October 3, 2012
2012 ARTS FOUNDATION AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
The 2012 Macqaurie Private Wealth New Zealand Arts Awards recipients include Rachel House, Arthur Meek, Cameron McMillan and Fiona Samuel
Rachel House,Ngāi Tahu/Ngāti Mutunga (Laureate Award) is an award-winning stage performer and director with an increasing profile in film. She has played roles in films such as Boy and Whale Rider and has played pivotal roles in the premieres of some New Zealand’s classic theatre such as Woman Far Walking. In 2012 she directed the te reo Māori version of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida which played to acclaim both here and at the Globe Theatre in London.
Arthur Meek (Harriet Friedlander New York Residency) writes for stage and screen, and has worked extensively as an actor. He first came to attention whilst at university for his award-winning short filmBeing John Campbell. He has been awarded the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award and a slew of awards and nominations in the Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards. His work betrays a singular and witty contemporary voice, bold in structure and style.
Cameron McMillan (New Generation Award) has been described by The Observer as one of ‘the most compelling and intelligent dancers on the world stage’. Born in New Zealand and trained at The Australian Ballet School, Cameron is based in London. He is Associate Artist with Dance East and has enjoyed a highly successful performance and creative career spanning large-scale classical ballet, independent contemporary dance, film and fashion.
Fiona Samuel (Laureate Award) is an actor, writer and director. She writes for film, theatre, radio and television, and has created award-winning dramas in all these fields. Her most recent work includes the television dramas Piece of my Heart and Bliss – the Beginning of Katherine Mansfield,both of which she wrote and directed. Her work has been called ‘succulent entertainment’, ‘beautiful’, ‘side-splittingly funny’ and ‘achingly sad’.