Mustaq Missouri arrived in Aotearoa in March 2014 and, in that year, was part of a reading of Ahi Karunaharan’s TEA, conducted under the guidance of Auckland Theatre Company. In 2015, Mustaq was in the Summer Shakespeare season of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Michael Hurst. Following that he acted in The Mourning After, the first Sri Lankan play in New Zealand, written by Ahi Karunaharan and directed by Padma Akula. He also appeared in The Lesson, an absurdist play by Eugène Ionesco, directed by Matt Baker. In March 2016 and 2017, he was in the Summer Shakespeare productions of The Tempest at the Pop-up Globe and As You Like It, directed by Benjamin Henson. His first performance in 2018 was in TEA, which was part of the Auckland Arts Festival. Other shows in 2018 included Dara by Prayas Theatre, First World Problems by Agaram Productions and a Cantonese version of Ionesco’s The Chairs.