Rashmi Pilapitiya


For the past 23 years, Rashmi Pilapitiya has worked in theatre, television and voice-overs. Her experience with the acting industry has been about breaking down barriers – an ongoing theme since emerging in the early 1990s as a unique ethnic voice. Throughout her training and career, Rashmi has been grounded in the bicultural conversation in New Zealand but always with the lens of a multicultural voice. She holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology from The University of Auckland and was the first Sri Lankan woman to graduate from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School with a BA in Performing Arts. Rashmi has had the privilege of calling Somerset, Wales, Croydon, Sunderland, Colombo, Taumarunui, Doha and, for the past 30 years, Tāmaki Makaurau, home.

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