Writer, producer and director MÄ«ria George is the first Cook Islands artist to receive the Fulbright- Creative New Zealand Pacific Writerâ€™s Residency at the University of Hawaii.
MÄ«ria is of Te Arawa, NgÄti Awa, NgÄti Kuki Airani (Rarotonga & Atiu) heritage and is the co-director of Tawata Productions. MÄ«ria travels to Oâ€™ahu, Hawaiâ€™i to develop Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky, a performance piece which addresses colonisation, christianity and climate change in the Pacific. Â A uniquely Pasifika journey that charts precolonisation, to the suffocating grasp of the missionaries, to the return of the islanders not born of their islands. In modern times, the arrival of neo liberalism into Te Moana Nui a Kiva will challenge our sovereignty and the further exploitation of natural resources by multinationals. Fire In The Water, Fire In The Sky is the search for hope for the future of the Pacific and the world.
MÄ«ria is a poet, and writer for theatre, radio and television. An award-winning playwright, MÄ«riaâ€™s work has toured New Zealand, Australia, Hawaiâ€™i, Canada and the United Kingdom.Â In 2007, and what remains marked MÄ«riaâ€™s international debut as a playwright. Her other works include Oho Ake, He Reo Aroha, Urban Hymns and Sunset Road. He Reo Aroha, co-written with Jamie McCaskill, has toured extensively internationally. In 2016, MÄ«ria premiered her new play The Vultures, an indigenous satire.Â MÄ«ria holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. Also a published poet, The Wet Season is MÄ«riaâ€™s debut collection of poetry, published by the Wai-te-ata Press. MÄ«ria is a co-founder of Tawata Productions and Tawata Press.
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