Ahi Karunaharan is a multidisciplinary artist of Srilankan Tamil descent working across stage and screen in Aotearoa. His work interrogates memory, nostalgia, dislocation, loss and grief from a diaspora lens.
From intimate encounters to large scale epics, pioneering works for the South Asian community, International Arts Festivals, immersive participatory installations and musicals, Ahi has worked with acclaimed companies across the globe including Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney Festival and Adelaide Festival and with Native Earth and Planet IndigenoUS Festival.
Ahi is the founder of Agaram Productions, a multi-award winning South Asian production house championing alternative narratives and otherness and tutors at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Scxhool of Drama and The Actors Programme.
In 2018 Karunaharan was awarded The Bruce Mason Playwright Award, recognising his work as an outstanding New Zealand playwright and an Excellence in Arts Leadership award in 2019.He is the recepient of multiple Auckland Theatre Awards and an Arts Foundation Laureate award celebrating his artistic contribution and achievements.
"One of New Zealand's most exciting and visionary directors."
- Pantograph Punch
"Karunaharan's direction: seamless, heartfelt and unerringly true. "
- The New Zealand Herald
"Doing vital and invigorating work to shake up and challenge mainstream art. A bold and rebellious step towards making theatre a more representative space in New Zealand."