Cian Gardner is an up-and-coming actor and writer. She graduated from the University of Waikato with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies.
As a performer Gardner has worked with a range of practitioners on different styles of productions. In 2014 she took part in Jo Randerson’s Yo Future. She performed in a range of Carving In Ice Shows such as Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale, Eurydice and Orlando Sarah Ruhl, 9 Parts of Desire Heather Raffo, and the original verbatim piece Life Music. She worked with Equal Voices Arts on their North Island leg of their award winning Salonica Tour. She was also a part of the Massive Nui Ensemble with Massive Theatre Company.
She founded the theatre company, Cove Theatre. Cove Theatre stands for the kaupapa of bring Māori storytelling to the mainstream stages. While also exploring the different facets of what Māori stories are and can be.
Their debut show Rauru was co-written by Gardner and Karina Nathan, as well as performed by both it's creators. Rauru's first season was the Hamilton's The Meteor Theatre. They were then invited to open the Rotorua Fringe Festival where they had a sell out opening night. Then Gardner and Nathan were invited by Hone Kouka and Miria George to bring Rauru to the 2019 Kia Mau Festival, where they had a sell-out season.
Gardner made it through the Waikato New Works Incubator Programme with her newest piece Sorry For Your Loss, which has gained full funding to take on the road around New Zealand.