Jane Pumai Awi is from Papua New Guinea (PNG). She has recently completed her PhD in Creative Industry with The Queensland University of Technology, Australia. In her PhD study, she pursuing a practice-led research on examining the indigenous performance elements and genres and harnessing them to create new form of applied theatre for HIV and AIDS education Papua New Guinea. Jane has a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Performing Arts from The University of Papua New Guinea (1998-2002). She also has a Master of Arts from The University of Queensland from 2003-2004. She taught Literature and HIV and AIDS Education at the University of Goroka in Papua New Guinea for the last five year before undertaking a PhD study in 2010-2013.
She has successfully completed her study and currently attached with the Creative Arts and Media Communication Division at the University of Goroka, PNG. Jane's research interest is in HIV and AIDS education and awareness, community theatre and oral literature and cultural studies, indigenous theatre and performance, and community mobilisation and empowerment.