Big Screen Symposium

Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu is an Auckland-based writer and actor.

She is a graduate of Unitec’s Screen and Performing Arts degree and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Auckland University in Film, Television and Media.

Josephine is one of eight filmmakers selected to participate in Script to Screen’s 2016 FilmUp Mentorship Programme. She is working alongside her mentor, Mexican filmmaker Dana Rotberg, developing her first feature film script.

With a background in theatre, her earlier works, co-written with a devising partner, Chalk and Ruby Tuesday, had seasons in Auckland and Wellington. Both of which were nominated and winners of the Wellington Fringe Awards and the Auckland Fringe Awards.

In 2015, her play The Black, was a personal telling of her own experiences with depression. The piece was named one of Auckland Theatre’s Best Moments of 2015 by The Pantograph Punch. It integrated live animation and projected stop-motion alongside live performance.

Her most recent work, a play, Sean Penn is in His Boat, was awarded runner up at the prestigious Adam Play Awards 2016 and is in the process of being developed by Playmarket New Zealand.

Aside from script writing, Josephine is a guest columnist for the online cultural magazine The Pantograph Punch. She has also spent 3 years writing and researching for Marilyn Waring, and her work on Gender Identity in the Asia Pacific region for the UNDP.

When she isn’t writing or acting, Josephine as a casting assistant for film, television, and advertising. Most notable productions include FILTHY RICH and Lee Tamahori’s MAHANA.

See Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu in the following session:

WARU: Breaking the silence – Sat 24th September, 11:00 am.