't seeing themselves reflected on stage.
We hear from two performers in an all-female Henry V cast of 40, performing at the Pop-up Globe in Auckland.
Dead Men's Wars, on this week at BATS, engages with youth from Australia and NZ and questions our relationship with the stories of war. Renee Liang interviews playwright Ralph McCubbin Howell.
Renee Liang interviews Bubblelands cast members, and frequent collaborators, Benjamin Teh (the crayfish) and Hweiling Ow (the blue cod).
Architects of Air artistic director Alan Parkinson first started experimenting with pneumatic sculptures in the 1980s and has since developed his own language of form in this plastic medium.
Callback: Behind Frenemy Lines is a new show on at The Basement this week, written and performed by Lucy Suttor and Frith Horan.
Renee Liang interviews the man she had a schoolgirl nerd-crush on, one of NZ's greatest scientists Ernest Rutherford, as brought to life by Nic Sampson.
We talk to Robin Kerr, director of the latest Playground Collective work 'All Your Wants And Needs Fulfilled Forever'.
Poet Penny Sommervaille, a stalwart of the Auckland arts scene for many years, launched her first poetry collection on September 1. She talks to Renee Liang.