Batanai Mashingaidze

Actor | Director
Batanai Mashingaidze is a Zimbabwe born, New Zealand actor, director and creative based in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Since graduating from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 2016, she has performed in multiple theatre shows. Most recently appearing in Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner, for which she received stand-out reviews in the play’s sell-out run.

Batanai’s background as a 1st AD gave her real-world experience to draw from as ‘Ronnie the 1st AD’ in Tawhiri Productions’ immersive experience Second Unit (2019), commanding and directing 400 audience members a night over the three week season.

In 2016 Batanai helped create Arts Access Aotearoa's The Looking Glass; a devised theatre piece at Arohata Women’s Prison with 20 of the women in the unit. She continues to collaborate with Auckland’s MIXIT, mentoring youth from refugee and migrant backgrounds.
Ethnicity - African

Height - 172cm

Eye Colour - Brown

Hair Colour - Black

Location - Auckland

Age Range - 23 - 33

Full Biography

Credits
Actor

Television
2022 - Wellington Paranormal - Restaurant Worker - Director - Tim van Dammen - Paul Yates, New Zealand Documentary Board

Theatre
2022 - Seven Methods of Killing Kylie Jenner - Cleo - Director - Keagan Carr Fransch
2020 - Second Unit; What Will You Do in the Shadows - Core - Director - Stella Reid, Benjamin Henson and Andrew Foster - Tawhiri, New Zealand Festival
2020 - The Miracle Worker- Viney - Auckland Theatre Company (to be released)
2020 - Emilia, Pop Up Globe - William Shakespeare, Hester - Directed by Miriama McDowell
2018 - Public Service Announcement - Performer - Directors - Anya Tate Manning and Hannah Smith
2018 - Odd One Out Tour - Core - Director - Jo Randerson - In Partnership with Capital E
2018 - Performer - Rushes
2017 - Maids - Core -Director -Sam Phillips

Short Film
2017 - Drop Down Globe - Beatrice - Director - Stella Reid
2016 - Marching - Batanai - Director - James Ashcroft - Light in the Dark Productions

Music
2019 - World of Wearable Arts Awards Show - Featured Singer, award ceremony

Director
2021 - EggFruit - Barbarian Productions, Te Papa
2018 - Mixit Youth Arts Organisation
Training
2014 -2016 - Bachelor of Performing Arts - Toi Whakaari

Awards
N/A
Skills
Accents -American, British
Driver’s License - Full
Painter, Baker, Musician, Hockey, Jogging, Netball