Mīria George

Mīria George (Te Arawa; Ngati Awa; Tumutevarovaro, Enua Manu, Ngāti Kuki ‘Ārani) is a poet, writer, director and producer of theatre and film.

Her first stage play, Oho Ake premiered in Wellington in 2004.

Mīria’s award-winning work has toured New Zealand. In 2007 and what remains marked Miria’s international debut as a playwright. He Reo Aroha, co-written with Jamie McCaskill, premiered in Wellington at the New Zealand International Arts Festival in 2010. Her work has toured internationally, including Canada, Hawai'i, Australia and the United Kingdom. 

Mīria holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington's International Institute of Modern Letters. In 2017, Mīria was the Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer in Residence at University of Hawai’i, Mānoa and won the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award.

The portmanteau feature film VAI premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2019, marking Mīria’s debut as a writer and director of film. Mīria is one of eight female directors of Pacific heritage who created VAI (Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions), the first feature film to be written, directed and produced by Pacific women.

In 2020, Mīria has created and directed Big Hair, Don’t Care, a digital kōrero that celebrates and innovates conversations with Māori, Pasifika and women of Colour artists of theatre and film.

Also a published poet, The Wet Season is Mīria’s debut collection of poetry, published by the Wai-te-ata Press. 

Mīria is a co-founder of Tawata Productions and Tawata Press.