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Born in 1949, Kirti Jain, is an MA in English Literature from Delhi University and has a diploma in Theatre (specialization in Direction) from the National School of Drama (NSD). She joined the NSD in 1977 as Assistant Professor in Indian Theatre History and went on to head the institute as its Director for seven years from 1988-1995. Prof. Jain has documented the performances and work process of several Indian theatre directors, with a focus on women directors, has published articles in theatre anthologies, and is currently associated with the publication of a Hindi Theatre Journal. Her most recent publication is an edited volume titled, Badal Sircar: Search for a language of Theatre which came out in November 2016. She is also a member of the Editorial board of the theatre journal Studies In Theatre and Performance, published by Exeter University. Additionally, Prof. Jain has contributed essays for the Companion to the Indian Theatre and Oxford Encyclopaedia of Theatre and Performance. She also participates in conferences, conducts workshops and gives lectures on theatre, both at the national and international level. A recipient of several awards and felicitations, Prof. Jain was honored with the B.V Karanth Smrirti Puraskarfor her contribution to Theatre in 2010 and the Sangeet Natak akademi Award for Direction in 2011. Prof. Jain's recent directorial work includes:- Kaun Thagwa Nagaria Lootal Ho on globalization and market economy and based on a seminal Hindi story by Kashinath Singh- Sab Kuch Chakachak, a play for young people about displacement- Baghdad Burning, a play that evolved from a blog on US invasion of Iraq- Hamara Shahar Us Baras about the impact of communal politics and based on Geetanjali Shree’s novel of the same name.