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"Japanese Theatre" Future Project 2023 Regional Collaboration Project Art Caravan Satellite

The course will be taught by staff members originally from various prefectures in the Tohoku region who are currently working as professionals, and will provide an opportunity to learn about the ideas and approaches used in creating theatrical productions.

Come join us this year-end and New Year holiday and build up your acting muscles!!

[Miyagi Prefecture] Stage director

2023   December 26th (Tue) - 27th (Wed)

Day 1: 26th (Tue) 18:30   ~ 21:30

<Day 2 > Wednesday, 27th 13:00 to 15:30 / <Social gathering> 15:30 to 16:00

Venue: Sendai Theatre Workshop 10-BOX box - 2 ( 2-12-13 Oroshimachi, Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi Prefecture / 022-782-7510 )

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Theater is often called a "comprehensive art," which includes the audience. Because it is an expressive activity that exists only for the audience, it is necessary to create works that take this into consideration.

In Tokyo , theater exists as a market with the audience as the business target. But do theaters in local areas have a different target audience and needs? We will invite Theater Rampon, which is active in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture, as our guest and share the process of creating works and the connection with the audience for two days, and think about the meaning and significance of theater activities in the local area.


Navigator: Satoshi Fukuzawa (stage director)

Born in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture. Founded the backstage mutual aid society "Shibukudan" in 1996. Founded STAGE DOCTOR Co., Ltd. in 2009. Served as stage director for theatrical productions by Keralino Sandorovich, Keiichi Nagatsuka, Akira Shirai, Kazumi Kushida, Koki Mitani, Theatre Cocoon productions, PARCO productions, etc. Also works as a production manager, technical manager, and special effects advisor.

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Guests: Taku Takei, Junta Kusamitsu, Takashi Hosokawa, Naoko Shimoji

(Theatre Lampon)

Theater Rampon was launched in April this year by actors who had moved to Matsumoto and had been active there for many years, in order to keep alive the light of theater that was born in Matsumoto. The main performance will be held in November. They also carry out other outreach activities.

[Fukushima Prefecture] Video

2023   Thursday, December 28   15:00-18:00 / <Networking session> 18:15-19:00

Venue: Iwaki PIT (5-13 Hiranegicho, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture / 0246-22-7777)

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"I want to try out a special move from an anime..." Why not make that wish come true with a stage video? No serious talk! Under the guidance of Manabu Kato, who has created action scenes for various stages such as the MANKAI STAGE "A3!" series, we will add video effects to your movements. You can even cosplay! We may even ask you to create video effects. Look forward to it!


Lecturer: Tsubasa Yokoyama (video)

Born in 1981 in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture. After graduating from university, he studied under Daiki Ueda. After going independent, he founded Oberon Co., Ltd. Through a series of unexpected events, he ended up being in charge of the video for many 2.5D stage productions, a position he continues to hold today. He is a director of the General Incorporated Association of Stage Video.


Instructor: Manabu Kato (Sword Fighting Instructor)

Born in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture. Action director and swordplay instructor. He works in a variety of genres, including stage, drama, and film, with a focus on 2.5-dimensional productions. His main works include stage productions such as "MANKAI STAGE A3!", "My Hero Academia," and the musical "Tokyo Revengers." His TV productions include NHK's "The Day the Taiga Drama Was Born," "Zennin Tenement," and "Kenju Sho."

[Aomori Prefecture] Director

2023   Friday, December 29th 14:00-18:00 / <Networking session> 18:15-19:00

Venue: Hachinohe Portal Museum Hacchi Residence A (11-1 Mikkamachi, Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture / 0178-22-8228)

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What kind of work does a director do in the theatrical production process from the script to the stage production ? We will share the perspectives and thoughts of directors who create the world of a work, including the perspective from which they read the script and the important points in the creation process, with examples introduced.


Lecturer: Norito Nakayashiki (director)

Director and playwright. Born in Aomori Prefecture. Won the Best Original Script Award at the 49th National High School Drama Competition for "Fake Macbeth" while still in high school. Founded "Kakikuu Kyaku" while attending Aoyama Gakuin University, which became a theater company in 2006. Since then, he has been involved in writing and directing all of the company's productions. In addition to the company's main productions, he has also worked on "Theater Project to Watch with Children" and "Female Shakespeare," a Shakespeare performance project featuring only actresses, and in recent years has directed many externally produced works.

