We are thrilled to have Nancy Brunning as the director and dramaturg of the Y&H Tour 2019; I AM MĀORI
Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāi Tūhoe. Nancy has been involved in professional theatre since 1992. She trained at Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School in 1990-1991, established herself as a theatre actor, director and dramaturge with Māori Theatre/Production Company Taki Rua Productions for well over 15 years.
She has acted for theatre throughout New Zealand and has directed theatre in English and Māori. She also works as an actor and has assisted with dramaturgy with some of New Zealand’s most celebrated Māori Playwrights such as Briar Grace-Smith, Witi Ihimaera, Hone Kouka and Albert Belz to name a few.
In 2011, she wrote her first play which was produced in 2014 in Wellington, later that year she was selected as the first Indigenous NZ Writer at the Banff Indigenous Writers Residency in Canada 2014. Hīkoi was then premiered at the 2015 Auckland Arts Festival. Nancy is also an actor recently playing Ramona in “Mahana” ”Directed by Lee Tamahori based on the novel “Bulibasha” by Witi Ihimaera. She is cast in the TV drama In Dark Places, the story about Teina Pora and the latest season of Brokenwood Mysteries.
She has recorded many plays and short stories for Radio NZ, was casting manager and kaitautoko for Documentary/Drama film “Belief” about the tragic death of Wainuiomata resident Janet Moses. Most recently she directed Albert Belz’s Astroman for The Court Theatre.
Hāpai Productions was co-founded by Nancy and Tanea Heke in 2013. Nancy took on the role of Producer/Director and Writer in their project Portrait of an Artist Mongrel – celebrating the writing of Rowley Habib which was presented at this year’s Auckland Writers Festival.