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 at the universities of Waikato, Victoria and Canterbury.
This year, he is completing his master’s degree at AUT. He is also working with Ilbijerri and Te Rēhia Theatre Companies to write a fresh, new indigenous piece with Mob and Māori practitioners. Last year, Astroman was produced by Melbourne Theatre Company and The Court Theatre in Christchurch. Albert continues to work in film and television while lecturing at Manukau Institute of Technology in Performing Arts.