Courtney Rose Brown is a Te Whanganui-a-Tara based creative with a Masters in Creative Writing from the IIML.
She won Highly Commended for Playmarket’s Playwrights b4 25 competition three years in a row (2016-2018), with her works The First Time, 72 Cambridge Terrace and Running Late respectively. Running Late won Playmarket’s Plays for the Young (Teenage category) in 2017 and in 2018, her play Losing It co-written with Alayne Dick was shortlisted in the same competition. Her play Your Call Is Important to Us which she wrote as part of Auckland Theatre Company’s ‘Young Writer’s Table’ was shortlisted in Playwrights b4 25 2019, which she won with her play Breathless.
The First Time (also shortlisted for Plays for the Young 2017) had a successful debut at BATS theatre followed by seasons at The Little Theatre and Circa Theatre with critical acclaim. The script was then nominated for Best New NZ Play at the 2017 Wellington Theatre Awards, where she was also nominated for Outstanding New Playwright. You can find a monologue from The First Time in Playmarket’s 101 New Zealand Monologues for Youth.
She's one half of the new production company Toi Ngākau Productions and is interested in creating thought-provoking art through a female and queer lens. Her work aims to lift minority voices within Aotearoa’s creative content and spark conversations in communities.