The Haka Party Incident by Katie Wolfe
Tasman Ray Productions
Katie Wolfe (Ngāti Mutunga, Ngāti Tama, Ngāti Toa Rangatira)
Katie Wolfe is well known to New Zealand audiences as a director, writer and actor who works across theatre, film and television in both drama and documentary. She was the winner of the inaugural WIFT Mana Wahine Award. Katie creates and produces content for Whaakata Māori (Māori television). Her most recent documentaries are He Māngai Wāhine and for the Artefact series – Te Hokinga Mai and Road to War. Katie was one of the directors of the acclaimed film Waru. Her films Redemption, This Is Her and Kawa (an adaptation of Witi Ihimaera’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain) garnered many awards internationally. Katie also directs on several international television dramas. As an actor Katie portrays the popular character Nanny Fanny for Whaakata Māori’s hit comedy The Ring INZ.
For The Haka Party Incident Katie, received three Adam NZ Play Awards including Best Māori Playwright and the Dean Parker Verbatim Theatre Award. Katie has also directed The Mooncake and the Kūmara for the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival and notable other NZ works are Rendered for Auckland Theatre Company, Anahera for Circa, Luncheon for Basement and The Women for Silo.
Tasman Ray Productions evolved from touring theatre in NZ in the 1990’s. National tours of ‘Lets’ Spend the Night Together’ (1992) ‘Blue Sky Boys’ (1995), then the internationally acclaimed ‘Jimmy Costello’ (1997-1999, Edinburgh, Galway, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem), the NZ Actors Company (2000-2002) and Ngā Manurere (2010) developed Katie Wolfe and partner Tim Balme’s understanding of taking theatre to an audience.
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