Renee, a second-generation Chinese Kiwi, is a poet, playwright, paediatrician, medical researcher and fiction writer.
Renee is a multidisciplinary artist, having written in many genres including short and long fiction, poetry, theatre, non fiction, blogging and arts journalism. She has also collaborated on visual arts works, film and music, produced and directed theatre works, worked as a dramaturge, taught creative writing and organized community-based arts initiatives.
She organises community arts events such as New Kiwi Women Write, a writing workshop series for migrant women in association with Auckland Council. She is a regular contributor to The Big Idea, a website linking NZ's arts community. Renee has written, produced and nationally toured seven award-winning plays, published eight anthologies of migrant women's writing and has been published and anthologised as a poet.
In 2017 she made her foray into musical writing as a librettist for Auckland Arts Festival commissioned The Bone Feeder opera (with composer Gareth Farr) and as lyricist and book writer for Dominion Rd The Musical (with composer Jun Bin Lee). Her interactive digital game with Allan Xia, Golden Threads, commissioned by Auckland Museum for their current exhibition Being Chinese in Aoteroa, was recognised at the Play by Play Awards 2017 with an award for Representation and was then exhibited in China as part of two digital festivals. She also co-wrote the script For The Light, a short film by Steven Chow, selected to screen at the NZ International Film Fesitval 2017.
She holds a Master of Creative Writing and a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts (Theatre Writing) from the University of Auckland, a medical degree and a specialist qualification as a paediatrician.
For her activities in arts, science and medicine, Renee was named a Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader in 2010. She won the Royal Society Manhire Prize in Science Writing for Creative Non-Fiction in 2012. Her play The Quiet Room was shortlisted for the Adam Play Award in 2013, won the teen section of Playmarket’s Plays For The Young in 2014, and SWANZ award for Best Play in 2016. Under The Same Moon was a finalist in the SWANZ Best Play Awards in 2015.
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