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How We Survive Productions is born of the brilliance and friendship of Carrie Rudzinski and Olivia Hall. 


Internationally renowned poets and performers, Carrie and Olivia began collaborating in 2016 and have created three poetry theatre shows together: 

How We Survive (2019), Hysterical (2022), and The Bitching Hour (2023). 


Hysterical won Best New Aotearoa Play at the Wellington Theatre Awards and Outstanding Performance Poetry at the Auckland Fringe Festival. 

How We Survive Productions has published two poetry books, a spoken word album, and is heading to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2023.

Carrie and Olivia's poetry is confronting and accessible; angry and loving; powerful and needed. It reminds us this is how we survive: together.

Carrie Rudzinski (She/her) is a poet, published author, and teaching artist who has performed over the past 17 years in 6 countries and across the United States. In 2019, she won the Pussy Riot award at the Auckland Fringe Festival and received a standing ovation at Tedx Christchurch. Featured in Bustle, HuffPost and Teen Vogue, her poems have been published in such collections as Landfall, The Spinoff, Stasis Journal, Learn Then Burn, Catalyst, and Muzzle.

She ranked 4th in the world at the 2014 Women of the World Poetry Slam and is a co-founder of the JAFA Poetry Slam. Carrie has authored seven books, five spoken word albums, and performed at Auckland Readers and Writers Festival, Nelson Arts Festival, LitCrawl and WORD Christchurch. 

She loves peanut butter, playing Mario Kart, and buying plants that she will one day kill from overwatering. She currently resides in Auckland, New Zealand with her partner.

Find her on instagram @Splintercheek


Olivia Hall (she/her) is a kiwi poet with a Masters Degree in Gender, who has also lived and performed in New York and London. In New York she won multiple poetry slams at the famous Bowery Poetry club, and in London she was the 2019 Genesis Slam Champion, and made the top six at the 2021 Hammer and Tongue National Final. Liv has been performing poetry for eight years and came third at the 2015 New Zealand Slam Championships. She previously helped organise and run Poetry in Motion in Wellington and won the 2015 Matariki Slam, the 2016 Capital Slam and the 2017 Wellington Fringe Festival Slam. Her work was published in the 2020 Poets Versus Sexual Harassment anthology, produced in partnership with UN Women in the UK. She is still not really sure what she wants to do with her life or where to call home, but recently moved from London to Auckland, New Zealand with her partner.

Find her on Instagram @livs_hall

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