Nora Vagi Brash, CMG, OBE

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.



  • 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 history

  • 1994 – Current: Board MemberTanorama Limited, Port Moresby, NCD. Papua New Guinea

  • 1994 – 1995: Visiting Senior LecturerTheatre Arts, Faculty of Creative Arts, University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

  • 1988 – 1993: Tok Pisin, Language & Culture TrainerDFAT (AusAID), Canberra, Australia

  • 1986 – 1987: Coordinator/Supervisor - PNG Student TeachersSchool of Education, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia

  • 1986 – 1987: Member of AusAIDSupporting ACT Council for International Students, University of Canberra, Canberra, Australia

  • 1982 – 1983: Temporary Tutor, Department of Language and Literature, University of Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

  • 1981 – 1984: Public Relations OfficerPNG Teachers Association, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
    Among other achievements, organised the 1984 World Teacher Convention in Port Moresby

  • 1977 – 1979: Deputy Director / Artistic DirectorNational Arts School, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

  • 1976 – 1977: Assistant Lecturer in Drama and PuppetryCreative Arts School, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

  • 1965 – 1969: Primary School TeacherKila Kila Primary School, Gaire Primary School, Goroka Demonstration School, Papua New Guinea
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Public Roles

  • 1998 - Moderator, Curriculum Division, Dept of Education, High schools Drama

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

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

  • 1979-1984: Board Member, National Theatre Company, PNG

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

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Productions & Tours

  • Productions

  • Own Plays

    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)

  • Others

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

  • Tours

  • 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, Singapor

    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: Guest presenter - “Lukluk Gen” Exhibition, Canberra Institute of Arts, Australia

    1991: Women Writers Conference, Macquarie University, Australia

    1991: Judge (1 of 3) Regional Section of the Commonwealth Writers Prize

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

    1992: Discussion Panel Member - Women Writers, Sydney Festival, Sydney, Australia

    1994: Visiting Senior Lecturer, Theatre Arts Faculty of Creative Arts, UPNG

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

    1995: Writers Workshop, Jais Aben, Madang (focused on production of school journals - New Zealand government funded)
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  • Plays

    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

    Kaurai - Traditional Story, dramatised

    Tama and Vaka - Traditional Story dramatised

    Flying Fox and Cassowary

    The Unhappy Wallaby

    Disobedient Daro - Contemporary Script.

    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


    Yumi Yet


    Angels of War

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

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