Performer/ devisor/ producer.
Cian Parker (Ngāpuhi) is an award-winning performer, writer, theatre maker, performer and producer.
After graduating from the University of Waikato in 2018, she has gained professional experience in theatre, while also touring her own original work.
Her multiple awards include the Ngā Manu Pīrere award at the Creative New Zealand 2019 Te Waka Toi Awards. In 2020, she was awarded ‘Most Promising Emerging Artist’ at the New Zealand Fringe Awards. She is also one of The Arts Foundation’s 2021 Springboard Award recipients. And at the 2021 Wellington Theatre awards she received the ‘New Playwright Award’.
Most recently she was an actor and co-deviser in the Equal Voices Arts show ‘Where Our Shadows Meet’, and has worked alongside choreographer Eddie Elliott as a co-writer and dramaturg for the dance theatre piece show ‘Waiwhakaata: Reflections in the Water’.
In 2022 she was one of the Q Theatre residents where she began exploring her new work which was inspired by the community she grew up in, Melville. In November last year, Cian attended an international residency with Frantic Assembly in London, UK. She will also be touring a work she co-created with Laura Haughey ‘All I See’ to the Northern Ballet in Leeds United Kingdom, and at the National Theatre of Serbia in Belgrade in June 2023.
Cian is currently working as the producer for Equal Voices Arts, working alongside the team to support and create more equity, awareness and opportunity for Deaf people throughout the arts industry.