Maki Morita (she/they) is a writer and performance-maker of Japanese descent on unceded Wurundjeri country. Maki believes in performance as a mode of reverie, and seeks to create work that is funny-sad-mad to reflect on the inherent weirdness of our world and our everyday lives.
Recent projects include dance piece (live art, Labour Lexica exhibition, Linden New Art, 2022) and Trash Pop Butterflies, Dance Dance Paradise (fortyfivedownstairs 2022, Theatre Works 2023). They are a 2022 Wheeler Centre Playwright Hot Desk Fellow and have appeared in events including Emerging Writers Festival, National Young Writers Festival and Feminist Book Week. Her writing has also appeared or is forthcoming in Cordite, Mascara Literary Review, Portside Review & more.
As a producer, Maki worked on becoming ghosts by Te Bajao for Melbourne Fringe Festival 2023, which was nominated for Best Work by an Emerging Artist.
Maki graduated with a Master of Theatre (writing) from the Victorian College of the Arts, where she was awarded the Portland House Theatre Outreach scholarship.
They were fortunate to receive the George Fairfax Memorial Award, which allowed them to travel to New York and receive mentorship from US experimental playwright, Sibyl Kempson.