Malia Johnston


Malia Johnston graduated from Unitec with a Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts in 1998, and since then has created a significant body of performance work throughout New Zealand, including choreography for Auckland Theatre Company’s Billy Elliot the Musical last year.  

Malia is the Artistic Director of Movement of the Human and has collaborated with other creative organisations and artists. She has created a significant repertoire including Brouhaha, Mana Wahine, Rushes, and most recently Meremere, which will have a national tour in 2018. Malia was the Artistic Director and choreographer of the World of Wearable Art Awards Show from 2002-2014 and will direct their 30th Anniversary show in 2018. She has worked on public and commemorative events including the opening of the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in 2015, and the New Zealand National Day performance at the Shanghai World Expo. Malia is an ambassador for the new Te Auaha centre, a creative industries training centre in Wellington that will open its doors in 2018. In 2013, Malia was awarded the Creative NZ Choreographic Fellowship. She is currently an ATC Artistic Associate; this is a creative development programme introduced this year.