Albert Belz’s career in the arts originally began in acting before he turned his hand to writing for stage and screen. He is an award-winning playwright and his unique voice has crossed many datelines and divides; he has performed in many venues across the world, from London and Paris, to New York and Sydney. Issues ranging from class, ethnicity and sexual politics to Gothic serial killers and religion resonate through his words. Albert has held writing residencies in Le Quesnoy (Northern France) and both The University of Waikato and Victoria University. This year, he will be one of the writers in residence at the University of Canterbury. His latest play, Cradle Song, a horror set in South-west Ireland, recently won The Adam NZ Play Award for Best Play by a Māori Playwright 2018. Another play, Astroman, is being produced by Melbourne Theatre Company and The Court Theatre in Christchurch and will open in both cities on the same evening this year. His latest television comedy series Tongue Tied, will be broadcast on Māori Television during Matariki 2018. Albert has been lecturing at MIT in Capstone Performing Arts, Writing for Screen and Writing for Stage since 2016.