Ruth Ngatai Glassey

Ngāi Tūhoe

Ruth Glassey was born in Martinborough and was educated in Wellington and Christchurch. For twenty years Ruth has been Registered as a General and Obstetric Nurse. She has seven years experience in the State Sector and is researching the history of Māori theatre for an M.A. thesis. Ruth graduated with a BA in Māori, Theatre and Psychology in 1999, and in 2001 was awarded a Post-Graduate Diploma of Arts in Māori Feminism, Research Methodology and Māori Performing Arts. In 2003 she was awarded Recognition of Prior Learning in Māori at Te Wananga o Aotearoa. Ruth established and is founding Director of the Māori Theatre Archives Unit in the Theatre Program at Victoria University. In 2003 she lectured in Māori Theatre at Massey University.

Biographical sources

  • Phone conversation and email correspondence with Ruth Glassey, 10 August 1998, and 26 May 2004.


  • "Koorero with Jim Moriarty." Australasian Drama Studies 42 (2003). No further details.
  • By Ruth Glassey and Ana Welham.
  • Other

  • "Māori Space." Race Gender Class 9/10 (1989): 24-29.
  • Co-authors Ruth Glassey and Todd Taiepa. In this interview, Glassey and Taiepa describe the history of the proposed Māori Students’ Centre at the University of Canterbury and they discuss some of the problems faced by Māori students on the campus.
  • Papers/Presentations

  • Ko te Whakapapa o Taki Rua. Te Herenga waka Marae, VUW. Te Kawa a Maui Postgraduate candidate’s Bilingual Conference Programme. No further details.
  • "Māori Theatre." Robert Stout Conference "Counter Canonical discourse." 2001. No further details.
  • Ko Taki Rua, Huakina mai te tatou: A case study for kaupapa Māori methodologies. Lecture, Te Herenga Waka Marae, VUW. Te Kawa a Maui: MAOR 123, Māori Society and Culture, 2002.
  • An Introduction to Māori Theatre. A Set of Five Seminars. Performing Arts Centre, Vivian Street, Wellington, N.Z. 2002.
  • A History of Māori Performance and Traditions: Initial understandings of Māori Perspectives in Theatre. A Set of Three Seminars. Performing Arts Centre, Vivian Street, Wellington, N.Z. 2002.
  • Māori Theatre: Meeting Adversity and Still Coming up Roses. AULLA Australasian Universities Language and Literature Association and Conference, 2003.