Amber Curreen is a kaupapa Māori focused arts manager, playwright and performer who leads Te Rēhia Theatre Company and is a founding leader of Te Pou Theatre, Auckland’s Māori home for theatre. Through these organisations Amber has produced national and international tours of works to festivals, theatres and marae including works like SolOTHELLO which has toured to present with other indigenous presenters Native Earth (Toronto) and Yirra Yaakin (Perth) and will go to FESTPAC this year. She’s worked in collaboration with other companies to deliver festival works like Astroman in 2019 with Auckland Theatre Company and Black Ties with ILBIJERRI this year and is working on a new Irish-Māori collaboration. In her role with Te Pou Theatre Amber leads Māori performing arts sector development initiatives and an annual playwrights and performing arts festival – Kōanga Festival. Amber sits on the PANNZ Executive board, is a member of the national Māori theatre committee He Waka Ūrungi and the new Tri-Nationals Indigenous Performing arts council. Amber’s mahi is driven by a strong desire to uplift our people through high quality, innovative story-telling and arts experiences that bring te ao Māori to the stage.