The Playmarket Award was awarded to Renée at the Playmarket Accolades held at the Hannah Playhouse in Wellington on 12 November 2017.
The $20,000 cash prize recognises a playwright who has made a significant artistic contribution to theatre in New Zealand.
Renée was born in 1929 and is of Ngati Kahungungu and Irish-English-Scots ancestry. She has described herself as a ‘lesbian feminist with socialist working-class ideals’. Her body of work includes her acclaimed trilogy plays Wednesday to Come, Pass it On and Jeannie Once.