Desiree Gezentsvey - Writer

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Desiree has lived in New Zealand since 1985 with her husband and three daughters. She has a BA in Modern Languages, an MA in Creative Writing – Scriptwriting (IIML, VUW), and an MA in Literary Translation (VUW). She has had plays and short films produced, and has published a bilingual book of poetry, ‘Next Time Around / la próxima vez’ (Steele Roberts, 2007) which deals with the subject of immigration and separation from loved ones. Her poetry piece ‘Under the Southern Stars’ was recorded and broadcast by Radio NZ, and seven of her poems were set to music by award winning NZ composer Dorothy Buchanan. Desiree has also been involved in various projects as script development consultant, and has translated fiction, poetry and theatre from English to Spanish and Spanish to English. Desiree's play 'Nuclear Family' premiered at the 2011 Adelaide Fringe Festival, and was part of the London Solo Festival and the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Desiree won the Best Stageplay Award for 'Nuclear Family' (Script) at the 2011 Moondance International Film Festival Competition. 

Yael Gezentsvey - Actor

Yael is a graduate of both Victoria University and Unitec in New Zealand, where she completed degrees in Film and Theatre, and Acting. Over the last eight years, Yael has worked as an actor, producer, director and writer on various stage and screen productions including the TVNZ Sunday Theatre television feature film 'A Piece of My Heart', and her own original play 'Paper Scissors Rock'. In February 2011, Yael performed the premiere of 'Nuclear Family' at the Adelaide Fringe Festival in Australia, which she then performed at the London Solo Theatre Festival, the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the London Etcetera theatre and the Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in the UK.

She is represented by Gail Cowan Management   



James Hadley - Director

James Hadley trained in directing at the Victoria and Otago Universities in New Zealand and Toi Whakaari – The New Zealand Drama School, graduating with a Masters of Theatre Arts in Directing. He has directed over 25 productions in New Zealand, including works by Shakespeare, Chekhov and emerging New Zealand playwrights. He particularly enjoys directing immersive, promenade productions.

The premiere production of 'Nuclear Family' was directed by Dushyant Kumar.

Lara Phillips - Publicist

Lara Phillips is a freelance Senior Copywriter and Arts Publicist based in Wellington. She has 9 years experience working for various advertising and design agencies including Clemenger BBDO, and Auckland based Sugar and .99. She has been the Senior Copywriter on the award-winning Air New Zealand (Winner of the 2009 RSVP Grand Prix and RSVP Customer Engagement Gold Awards), New World and Westpac, and the Copywriter on Honda, TSB Bank, Mainland Cheese and Alac, to name a few. She was also the Publicist for the BATS Theatre show Paper Scissors Rock in August 2010.  or phone 021 905 272