Taofia Pelesasa



Sydney, Australia


179 cm

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Career Highlights

Taofia is a Tokelauan-Samoan actor who was born and raised in New Zealand. He has worked extensively on the screen and the stage; notably with lead roles in short film Promise of Piha, web series The Factory and stage production The Frigate Bird Sings. A versailles creative, Taofia’s work as an actor sparked his passion for screen-writing and film-making.


2005John Paul College Drama Student of the Year
2005New Zealand Scholarship Drama Winner-Rotorua
2005PACANZ Performer of the Year-Third-Bay of Plenty Region
2005Winner of Best Individual Performance Award

Short Film.

2014Promise of Piha (Lead)Dir. Hanelle Harris
2012LovedumbBrown BoyMother Would Be Proud Productions - 48 hr Film Festival
Dir. Ruby Railey
2011Experimental FilmManUNITEC Productions
Dir. Kelly Chen
2011Finns FairyFinn (Support)UNITEC Productions
Dir. Sam Brooks
2011This is LibbyAnthonyUNITEC Productions
Dir. Ruby Railey
2010KissbackJustin (Lead)Unitec Productions
Dir. Ryan Mansfield
2010WorldsickOliver (Support)Unitec Productions
Dir. Nick Slimer
2009His Time on the StageJohn (Lead)Unitec Productions
Dir. Romain Moreau
2009MisunderstoodRobert (Lead)Whitecliff Film Productions
Dir. Desh Photiphan


2013Shortland StreetBryce Ford (Guest)South Pacific Pictures
Dir. Various
2013The Factory Webseries Joe Lonie (Lead)Jump Film And Television Limited
Dir. Joe Lonie


2017My Own DarlingMan from the Maunga, Lady Next DoorAuckland Theatre Company
Dir. Anapela Polativao
2012Consumer Affairs - Road ShowCar SalesmanOgilvy - Wellington
2012Faux PasDancerBlack Sheep Productions - Dunedin Fringe Festival
Dir. Natalie Clarke
2012The CrucibleJohn ProctorStage Two Productions
Dir. Luke Thornborough
2012The Frigate Bird SingsVili (Lead)Auckland Theatre Company
Dir. Alison Quigan
2012The Seven Funerals of Charlie MorrisElephant Nation Theatre Company
Dir. Chris Neels
2012You Are My B.O Putting on a Show Productions
Dir. Amanda Waldon
20114 The Love Of LosiLosi (Lead)UNITEC
Dir. Shimpal Lelisi
2011DisorderEddie OliverAuckland Theatre Company
Dir. Ben Crowder
2011M.I.T.PSolo ShowLumanaki Productions
Dir. Taofia Pelesasa
2011Mary Stuart (Support)Auckland Theatre Company
Dir. Colin McColl
2011Tabitha TalmusKoliElephant Nation Productions
Dir. Chris Neels
2011Three SistersToozenbachUNITEC Productions
Dir. Elena Stejko
2010Devised ShowingVariousUnitec Productions
Dir. Sam Scott
2010Fear of FlyingArtUnitec Productions
Dir. Jodie Ellis
2010Misery of Two Many CheesesFranklinUnitec Productions
Dir. Sam Molyneux
2010The Tempest; Prosperos DreamCalibanUnitec Productions
Dir. Anna Marbrook
2010What Once WasFatiaUnitec Productions
Dir. Sam Molyneux
2009Class ActVariousUnitec Productions
Dir. Heath Jones
2009LimaleimakoloaNarratorTokelauan Com. Theatre
Dir. Filipo Filipo
2009TitusAaronElephant Nation Productions
Dir. Patricia Phelan
2006Anthony and CleopatraCaesarNew Zealand Young Shakespeare Company
2005JosephReubenJohn Paul Players
Dir. Robert Young
2005Merry Regiment of WomenKing Henry IVJohn Paul Players
Dir. Gabrielle Thurston
2005Twelfth NightMalvolioNation Shakespeare in Schools Production
Dir. Robyn Malcolm
2004The CrucibleJudge HawthorneJohn Paul Players
Dir. Gabrielle Thurston
2003I Am...Patrina/CindyIsland Players Company
Dir. Paul So'oula
2002I Am...PatrinaRot. Pacific Island Trust
Dir. Paul So'oula
2000Guys and Dolls (Company)John Paul Players
Dir. Gabrielle Thurston


Bachelor of Performance and Screen Arts - 2009, UNITEC
Three Day Play Workshop and Development - Aute Ma Fagaloa - 2007
Speech Board New Zealand: Grades 6 - 7 - 2003, Gabrielle Thurston