Donna Banicevich Gera

Tutor - non-fiction and scriptwriting (classroom and online)

Donna’s work has been produced for radio, page, stage, and screen, with her stage plays being presented in New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Austria, the USA, and Alaska. Her play titles include Anton's Women, Land Without Sundays, Hunterville, My Name is Ruhi, Come unto Me, The Captain's Curse and Baby Face. Her short films include Longing and Rip, and she wrote the script for a dance theatre production called Ella and Will. In 2009 her play Tarara Child won first place for best unproduced play in the PANZ playwriting competition.

Her main area of interests are in telling migrant stories, exploring themes of lost identity, and developing work with a strong multi-cultural feel. She has had several overseas artists’ residencies, and attended many offshore workshops, seminars and conferences, enabling her to acquire knowledge and write outside her New Zealand framework.

Donna has a BA (Hons) in English, Theatre, Film & Media Studies, a Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing from Whitireia NZ, Certificates in Writing for Documentary and International Theatre Directing, and an MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) from Victoria University, Wellington. She is currently Vice-President of PANZ - Playwrights Association of New Zealand Inc.

She enjoys motivating others to achieve their goals - creative, academic, and professional - and is inspired by her students exploring the creative power of the imagination. 'One never goes as far when one knows where one is going' - Christopher Columbus.

Related Areas of Interest

  • Nursing
  • Business and Management
  • Building Trades
  • English Language

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