Michelanne Forster has written eighteen plays, six books, and short stories which have appeared in Landfall, Metro and Takahe. Her plays have been performed by theatre companies throughout New Zealand, and in the UK, Australia, and the United States. Michelanne spent a decade with Television New Zealand as a script editor, writer, director and producer in the Children’s and Young People’s department; during this time she published four children’s books.
She was then employed by the Christchurch Institute of Technology (CPIT), as a film and television tutor at The New Zealand Broadcasting School, while continuing to build her free-lance writing career. After moving to Auckland in 2008 Michelanne taught regular courses in creative writing for Continuing Education at Auckland University. She also was employed as a dramaturg for Playmarket and The New Zealand Dance Company.
Michelanne now lives in Nelson and teaches at Volume Bookstore. She holds a BA Hons in Drama and a Diploma in Teaching with distinction.
Adam NZ Play Award ‘Best Play by a Woman’, 2015
Michael King/University of Auckland Fellowship 2011
Listener, Best Dunedin Theatre Production, My Heart is Bathed in Blood, 2006
Ursula Bethell, Writer in Residence, University of Canterbury, 1993
Best Radio NZ Drama, Larnach – Castle of Lies, 1996
Takahe Short Story First Prize, My Side of the Story, 1996
Best RNZ Drama, The Rosenberg Sisters, 1997
Buckland Memorial Award for Literature, Daughters of Heaven, 1991