Ahi is a multi-award winning actor, writer and director with a focus to shed light on stories that we don’t often hear.

About the speaker

Ahi Karunaharan is an actor, writer and director, with a focus on creating stories that often go untold and amplifying voices that we don’t always hear. “I’m most excited by creatives and practitioners looking to break boxes that they are put into and collaborate with those who don’t get the centre stage often.”

Ahi is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School. The winner of the 2018 Bruce Mason Award, Ahi’s writing credits include The Mourning After, Anchorite, The Adventures of Rama, Swabhoomi: Borrowed Earth and Tea which premiered at the Auckland Arts Festival 2018 winning best Overall Production at the Auckland Theatre Awards.

Ahi’s directing credits include Thali for Auckland Fringe Festival, Rudali-The Mourner and Swabhoomi: Borrowed Earth for Prayas Theatre, Should Woulda Coulda for the Here and Now Youth Festival, Northern Glow, First Word Problems and Smoky Quartz Does Turkish for Basement Theatre, A Fine Balance for Auckland Theatre Company, Kollywood Extra for Satellites and Light Vs Dark for for Auckland Live.

“Having been based in Auckland for the last 9 years and watching our creative sector evolve, I’ve been actively growing our South Asian creative community and have learnt the importance of creating our own stories and re-writing our narratives.”

Ahi’s newest work, My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak, is a new major commission by Silo Theatre taking place on the Q Theatre - Rangatira stage from 21 November - 14 December. 

Come and join Ahi on the set of My Heart Goes Thadak Thadak at Q Theatre for the last CreativeMornings/Auckland event of 2019. Ahi will be exploring his process of creation while speaking to our global theme, LOST.

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