MNZM, NZ Arts Laureate, Hynds 2015 Creative Entrepreneur of the Year
One of New Zealand's outstanding artists and founder of The New Zealand Dance Company, Shona is an innovative choreographer for dance, theatre and film and also a director, filmmaker and interactive installation artist. She is also director of The Human Agency, an agency that has launched and supported the careers of many multi-talented artists.
Shona has a long history of collaboration with other art forms, creating extensive work for theatre, television and film, including choreography for Watershed Theatre’s many musical productions under the direction of Michael Hurst and Simon Bennett with music by John Gibson and Auckland Theatre Company’s Equus, Cabaret, Sweet Charity and Chicago.
Shona’s extensive work in film and television includes choreography for Xena – Warrior Princess, Hercules, Spartacus and Legend of the Seeker and feature films Lord of the Rings and King Kong. Shona has developed an international reputation as an award-winning and innovative filmmaker and in 2000 she became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to dance.
A key creative director in many live events over the last several years, Shona became a NZ Arts Laureate in 2002, and in 2011 was Head Choreographer for New Zealand’s globally broadcast and highly regarded Rugby World Cup Opening Ceremony.
She is a proud member of Actors Equity and is thrilled to be working with her dream creative team again.