Sarah Delahunty

Sarah Delahunty was born and lives in Wellington. She is the author of over thirty works for the stage and focusses on work for young people.

In 1984 she wrote of the motherhood experience in Stretchmarks a musical written with composer Michelle Scullion. The play premiered at Circa Theatre in 1985, and was performed throughout New Zealand. Delahunty and Scullion collaborated on a follow-up, Lifelines, which premiered at Circa in 2002.

Since that time, Sarah has been teaching, directing and writing. She has directed the premieres of her original work in Wellington Fringe Festivals. Her works include two plays for the Young & Hungry Theatre Trust. Sarah has written and directed many adaptations of well-known stories for children including two seasons of Playstory, a storytelling and performance series for children at Downstage Theatre.

Two of Sarah’s plays have toured New Zealand secondary schools: Driving You Crazy, about driving safety for teenagers, and Another Planet, which covers issues around healthy and unhealthy relationships. 

In 1987, Delahunty won the prestigious Bruce Mason Playwriting Award. She has won Playmarket's Plays for the Young competition in 2009 and 2012 and NZ Fringe Awards in 2008 and 2013. 

In 2008, 2b or nt 2b was nominated for Outstanding New New Zealand Play in the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards and was published by Playmarket in 2009 with her play Eating the Wolf.