Nina Nawalowalo

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Nina Nawalowalo

Nawalowalo in 2018
Nawalowalo in 2018
BornNina Catharine Nawalowalo
OccupationTheatre director
ResidenceWellington, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
Notable awardsSenior Pacific Artist Award (2017)
Contemporary Pacific Art Award (2007)

Nina Catharine Nawalowalo ONZM is a New Zealand theatre director.


Nawalowalo has worked as a theatre director since the 1980s. Her productions focus on Pacific stories and she has presented at over forty international festivals, including the London International Mime Festival, British Festival of Visual Theatre, and the Moscow Arts Festival.[1]

In 2002 Nawalowalo cofounded the theatre company The Conch with Tom McCrory. The company is based in Wellington and had toured across New Zealand and internationally, in Australia and the Netherlands.[2][1] In 2013 the pair established the Solomon Islands National Women's Theatre Company Stages of Change with a focus on addressing violence against women and girls.[3]


  • Vula, premiered in 2002 at BATS Theatre, played in 2006 at Sydney Opera House, 2008 in the Netherlands and Barbican Theatre, London[2]
  • Masi, toured Fiji and Sydney Festival[2]
  • The Prophet, Downstage Theatre[4]
  • Duck Death and the Tulip, Edinburgh Festival[1]
  • The White Guitar[1]

Awards and honours[edit]

Nawalowalo received the Contemporary Pacific Art Award in 2007 and the Senior Pacific Artist Award in 2017 at the Arts Pasifika Awards.[5]

In the 2018 Queen's Birthday Honours, she was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to theatre and Pacific culture.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d "Arts Pasifika Awards Celebrate Excellence & Innovation". Scoop. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "About Us". The Conch. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  3. ^ Pacific, Dateline (14 March 2014). "Solomons Women's theatre company draws international attention". Radio NZ. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Fono 2010". Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Arts Pasifika Awards". Creative New Zealand. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2018". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 5 June 2018.

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