Donna Banicevich Gera

Donna Banicevich Gera is a Wellington-based writer.

She has a BA (Hons) in English, Theatre, Film & Media Studies, an Advanced Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing, a Certificate in Writing for Documentary, a Certificate in International Theatre Directing, and an MA in Creative Writing (Scriptwriting) from the International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington.

Donna’s work has been produced for radio, page, stage, and screen, with her stage plays being presented in New Zealand, Australia, Spain, Austria, the USA, and Alaska. Her main area of interest is writing of other cultures, telling migrant stories, exploring themes of lost identity, and developing work with a strong multi-cultural feel.

She has had several overseas artists’ residencies, and attended many offshore workshops, seminars and conferences, enabling her to acquire knowledge and write outside of her native homeland.

In addition to her own writing, Donna teaches writing workshops and is experienced in motivating others to achieve their goals – creative, academic, and professional. She is inspired by her students exploring the creative power of the imagination.


Anton’s Women

Anton a Dalmatian immigrant living in New Zealand and the women in his life. Vanya who was left behind in Dalmatia. Isobel an English woman he marries. Danicia who has been sent from Dalmatia to marry his son. Hewa the Maori woman he works with.
Maidment Theatre, University of Auckland, 2008
Baby Face
Baby Face was developed after reading a newspaper article about a group of Thai women workers being kept under lock and key in a clothing factory in suburban Auckland. Since then other stories about various sweatshops have come to light and been reported in local newspapers, one as recently as 2010. Inspired by these true stories, Baby Face is a play about migrant workers who have left their homelands in search of a better life. Set in a garment factory through the eyes of a group of young workers, we discover their experiences as they come together, struggling in an attempt to improve their future and make something of their lives.
Studio 77, Victoria University of Wellington, 2012



An examination of an affair between a teacher and a pupil from many perspectives
Short+Sweet Auckland, 2010