Ankita Singh is an Auckland based screenwriter and award-winning theatre producer hailing from Chandigarh and Kirikiriroa. She is the founder of Oriental Maidens, a creative production company specialising in discovering, developing and showcasing BIPOC creative talent in Aotearoa.
Notable works include ‘First World Problems’ (2018 and 2019), ‘I am Rachel Chu’ (2019) and ‘Scenes From A Yellow Peril’ (AAF, 2020). Ankita is currently co-producing prime-time documentary series 'The Hustle' with Razor Films and her company Dispatch Pictures for Three and Discovery. As a writer, Ankita has received development through ATC’s ‘Young Writers Table’, PAT’s ‘Fresh off the Page’ series and Oryza’s ‘Asian Playwrights Lab’. As a South Asian New Zealander, Ankita is passionate about diversity in the media and advocating for minority representation in front of and behind the camera. Ankita was the recipient of the 2021 Piki Pitch development fund and will be developing her series with Piki Films. Her play 'Basmati Bitch' debuts with Auckland Theatre Company, 2023.
Loose Canons is a series where we invite artists we love to share five things that have shaped their creative practice. Illustrator, producer and hot-shot screenwriter and playwright - Ankita Singh on the things that have powered her journey so far.
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