Dr Angie Farrow
Associate Professor, English and Media Studies
Playing it right
Playwright, teacher and author Dr Angie Farrow has more than 20 national and international prizes to her name. Her creative methods of teaching are attracting not just those studying the arts, but science and business degree students eager for her creativity to rub off on their studies.
Originally from the UK, it wasn’t until she begun studying to become a teacher at Warwick University that Angie began writing plays.
Within a few years she had won her first awards including the prestigious Sunday Times Playwriting Award and a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Festival.
Now an Associate Professor in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University, Angie is renowned for her theatrical work and has been instrumental in forging new teaching techniques – albeit slightly out of the ordinary.
Regardless of the class, she gets all her students to physically warm up beforehand. She believes it gets the creative juices flowing for all subjects. The word is spreading and her techniques are so popular she has students from a wide range of disciplines wanting to take her classes.
When she’s not teaching, she’s working on her next masterpiece – but like all artists, she is worried her creativity may someday dry up.
So she lives by the encouragement she gives her own students: the only way to find your creativity is to do. If you want to write, write. If you want to act, join an acting group. You can do it!