Paul Maunder’s qualifications are: BA (History and English), Victoria University of Wellington; Diploma of Drama, National Institute of Dramatic Art, University of NSW; Diploma of Film, London Film School; Diploma of Education, Wellington College of Education; MA (theatre studies), Canterbury University; PhD (theatre studies), Canterbury University.
Paul has worked in professional theatre and film all his working life. His credits include a feature film, television dramas and documentaries, now available on www.nzonscreen. His theatre work covers professional theatre, alternative theatre, community theatre and theatre in education. He currently co-ordinates the West Coast community theatre group, Kiwi/Possum Productions.
He has had three books published: Tornado and other stories written over time (Maitai River Press, 2011), Coal and the Coast (Canterbury University Press, 2012) and Rebellious Mirrors (CUP, 2013). His work has appeared in a number of Australasian magazines and his stories have been recorded for Radio NZ National.
Paul is active in his local community of Blackball on the West Coast, co-coordinating the Blackball Museum of Working Class History, and he is secretary of Unions West Coast, the NZ Council of Trade Unions’ regional body. He also conducts creative writing workshops for local school children.
In June 2015 Paul presented a paper to the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Conference held at the University of Sydney. His paper, titled I-I, can be read here.