Kirstin Pauka holds an MFA in Applied Theater Studies from the Justus-Liebig University of Giessen, Germany, and a Ph.D. in Asian Theatre from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Professor Pauka teaches Southeast Asian theatre history, field research methods, digital design, directing, Asian acting styles, randai. Research interests: Randai, Indonesian and Southeast Asian theatre and dance, Asian puppetry, ritual performance, and martial arts. Recent productions: Randai plays Umbuik Mudo and the Magic Flute, Luck and Loss: Manandin’s Gamble, The Genteel Sabai; and Balinese Tempest. Professor Pauka has published widely on randai, silat, and related topics. Pauka is the director of Graduate Studies in Theatre and will serve as the Director for the Center of Southeast Asian Studies at UHM from 2014-18. Kirstin Pauka is a professional member of the Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble.
Campus Recognitions: UHM Regent’s Medal for Excellence in Teaching