Bay Landscapes Nelson Fringe Festival Awards 2020
To be announced...
Most Promising Emerging Talent
Most Original Concept
Best Solo Show
Bay Landscapes Edgiest Show
Spirit of the Fringe
Best Of Fringe
2020 Judging Panel
Wiremu Tuhiwai is teacher, entertainer and lover of improvisation based in the nations capital city, Wellington. Teaching numerous levels of improvisation from adult evening classes for beginners, through to teaching brand new formats at the NZ Improv Festival on multiple occasions.
He has performed with some of Wellington's best, with the Wellington Improvisation Troupe, Best on Tap and the Soap Factory here in Wellington. To having the opportunity to perform with other shows around the country, such as Scared Scriptless with the Court Jesters in Christchurch, Spontaneous in Palmerston North and The Deep End in Nelson.
A huge love for musicals and stage productions continued in Wellington with The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Spamalot, Footloose through to Shakespeare productions of Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest and personal favourite A Midsummer Night's Dream at Lower Hutt Repertory.
Wiremu recently finished a Zoom Production with Wintergreen Creative of The Cell, and remains very heavily involved in the Wellington improvisation scene with frequent shows and teachings today.
Jennifer O’Sullivan is an improvisor, director and creative producer living in Te-Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington, New Zealand). With an a MFA (Creative Practice) in Theatre from Victoria University, she is the co-founder and director of Locomotive, the director of the New Zealand Improv Festival and the creative lead for Kickin’ Rad Productions, as well as a freelance administrator, designer, and teacher. The last decade has seen her performing and producing in Wellington and across NZ and Australian festivals, as well as advocating for women, improv, LGBTQ*, and creative safety throughout the performance industry. In 2016 she created Late Night Knife Fight at BATS Theatre to encourage innovation and experimentation in improv forms, and to have a good time. Also, she has a very cute dog.
Alison B Buck
Alison B Buck is the Executive VP at Bohemia Group managing clients in the US, Europe, UK, Australia and NZ. From series regulars to actors just starting in the business, Bohemia likes to think they keep actors' feet on the ground without killing their dreams. Working in both management and casting has allowed Alison to be a control freak in multiple areas – which she likes.
Growing up in a musical and theatrical family, entertainment was always the goal. A brief stint in the corporate world gave Alison insight on how to “play the game”, but after many years she craved something more creative. With a smile and an oath to never wear pantyhose again, she hopped a plane to Los Angeles.
Since this realization, Alison has also built up a diverse casting resume. She has cast union and nonunion films, traditional format and new media, small and larger budget films and has a knack for being able to attach professional and skilled talent no matter what the budget of the project. She only has one caveat – a passion for the script.
Alison is currently enjoying a functioning workaholic existence in Lower Moutere.
Rohan O’Neill-Stevens is a Nelson City Councillor, activist, and avid campaigner. His creative credentials include an award-winning show in Nelson’s 2017 Fringe, serving on Arts Council Nelson, and a raft of work with improvisation. Most often found at speaking events and in and around the community, he loves Nelson’s artistic spirit.
Giles is a theatre director and producer based in Nelson. He has worked widely in theatre in the UK and Hong Kong before arriving in New Zealand. He worked at Edinburgh Fringe for many years and has also worked on festivals including New Zealand International Festival , Wexford Opera Festival, and Tbilisi Festival of the Arts. He was a founder, and still works for Prague Fringe and is currently the director of Nelson Shakespeare. Work in Nelson includes Maungatapu, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Head Above Water. He adapted and directed The Man Who Was Thursday which won several awards at the last Nelson Fringe.