Ankita Singh and Naomi Simon-Kumar

Kaituhi Tūtahi | Contributing Writer
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. Naomi is of South Indian heritage and was raised between Pōneke, Kirikiriroa and India. She has both Malayali Syrian Christian and Hindu ancestry. She holds an academic and policy-focused research background and is interested in issues of social inclusion, particularly in improving opportunities for diverse practitioners in the creative arts industries. In her free time, she writes non-fiction and creative prose and has published work in various anthologies including Starling, A Clear Dawn (Auckland University Press), and Ko Aotearoa Tatou (Otago University Press).
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