Ankita Singh

Ankita Singh

I believe if you want to change people's minds, you have to touch their hearts. This is why the current focus of my work is making stories that are fun and accessible to a wide audience through humor and action while still containing important messages and themes.

Locations
Auckland

Bio

Ankita Singh is a writer, documentary director and award-winning theatre producer raised between Chandigarh and Kirikiriroa. She can trace her ancestry to the Himalayan hill station of Ranikhet,  Aligarh and pre-partition Lahore in Punjab. 

Not long after completing her Master's in Screenwriting from AUT University, Ankita won the 2021 Piki Pitch. With a firm grasp for storytelling, Ankita has had a recent streak of successfully funded projects including being one of six teams creating a half-hour episode for TVNZ’s Motherhood Anthology and receiving a Seed grant in 2022 to develop her supernatural romantic-comedy feature film. 

Ankita made history as the first South Asian female playwright to be commissioned by Auckland Theatre Company, NZ's largest and most established theatre company. Her debut action-comedy play 'Basmati Bitch' premiered at Q Rangatira - the season was extended twice due to popular demand. 

She is currently developing her series with Piki Films and working on her next play - a horror magic-realist play 'RABID' through the Rocket Park Writers Lab. 

As a producer, Ankita specialises in discovering, developing and showcasing Pan-Asian and BIPOC creative talent in Aotearoa through her company Oriental Maidens. 

Notable works include co-producing 'Scenes From A Yellow Peril' with SquareSums&Co and Auckland Theatre Company, 'Nathan Joe: Homecoming Poems' (Toronto Queer Film Festival, 2022), 'I am Rachel Chu' (“Auckland Live: Free Your Mind” and “Best Newcomer (Ensemble)” award, 2019), '800 Lunches' (Someday Stories, 2019) and 'First World Problems' (2018, 2019). 

Oriental Maidens recently became a self-funded publisher, publishing the script of 'Scenes From a Yellow Peril' by Nathan Joe, adding this critical work to the Kiwi-Asian theatre canon. 

In 2020, Ankita received the "Outstanding Newcomer Award" at the Auckland Theatre Awards for her contribution to the local theatre industry. 

Experience

Year Production Role Company / Director
2024 GIVE ME BABIES Co-Creator & Writer TVNZ
2023 BASMATI BITCH Playwright ATC - Auckland Theatre Company
2023 Nathan Joe: Homecoming Poems Co-Producer Going West Productions
2022 The Hustle Producer & Post Director Network Three & Discovery NZ
2022 Scenes From A Yellow Peril Co-Producer ATC - Auckland Theatre Company
2022 Arranged Season 3 Researcher Network Three & Discovery NZ
2022 Black Creatives Aotearoa Playwrights Lab Producing Mentor BCA
2019 First World Problems 2.0 Producer Basement Theatre
2019 800 Lunches Producer Day One Shorts (Formerly Someday Stories)
2019 I am Rachel Chu Producer Auckland Fringe
2019 Woman of Citrus Producer Basement Theatre
2019 Chromacon Indie Arts Festival Assistant Producer Chromacon
2018-2019 Short+Sweet Auckland Assistant Producer SquareSums&Co
2018 First World Problems Producer Basement Theatre
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2020 Master of Creative Writing - Specialising in Screenwriting TRAINING AUT University, Andrew Bancroft
2019 Communications Intern, Producing INTERN & TRAINING CJ Culture Foundations, South Korea
2018 Marketing Intern, Show Assistant & Producing INTERN & TRAINING Indian Ink, Jacob Rajan & Justin Lewis