Norelle Scott

Norelle Scott is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. Her play ‘Bridget and Iain’ received the Short + Sweet Hollywood – People’s Choice Award 2016. Her theatrical adaptation of ‘Oracles and Miracles’ from the novel by Stevan Eldred-Grigg toured New Zealand to packed houses and enthusiastic reviews. Her play ‘Promise Not To Tell’ received critical acclaim for its productions in Auckland (NZ), Wellington (NZ) and London (UK) and was selected for the 4th Women Playwrights International Conference in Galway Ireland. ‘Would I Lie to You?’ was an Adam Playwright Awards finalist and represented New Zealand at the British Council New Playwriting Awards. Norelle has written numerous commissioned plays including ‘mother/whaea/tama/son’ by Lethal Set for the AK07 Festival. She has been a Playwright in Residence at both Theatre Corporate and The Mercury Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand.

Screen credits include ‘Bridget and Iain’ (short) ‘Rud’s Wife’ (short) ‘User Friendly’ (feature). Her screenplay ‘Uncle’s Story’ (adapted from the novel by Witi Ihimaera) won the Antipodean Screenplay Award at the Cinema des Antipodes Festival in St. Tropez. Television credits in New Zealand include ‘True Life Stories’ ‘Shortland Street’, ‘Marlin Bay’, ‘Gloss’ and ‘Shark in the Park’. Her Marlin Bay episode ‘Confidence’ was a Finalist for the International Writer’s Guild Award (1992). She also script-edited the internationally award winning television drama series ‘Aroha’ and was the story executive and script editor for the ‘Tala Pasifika’ Drama Series. She has worked as a script consultant in New Zealand and the USA.

Norelle has lectured at the University of Auckland, AUT University and Unitec. She was the Head of the Directing and Writing Major at Unitec, School of Performing and Screen Arts from 2002 -2004 and Head of Writing Pathway from 1999-2002. She received the Staff Trust award for teaching excellence at Unitec. She has a BA in English Literature, Film TV and Media Studies and BA HONS (First Class) in Gender Studies from the University of Auckland.