- 5 September 1941
Manawatu, North Island, New Zealand
- Alternative Names
- Mathers, Alma Margaret (maiden name)
A New Zealander by birth, Alma De Groen has distinguished herself as a feminist playwright whilst living in Australia and Canada. On moving to Australia in 1964, she wrote her first play, The Sweatproof boy in 1968. She has written for live theatre, film, radio and television in Canada and Australia. In 1998 she was the first playwright to win the Patrick White Award for her contribution to Australian theatre. In 2003 she returned to live and work in New Zealand.