SEPTEMBER 26 - 29, 2019



September 27-29, 2019


 The $300 Workshop Pass includes:

  • Four performance craft workshops
  • Four tickets to selected Festival shows
  • Entry to the Kathleen Turner Master Class 


Photo by Josh Andrus

2019 Festival Workshop Experience 

The 2019 Festival Workshop Experience
 was a weekend of hands-on workshops designed to share Japanese performance techniques employed by Tennessee Williams and Yukio Mishima in their plays.

From Friday September 27 at noon through Sunday afternoon September 29, four workshops were offered to attendees, led by renowned masters.

Workshops related directly to the Festival-presented productions, exploring Noh, Kabuki, Kyôgen, and Kami-shibai storytelling.

About the 2019 Instructors

Elizabeth Dowd – Noh. Elizabeth began her study of Noh in 1992 through a Creative Artist Fellowship from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. That experience led her to co-found with Richard Emmert the Noh Training Project at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, where she served as Producing Director and faculty for twenty years. Elizabeth continues training through her work with Theatre Nohgaku and with Noh performers Matsui Akira and Oshima Kinue. A Founding Member of Theatre Nohgaku, Elizabeth has toured in productions of At The Hawk’s Well, Pine Barrens, Crazy Jane, Pagoda, Sumida River, and Blue Moon Over Memphis. She is the author of Gettysburg, an American Noh which will have its world premiere at the University of Pittsburgh this September.

Natsu Onoda Power – Kami-shibai. Natsu Onoda Power is an adapter/ director/ designer. Recent credits for original work include Ursuka K. LeGuin’s The Lathe of Heaven at Spooky Action Theater; Alice in Wonderland with National Players; and Wind Me Up, Maria!: A Go-Go Musical at Georgetown University. Directing credits include Vietgone at the Studio Theatre; The White Snake at Baltimore CenterStage; Charm at Mosaic Theater. She is an Associate Professor of Theater and Performance Studies. Onoda Power holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University, and is the author of God of Comics: Osamu Tezuka and the Creation of Post-World War II Manga (The University Press of Mississippi, 2009).

Mark Oshima – Kabuki. Mark Oshima is a Kabuki researcher, translator and singer in the Kiyomoto style of Kabuki music under the stage name of Kiyomoto Shimatayu. He was born in Colorado, educated at Harvard University and International Christian University in Tokyo, and has been a resident of Tokyo since 1987. He writes and records commentaries subtitled in English for Kabuki and Bunraku puppet theater for Earphone Guide and is also a translator for “Kabuki Kool” on NHK World. Translator of “Photographic Kabuki Kaleidoscope in Japanese and English (Bairingaru de Tanoshimu Kabuki Zukan, Shogakkan 2016)” by Kimino Rinko and supervised by Ichikawa Somegoro. His published translations of plays include Mishima Yukio’s “Kuro Tokage (Black Lizard),” and Kabuki translations include “Musume Dojoji (The Girl at Dojoji Temple)” and “Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan (The Ghosts of Yotsuya).”

Laurence R. Kominz - Kyôgen. Professor Kominz received his Ph.D. in Japanese literature from Columbia University under the supervision of Donald Keene. Kominz' writing and research specialty is Japanese drama, and he has also taken performance lessons in Japan in Noh, Kyôgen, Kabuki, and gidayû bushi (recitation for Bunraku puppet theatre). Kominz teaches courses in Japanese language, literature, drama, and film, and he also directs fully-realized Kyôgen and Kabuki plays in English. Most recent among them was The Revenge of the 47 Loyal Samurai in 2016. Dr. Kominz' most recent book is Mishima on Stage: The Black Lizard and Other Plays.

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