[Yamagata Prefecture] Screenplay

2024   January 4th (Thu) - 5th (Fri)

Day 1: Thursday 4th   13:00~18:00

<Day 2 > 5th (Fri) 13:00-17:00 / <Networking party> 17:15-18:00

Venue: Yamagata City Lifelong Learning Center, Yugakukan, Training Room 4 (1-2-36 Midoricho, Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture / 023-625-6415)

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Day 1: "Launch your project"
You will learn the process of where to start creating a work, and how to develop and shape it. We will also examine specific cases, such as what to do when your work is based on an original work.
Day 2: "Arranging the work"
You will learn the steps to revise the first draft in preparation for rehearsals . You will proceed while thinking about the skills required of a screenwriter.


Lecturer: Hide Sugai (Screenwriter)

Born in 1984. Scriptwriter, director, actor, and workshop instructor. Head of the theater unit "Mo'xtra". His main activities include writing and directing the play "A Star Prayer for the Children of Perdition" created with high school students, coordinating the production of the stage play "Murder on the Orient Express," and writing the stage play "Teru-kun, Kamitteru!".

The film "Karaoke Night," for which he wrote the screenplay, won the Best Film Award at the Kadoma International Film Festival 2019. He is also writing the screenplay for "Decalogue I-X," which is scheduled to be performed at the New National Theatre in 2024.

[Iwate Prefecture] Lighting

2024   January 6th (Sat) - 7th (Sun)

Day 1 (Basics) 6th (Sat) 13:30-20:30

<Day 2 (Advanced)> 7th (Sun) 12:30-15:30 / <Networking session> 16:00-17:30

Venue: Iwate Art Support Center Kaze no Studio (3F, Eiyu Building, 4-20 Sakanamachi, Iwate Prefecture / 019-604-9020)

Day 1: "Stage Lighting is Fun! Lighting Plan Case Study" (Basics) This is a series of experiences and explanations using actual examples, from lighting plans for small theater productions to focusing and creating light.
Day 2: "Inside the Mind of Lighting and Set Designers" (Advanced) How should stage lighting be related to the director, set designer, and stage manager? We will role-play with guests about meetings in the planning stage.


Lecturer: Masahiro Kudo (Lighting Designer)

Nagatake Hakamada (stage designer *7th only )

Masahiro Kudo was born in 1975. After graduating from university, he moved to Tokyo and worked for a stage lighting company before becoming a freelance lighting designer. He has designed lighting for around 300 theater productions, mainly at small theaters. In 2015, he moved his base of operations to his hometown of Morioka, Iwate Prefecture. He currently works as the technical director of the Iwate Art Support Center, where he is involved in theater productions, mainly at Kaze no Studio.

<Hakamada Nagatake> *See Akita venue

[Akita Prefecture] Stage art

2024   January 8th (Monday) 11:00-16:00 /   <Networking Event> 16:30-17:30

Venue: Akita Arts Theatre Milhas, Creative Rooms 1-3 ( 2-52 Senaki Meitokucho, Akita City, Akita Prefecture / 018-838-5822)

Through workshops, you will experience the fundamentals of thinking about theater and stage design.
We create "uncomfortable spaces" while thinking about "standards" and "boundaries."
The size of a "human" / the convenient state / the difference between what is "just right" for each individual and what is "just right" between individuals


Lecturer: Nagatake Hakamada (stage designer)

Set designer. Born in 1975 in Noshiro, Akita Prefecture. Graduated from Akita University. Has worked as a set designer since 2000, mainly at small theaters in Tokyo. Has been involved in 500-600 theater productions as a set designer. Works in a wide range of fields, not just theater. Runs Ikkai Higashi-Gotanda. Creates the environment and systems for co-working spaces specializing in the creation of set design. Involved in on-site experimental creation while producing.

Target audience: High school students and above. People who are involved in theater activities in their local areas.

Participation fee: Free

What to bring: A passion to create theater

*Items to bring will vary depending on the venue, so you will be informed after registering.


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