Albert Belz

Albert Belz (born 1973) is an New Zealand actor, theatre and screenwriter.

Albert Alexander Belz[1] (Ngati Porou, Nga Puhi, Ngati Pokai)[2] was born in Whakatane, New Zealand,[3] lived in Auckland from the age of 12, then in Hamilton and Wellington. In 2012 he moved to Australia, before returning to New Zealand several years later.[4]

Acting career

As an actor Belz has appeared in:


A professional writer for television, film and theatre since 2001, Belz has written:

  • Te Maunga, a script for theatre, first performed in 2001
  • Awhi Tapu, 2006,[5] nominated for Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards
  • Yours Truly, 2006, won Chapman Tripp Theatre Awards for Best New New Zealand Play, Most Original Play, and the Bruce Mason Playwriting Award for Best Emerging New Zealand Playwright[6]
  • Te Karakia, 2008 Wellington International Festival of the Arts
  • Raising the Titanics won The New Zealand Listeners Best New New Zealand Play 2010
  • Cradle Song, won The Adam NZ Play Award for Best Play by a Māori Playwright 2018[7]
  • Maui Magic, a children’s play[8]
  • Astroman, simultaneous seasons in 2018 by the Melbourne Theatre Company directed by Sarah Goodes, and Court Theatre, Christchurch directed by Nancy Brunning[9]
  • Tongue Tied, television comedy series screened on Maori Television[7]

Belz is a lecturer in performing arts and writing at Manukau Institute of Technology. He has held writing residencies in Le Quesnoy, France, the University of Waikato, Victoria University of Wellington, and the University of Canterbury.[10]


  1. "Albert Belz". IMDb. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  2. "Cultural Storytellers: Albert Belz". The Big Idea. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  3. "Spotlight - Albert Belz". 2006. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  4. "Feature | Playwright Albert Belz on Astroman - Melbourne Theatre Company". Melbourne Theatre Company. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  5. Belz, Albert (2006). Awhi tapu. Wellington, N.Z.: The Play Press. ISBN 1877319058. OCLC 156421459.
  6. "Turbine 2011 - An Interview with Albert Belz". Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  7. "Albert Belz". Auckland Theatre Company. 2018. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  8. "Albert Belz | Playmarket". Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  9. "Astroman". The Court Theatre. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  10. "Ursula Bethell Residency". The University of Canterbury. Retrieved 21 October 2018.

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