Nora Vagi Brash


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Ms Nora Vagi Brash was born in Dagoda Village, Central Province, Papua New Guinea. Nora graduated as a teacher in 1965 at Port Moresby Teachers College. Nora's achievements included "Dux of College", winner of the prestigious citizenship Prize from Rotary, and a winner of the "College Blue" in outstanding leadership qualities. Nora also graduated with Bachelor of Arts in literature and Diploma in Journalism from University of Papua New Guinea. Nora is best known as a playwright who produced her own plays.

Ms Nora Vagi Brash is a prominent figure in PNG who has held a variety of senior positions in the public and private sector.  She is the major shareholder and Executive Director of Tanorama Limited, a consulting and project management company, which has grown to be a successful firm with offices in PNG and Australia.

She has undertaken a wide range of consultancy assignments in the media, communication, education, curriculum development and training and research sectors for Government of PNG and International Development Organisations. She has a thorough understanding of the key issues and operating environment prevalent in PNG at the moment.

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Educational Details

Teachers Diploma

Port Moresby Teachers College, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Diploma Teaching Tools / Techniques

East-West Institute of Technology - Hawaii Centre, Hawaii, United Sates of America.

Diploma in Journalism

University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Bachelor of Arts in English/Commonwealth Literature

University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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Employment Experience

1994 – Current:        Board of Directors

Tanorama Limited, Port Moresby, NCD.  Papua New Guinea

1994 – 1995       Visiting Senior Lecturer - Theatre Arts

Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

1988 – 1993:       Provision of Tok Pisin language and culture training

Canberra for staff of DFAT and AusAID en-route to PNG, Canberra, Australia.

1986 – 1987:       Coordinator/Supervisor of PNG Student Teachers

School of Education, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia

19861987:       Member of AusAID

Supported ACT Council for International Students, University of Canberra

1982 – 1983:       Temporary Tutor

Department of Language and Literature, University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

19811984:       Public Relations Officer

PNG Teachers Association, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Among other achievements, organised the 1984 World Teacher Convention in Port Moresby

1977 – 1979:       Deputy Director / Artistic Director

National Arts School, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

1976 – 1977:       Assistant Lecturer in Drama and Puppetry

Creative Arts School, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

1965 – 1969:       Primary School Teacher

Kila Kila Primary School, Gaire Primary School, Goroka Demonstration School, Papua New Guinea

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Public Roles

1998 Moderator with curriculum division of DoE, High schools drama.

1978-1981: Commissioner (1 of 4) National Broadcasting Commission, PNG

1979-1984: Interim / Deputy Chairperson. National Cultural Council, PNG

1979-1984: Board Member National Institute of PNG Studies, PNG

1979-1984: Board Member National Theatre Company, PNG

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Own Plays

1976: High Cost of Living Differently (1/2 hour satire about social change)

1976: Which Way Big Man (1 hour satire about transition from colonial period to independence)

1977: Black Market Buai (Satire on economy and its significance to the ordinary people)

1980: Sold Outright (1/2 hour radio play about land issues)

1984: Taurama (Historical oral accounts of traditional justice - written for 10th Independence Anniversary)

1994: Pick the bone Dry (Satire on corruption in Public Services)

1993/4: City Spirits (1 act play about urban myths)


1995: Last Virgin in Paradise, written by Vilisoni Hereniko and Teresina Teaiwa (Comedy on mixed relationships in the Pacific)

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with National Theatre Company

1976:   Festival of Pacific Arts, Rotorua, New Zealand.

1977:   Festival of Dance, Point Venus, Tahiti.

1977:   Opening of PNG Permanent Exhibition, Institute of the Commonwealth, London.

as a Poet / Playwright

1977: Black Arts Festival, Lagos, Nigeria

1977: Cairns Festival, Cairns, Australia

1979: Academic Conference of Literature and Language (ACLAL), University of Canterbury, New Zealand

1985: Literature Conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore

1988: Pacific Writers Conference, Institute of the Commonwealth, London.

1990: Women Writers Conference, University of Papua New Guinea, PNG

1990: Guest Writer University Wollongong, Australia

1991: Presented the Exhibition “Lukluk Gen” as Guest of Canberra Institute of Arts, Australia

1991: Women Writers Conference, Macquarie University, Australia

1991: 1 of 3 judges of the Regional Section of the Commonwealth Writers Prize

1991: Guest at Australian Playwright Centre, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

1992: Sydney Festival - Panel Discussion on Women Writers, Sydney, Australia.

1994: Visiting Senior Lecturer in Theatre Arts Faculty of Creative UPNG.

1994: Participant Writers Forum East West Center  Literature Conference University Hawaii, USA

1995: Writers workshop at Jais Aben in Madang - funded by New Zealand Government.  Focussing on production of school journals.

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“Which Way Big Man and Five Other Plays”,  Oxford University Press, PNG 1996 (ISBN: 9780195539585).

Short Stories / Readers

“Toromuimui”, Oxford University Press, PNG 1997 (ISBN: 9780195541892).

“Grandpa’s Memories”, Oxford University Press, PNG 1997 (ISBN: 9780195541908).

Puppet Plays/Scripts: 1976 - 1982

The above scripts were used as Community children’s Theatre Workshop.

Appearances in many plays as a Guest Artist with the Moresby Theatre Group, Goroka Teachers College Players.

Actor with the National Theatre Company and Waigani Arts Theatre

Film making - specifically, documentaries about Papua New Guinea.

Nora's plays and poems have also appeared in numerous journals and publications in PNG and internationally.

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