September 21, 2021
Burns Fellowship for Belz
Albert Belz has been appointed this year’s Robert Burns Fellow.
The award-winning playwright and actor intend to use his time at the University of Otago in Dunedin to work on two projects examining themes including religion, the cult of personality, identity and sovereignty.
Belz, who has Ngāti Porou, Ngā Puhi and Ngāti Pokai connections, was the creator and head writer on the Māori comedy series Tongue Tied which ran on Maori Television in 2018.
His latest play, Astroman, has been produced in Melbourne, Christchurch and Auckland.
He has acted in numerous productions in Aotearoa and Australia and appeared in television shows such as Hercules, Rip Girls and Shortland Street.